Lady Vols climb off the deck for SEC tournament victory over LSU

Down by 15, determined Lady Vols rally

Tennessee’s Bashaara Graves celebrates in the final moments against LSU in the SEC women’s basketball tournament quarterfinals at Gwinnett Arena in Duluth, Ga., on Friday.
(SAUL YOUNG/NEWS SENTIN

Photo by Saul Young, 2014 Knoxville News Sentinel

Tennessee’s Bashaara Graves celebrates in the final moments against LSU in the SEC women’s basketball tournament quarterfinals at Gwinnett Arena in Duluth, Ga., on Friday. (SAUL YOUNG/NEWS SENTIN

DULUTH, Ga. — Bashaara Graves discovered a great view in an unlikely place Friday night.

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ORboy writes:

A&M looked very good tonight. It should be a good game tomorrow. Hopefully the Lady Vols won't wait until the second half to play their best.

oldster writes:

A lot of teams who have had byes in the first rounds or two of a tourney are outplayed by teams that have played in the first rounds in the first half due to "rust" on their part and momentum by that their opponents have to have by virtue of even being in the game. Those advantages are usually overcome due to the reasons for the relative seeding and fatigue/rest factors.

MichaelL writes:

If they fall behind by 15 to Texas A&M, they will have a much harder time climbing out of that hole. They had better come prepared to play both halves, or they will be coming home a day early.

MichaelL writes:

in response to oldster:

A lot of teams who have had byes in the first rounds or two of a tourney are outplayed by teams that have played in the first rounds in the first half due to "rust" on their part and momentum by that their opponents have to have by virtue of even being in the game. Those advantages are usually overcome due to the reasons for the relative seeding and fatigue/rest factors.

That didn't happen to any of the other top 4 seeds. The Lady Vols have been like this all season, hot and cold. They haven't played a full 40 minute game against a quality team more than 3 times this season. It seems that it always the same story- "A tale of two halves."

oldster writes:

in response to MichaelL:

That didn't happen to any of the other top 4 seeds. The Lady Vols have been like this all season, hot and cold. They haven't played a full 40 minute game against a quality team more than 3 times this season. It seems that it always the same story- "A tale of two halves."

I did not say that it happened to every high seed, just a lot. Check out the rest of the tourneys this year and see if it does not happen a few more teams - including teams that are not as streaky as the LVs.

BTW: Are you aware of ANY team that plays consistently well all the time for an entire season and post-season?

RLL59 writes:

This was a good win and an outstanding comeback. But it was a bit of a fluke. Rarely does a team win without a 3, and almost never would a team be able to come back from 15 points down without a 3. It could only occur against a team with such a weak inside game. If Meighan is not making them, we need Andraya, Jordan or Cierra to step up. The ball needs to go back outside quickly to set up the open three point shots against better teams like A&M and SC.

What's with coming out of a timeout in a zone defense after catching up and tying the game by playing an aggressive man to man? No surprise that they immediately hit a 3. At least they had the good sense to go back to man defense against a team that could only shoot from outside.

Surprised that Jasmine only played 5 minutes after having such a great game against SC. She had 4 rebounds in those 5 minutes, but must have been doing something wrong.

Having such a deep experienced bench paid off in this game. LSU was totally gassed in the late second half. In this game at least, Coach Holly giving players more playing time during the year offset the cohesion that playing only 6 or 7 players develops. Without Jordan and the experience she gained during the year, we don't win this game.

I watched NC barely beat Maryland after leading by 7 or more most of the game. I may criticize the Lady Vol coaching at times, but NC basically plays a street game. No coaching required. They wouldn't even slow the game down with 2 minutes to go to protect the lead, and it nearly cost them the game.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to oldster:

A lot of teams who have had byes in the first rounds or two of a tourney are outplayed by teams that have played in the first rounds in the first half due to "rust" on their part and momentum by that their opponents have to have by virtue of even being in the game. Those advantages are usually overcome due to the reasons for the relative seeding and fatigue/rest factors.

Exactly; I would have mentioned that myself if you hadn't. Every gym has different sightlines, shooting backdrops, and even the relative "springiness" of the floor is different. The lower-seeded team is playing you because they just won a game and thus usually come out with confidence.

Still, a great, gutsy performance by the LVs. The familiar problem with turnovers continues to rear its ugly head, but it is worth noting that the LVs still outscored the Tigers by 20 off turnovers. That is the real bottom line, not just the number of turnovers a team commits. We can all hope they keep the turnovers down, especially the live-ball kind that turn into runouts for the other team, but as long as the LVs are turning the other team over and converting them themselves, I for one can live with them.

murrayvol writes:

in response to oldster:

I did not say that it happened to every high seed, just a lot. Check out the rest of the tourneys this year and see if it does not happen a few more teams - including teams that are not as streaky as the LVs.

BTW: Are you aware of ANY team that plays consistently well all the time for an entire season and post-season?

It happened to my Murray State Racers last night. Not a good feeling.

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