Comments by r2d2

Written on Auriemma ties Summitt with 8th title as UConn crushes Louisville, 93-60:

in response to vol98champ:

Just continuing to play like we did this year should be enough to win the SEC. Beating the top teams in the country will require a dedication to perfection that was missing this past year. Perfection will not be realized in Nov and Dec. It has to be mostly accomplished in the off season.

Thanks for your comments.

Written on Auriemma ties Summitt with 8th title as UConn crushes Louisville, 93-60:

The LVs finished 11th in defense and 1st in offense in SEC team statistics for 2012-2013. They need to finish no lower than 2nd in both categories in order to qualify as a legitimate contender for a NC in 2014. Any comments?

Written on Auriemma ties Summitt with 8th title as UConn crushes Louisville, 93-60:

in response to claiborneh:

Pat and Geno won all their championships with the best of the best in a sport without as much parity as other sports. Get a Griner, Taurasi, Holdzclaw and you are expected to be in the title game. The TN vs UConn was about recruiting not as much coaching. When Moore went to UConn, Summitt knew the ramifications. Next up: Stewart vs Russell

You are 100% correct.

Written on Auriemma ties Summitt with 8th title as UConn crushes Louisville, 93-60:

in response to Mike_In_Storrs_CT:

Its impossible for many Tenn. fans to do the same and be classy. Its so ironic how many bloggers here claim how classy Pat is and how classy Tenn. is, and then you read some of the nasty disgusting comments made by a few on this board?? Calling Geno a convict? Calling him a cheater? Calling Geno a rapist? Attacking Maya Moore and her family? Calling them thiefs, cheaters and liars? Now some are even attacking Stewart, making fun of the way she looks? Hey folks she is 18 years old, and she will be the best player in the nation, so learn to live with it, not to mention she is an awesome kid and great teammate and an honor student!! All sour grapes by a few sour people who cant accept that your program is not good anymore and probably wont be ever again!! So Maya Moore visited ESPN on her recruiting trip!! So freaking what!! NCAA has cleared any issues that were reported by YOUR COACH! So I guess that makes her a liar. I know if you falsly report something to the police department you get in trouble! Why didnt your team get in trouble for making false accusations to the NCAA. The Uconn program has never been in trouble for anything ever. Its too bad some of you dont realize some of the great charitable things Geno and his family does off the court. Geno was one of the first people to start a fund for the Sandy Hook Victims! I am also sure that he has donated to Pat Summits charity as well. But all we get is name calling, false accusations, disgruntled bitterness from a few so called classy Tenn. fans. Not all, but a few bad apples. At least we dont have any former players who are accussed of attempted murder walking around out there!! I think it would be funny and ironic if Mercedes Russell decides to pull a Delle Donne, and leaves Tenn. unexpectdly. Maybe she will call a news conference and announce that she wants to transfer to another program. She probably realizes now that she wont be winning any championships at Tenn. She probably wants to at least have a chance to win a championship, and she maybe doesnt want to waste four years of her life losing at Tenn. Who knows maybe she will transfer to Uconn, or maybe Notre Dame. That would be really funny!! Great job Geno and to your awesome players, your just starting your third dynasty, and there will be many more Uconn championships on the horizon. Sorry I cant say that about the Tenn. Program though!!

Don't count your chickens before they hatch. UCONN won the NC because of Kim Mulkey's coaching mistakes. TN will contend for a NC if they can improve their defense. Also, don't count out Maryland, Duke, North Carolina, Stanford or Notre Dame.

Written on Auriemma ties Summitt with 8th title as UConn crushes Louisville, 93-60:

in response to kazoo:

Geno is a jerk but he's a great coach--and he is TOUGH. He has been kicking butt and taking names while we play like a Brownie troupe. Look at all the big games we've been in the last two year--we play scared. Look at the way CT. played Louisville and look at the way we played them--embarrassing. CT. starts 3 freshman, I believe--or certainly at least three get big minutes--and they play with verve and toughness. We have veteran players who can't handle the pressure of big games and look terrible even against teams that have won nothing--and yet our diehards claim that the Vols were "young." Actually, we weren't young at all--every team has young players, most more than we did. We've had recruiting and coaching issues going back many years actually, but because we got Parker and won a couple of titles with her they largely went unnoticed.

We practically had a trip to the Final Four and championship game handed to us this year, and instead of seizing it like a program eager to get back to the top after six years, we folded like a cheap suitcase. Trust me, we'll never have it easier than an elite eight matchup with a good but far from great Lousiville team and then a California team that wasn't top-tier by any stretch. Warlick needs to stop being the nice aunt and crank up the toughness quotient or we will continue to eat Connecticut's dust. I'm still stunned by our milquetoast performance against louisville.

Louisville took advantage of a horrible weakness in the LVs defense. They could not stop easy buckets in the paint. They finished 11th in defense in the SEC. I don't know if the blame lies with the players and/or the coaches. This weakness must be correct if the LVs are to contend for a NC in the future. By the way, they finished 1st in offense in the SEC.

Written on Auriemma ties Summitt with 8th title as UConn crushes Louisville, 93-60:

in response to RLL59:

Let's face it. Geno recruits players that can and will play his style basketball, which is what works with the speed and athleticism of today's game. And many of the the best players in the country seem eager to go there. UConn wasn't the best basketball team throughout the year; they lost to Baylor, and to Notre Dame 3 out of 4, didn't win their league title nor their league tournament. But they won the big tournament, and both the teams that beat them will lose far more than they will in graduations. Until the Lady Vols' coaching staff decides to modernize their game, I'm afraid they rarely will beat teams with equal or better talent. The last 5 years' results show that.

I don't know the extent of Geno's violations of recruiting regulations, but it does appear that it's mainly dedicated Lady Vols fans that believe they are extensive and repetitive. Sports can be important in people's lives, but they're not worth whining over year after year. I want UConn to lose in any game they play because of the rivalry, but I won't denigrate their team for a claim against their coach 6 years ago.

I agree completely with your comments. UCONN was the 3rd best team in WCBB. GENO won his 8th NC due to a poor coaching effort from Kim Mulkey. Baylor had all 5 starters from a team that went 40-0 last year including the most dominant center in the history of WCBB, and an All-American point guard. During the regular season, they defeated UCONN 76-70 including scoring 50 points in the second half. Baylor should never have lost to Louisville. I believe they would have defeated UCONN. Remember, Stewart was a nonfactor in that game.
Also, Maya Moore played at UCONN because her mother did not want her daughter playing for a divorced woman. Her first choice was TN.

Written on John Adams: UConn one big victory shy of Lady Vols:

I respect Coach Auriemma's record at UCONN. However, he has been the recipient of some lucky breaks to win 7 NCs. Maya Moore played for him because Pat Summitt was a divorced woman. UCONN defeated Stanford 3 years ago for the NC because Stanford's best player, Janet Appel, was injured. If he wins tonight, and he probably will, it is because Kim Mulkey allowed Louisville to score 82 points on her defense. This should not have happen with Brittney Griner, Odyssey Sims and Brooklyn Pope on her team. Louisville will not score 82 points on UCONN and UCONN could not have defeated Baylor.

Written on Holly Warlick receives Maggie Dixon award for rookie coaches:

I respect Coach Auriemma's record at UCONN. However, he has been the recipient of some lucky breaks to win 7 NCs. Maya Moore played for him because Pat Summitt was a divorced woman. UCONN defeated Stanford 3 years ago for the NC because Stanford's best player, Janet Appel, was injured. If he wins tonight, and he probably will, it is because Kim Mulkey allowed Louisville to score 82 points on her defense. This should not have happen with Brittney Griner, Odyssey Sims and Brooklyn Pope on her team. Louisville will not score 82 points on UCONN and UCONN could not have defeated Baylor.

Written on Lady Vols approach offseason with urgency, use time as season in itself:

in response to WCBB_FAN:

For those of you who didn't know, Mercedes was at the final four game. Anyone curious to know what see is thinking about Louisville beating Baylor, Tenn.( her college choice over Louisville) and Cal. and now ready to compete for the national championship. The lady cardinals did not look like a lost struggling high school team and I didn't see the coach doing any sideline babysitting when they were down by 10. His players stayed calm and found a way to prevail. I bet she is wondering if she made the right decision coming to Tenn.

Ms. Russell is not wondering if she made the right decision to come to TN instead of Louisville. They have made a great NCAA tournament run but UCONN will end that run on Tuesday. TN needs to improve its defense to win a NC and Mercedes will be a key player to accomplish this. I hope her nickname is "Bill" during her tenure at TN.

Written on End to Lady Vols' season doesn't feel good:

in response to jack4444:

I would imagine Tennessee won every tournament game where they scored 78 points prior to this one.

Defense and rebounding is what Pat preached. This team simply tried to outscore the opposition.

You are correct. The LVs finished first in average points scored per game and almost last in average points allowed per game according to SEC statistics. They were not a good defensive team. That is why they lost to Louisville.

Written on End to Lady Vols' season doesn't feel good:

in response to mjc66:

Do you mean by point guard not being able to defend against other point guards? Possibly a valid point although I don't think everything was her fault.

But, if you were saying Ms. Massengale isn't a good point guard on the offensive side, didn't you read the article that said the team matched their scoring average from the rest of the year?

This game was lost (unfortunately) by a not-so-solid defensive effort. And, to lay that blame solely on Ms. Massengale is quite wrong. This was a team effort and the loss should be spread equally across all players.

Your comments hit the nail solidly on the head.

Written on Louisville stops Lady Vols' run to Final Four, 86-78:

in response to SummittsCourt:

Well said Theo. Most of these moronic critics have never played the game of basketball in their lives, let alone coach. They know nothing and their ignorance is spewed out every time they type and hit the post button.

These buzzards are not happy unless their teams are #1 and winning by 30. Basically they are poor losers who have not matured enough in life to understand you can't win every game and every championship.

To critize Coach Warlick (the SEC coach of the Year & possibly the national coach of the year) in her first year after she leads this young, inexperieced, injury riddle team to the Elite 8 is beyond understanding.

I agree 100% with your comments. The team and coach Warlick deserve a applause for a great season given the adversities they had to deal with. They lost to Louisville because of the weak side of their game which was defense. They have had this problem all season. I believe they will be stronger defensively next season and finished the regular season with a won-loss record of 27-2. I predict they will contend for a national championship.

Written on Louisville stops Lady Vols' run to Final Four, 86-78:

in response to Volinflan:

Vol Point guard - 27 minutes, 3 assists, 1 point, 2 rebounds, 2 steals

Notre Dame PG -24 min, 9 assists, 24 points, 5 rebounds, 5 steals

Louisville PG 24 min, 3 assists, 24 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal

And there you have it Ladies and Gentlemen!

The point guard does not have to be the team's leading scorer. Remember, the LVs dropped 52 points on Louisville in the second half. They lost the game due to poor defense especially in the paint.

Written on Louisville stops Lady Vols' run to Final Four, 86-78:

TN lost to Louisville because of poor paint defense and lack of an offensive takeover player. I believe Ms. Russell will help with the paint defense. I am not sure who will develop into a offensive takeover player like Skylar Diggins of ND.

Written on Lady Vols must deal with 'head of the snake' against Sooners:

in response to maxvolfan#217855:

It will depend on which Simmons shows up. I would not start her because of nerves. She will have her family there. Or if she does start if she makes that 12 foot jumper off the glass on the first shot of the game watch out! Man I hope Spani scores 33 pts. I was at that game against A&M and still scratching my head on how we lost with her scoring that much.

We lost because team was tired (except for Spani). Played back-to-back games for first time this season.

Written on Lady Vols have new location to view selection show:

in response to johnlg00:

You said yourself that it wouldn't have taken much from Izzy to make a difference in the outcome of the A&M game at least. They didn't need her to score or dominate like A&M needed Bone or UK needed Mathis, they just needed her instead of somebody who is, like Nia Moore, not yet a solid SEC post player or somebody who isn't a real post at all like, well, darned near everybody ELSE on the roster right now. A couple of defensive rebounds and outlet passes leading to open-court layups and a couple of extra offensive rebounds for put-backs or just another possession or two and a block or two results in a solid LV WIN! The difference between winning and losing between evenly-matched teams is vanishingly small even if the actual final score wouldn't seem to indicate that.

I agree with your comments except that I believe that Holly did not allow Nia to develop into a solid center. She assumed that Nia did not have what it takes.

Written on Meighan Simmons' foul problems no problem for Lady Vols' scorers, 82-73:

in response to ps11824:

Anyone know what's up with Nia Moore and J Phillips??? Why are they nailed permanently to the bench? Are they so far behind the rest that there's no possibility they might be able to spell someone? Just curious...

I believe Holly is committed to play only 7 or 8 players. I agree strongly with her commitment to a consistent starting lineup. However, I would not let a potentially good player rot on the bench. I believe Holly should have allowed more playing time for Nia with Izzy being injured a lot.

Written on Lady Vols think offense against Vanderbilt, 83-64:

in response to maxvolfan#217855:

Many teams has a x factor player ...that without them their team would probably lose a couple games. A Duke team without Gray is gonna struggle, Kelly Faris is the glue to Uconn, Sims tonight will be key, of course take the ball out of Diggins hands and ND loses. Tennessee is a team where anyone on the team can score or make a difference . I agree about playing defense and not allowing a player to dump 33 pts or 24 pts on us but in some cases that will happen. It's all about shutting down the rest of the team. You might not stop Griner from getting 25+ on you but if u can play tight D on Sims and hope the other players are cold you might have a chance.

I believe UCONN's x factor player is Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis or Stefanie Dolson.

Written on Lady Vols think offense against Vanderbilt, 83-64:

in response to maxvolfan#217855:

Glad Uconn lost. :) But CW and our assistant coaches can learn a lot about passing and defense from these two teams. I watched this game and was very impressed on the hard crisp passes and easy dump offs to the open player by both teams. Yes both teams had their share of turnovers but it was a chessmatch that Baylor won. I'm afraid if our coaches don't change the way we play Def. and practice how to make better passes , we are gonna see a lot of the same even with great players.
UK/Aggies - I believe we can take care of the Aggies the same way we beat Vandy. They turn the ball over more than Vandy and they have no 3 pt threat. You take Bone out of the game we win.
UK we get Mathis out of her rhythm and we contain Stallsworth. Mathis is foul prone. If we sit her on the bench we will be fine. First things first tame the Tiger and Warthogs.

I agree with your assessment of UCONN as a good defensive team. However, Baylor dropped 50 points on UCONN in the second half. The game would have been a blowout except for the play of Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Baylor's slow start in the first half.

Written on Lady Vols think offense against Vanderbilt, 83-64:

A lot of comments on this message board are lamenting the LVs poor defense. I believethat the lack of defense prowess is due to a couple of facts. One, the LVs are a relatively young team. Most young teams are better at offense than defense. Second, the LVs lack a true post player or center. I believe Bashaara is more of a power forward (like Lebron James) than a center. I hope Ms. Russell will rectify this situation next season. Connecticut is a good defensive team beacuse of a senior, Kellie Farris and a true center, Stefanie Dolson.

Written on Lady Vols meet Warlick's challenge to compete in close of LSU game :

in response to ModelMaker:

I agree with you about the defense. But I think we need more experience also. I think it take's at least two full years experience of college ball for a player to reach his/her potential. Too say anything less is demeaning the sport. Before Izzy got injured we started three sophmores, a freshmen and one junior. Simmons is a great player when she play's withen herself. Problem is she hasn't learned to do that yet. Maybe playing Kamiko more, or even starting her would have made people sit up and take notice. Any highly skilled job a person does is going to take at least a few years to reach their potential.

"I agree with you about the defense. But I think we need more experience also. I think it take's at least two full years experience of college ball for a player to reach his/her potential." I was almost ready to disagree with your comment until I checked UCONN's roster. They are a very good defensive team and they have 2 seniors, 2 juniors and 1 sophomore in their starting lineup.

Written on Bashaara Graves' layup ends frantic final seconds for Lady Vols, 64-62 :

The LVs cannot win the SEC unless Nia Moore can give some help to Graves in the post. Holly needs to place her in the starting lineup. If she plays well they have a chance for SEC. If she does not play well, then they do not have a chance to win SEC. The LVs were lucky to win LSU game despite the heroics of Graves and Simmons. They need post help.

Written on Bashaara Graves' layup ends frantic final seconds for Lady Vols, 64-62 :

in response to emailnodata:

UT was extremely fortunate.

The big post, 55, for LSU showed you how to play great post offense. Her and Graves together would be unstoppable.

LSU hits the FT's, UT goes home with a loss. Caldwell doing that "clear the lane" deal is, well, stupid. A couple of those boards on the missed FT's went wide.

LSU is having some character issues, but tonight they played a strong game.

"LSU hits the FT's, UT goes home with a loss." I agree with you. Taber did not play well. She had 0 points in 18 minutes. LVs would have won anyway with a good contribution from her even if LSU had made those missed FTs. Izzy was missed once again.

Written on Lady Vols may 'try to go with five or six players' after latest set of injuries :

in response to KennyGVolsFan:

I think we should at least put JP in. She is long and athletic and has experience that our other players do not. Of course, she has experience at the Junior level but it's more than our frosh have!

She looked really good in the last minutes of our last win! I think if we gave her the opportunity to step-up that she would impress.

The two players that really NEED to step-up are our PG and 2 guard!!!

Massengale's defense is HORRIBLE! She is slow, gets beat off the dribble AND the jump shot! She doesn't seem to put any effort in on defense. I do agree that she does a good job on the offensive end.

Simmons needs to step-up. Her defense has fallen and her offense has gotten worst. She couldn't hit the broad side of a barn in the last two games!! She also drives in so fast that she commits unforced turnovers. She then tries to do to much to correct what she has done wrong. She is a very good capable player but needs to slow down.

JJ is a great player! I just can't stand those passes to the post that are over shot and always goes out of bounds. I understand what she is doing, she's putting to much power behind it.

It's hard to say that Graves needs to step up considering she is our only post. She is doing what she can against the double teams and her size doesn't help. I don't disagree that she should be getting those layups, she has a lot on her being the only post.

Taber needs to learn to take the three!! She was recruited because of her shot making abilities and always passes up the open three for a step-in jump shot that she consistently misses. She is a great player with good range. TAKE THE OPEN SHOT!! You were recruited to SHOOT THE THREE!!!

Williams has been very impressive these last few games. I hate to say it but I think we would have won that game had she not gotten injured. I don't understand why she isn't a starter. She is a very capable player and has been very impressive.

I know these ladies can rebound and I know they are capable of winning out. They need to step into their roles and play the game they know they can play!!

My honest opinion of these players. They are all capable. They just have to step up and play their role and do what they are capable of doing!!

Defense and Rebounding wins games. We sucked at both the last time out!! Come on ladies we believe in you!!

I agree with all of your comments especially the comment about JJ being a great player (in the making). She is deadly accurate with her 10-15 foot jumper.

Written on Nikki Caldwell says LSU in 'desperate situation' :

Nikki is not a good fit for Tenn. Maya Moore's mother would not let her play at TN because CPS was divorced. She would have gone bananas at Nikki's situation. I know this seems hypocritical but this is what some people believe.

Written on Lady Vols may 'try to go with five or six players' after latest set of injuries :

in response to switcher76:

That's exactly what I was thinking!! Didn't see time to get them in...REALLY!! How about when you were down and apparently everyone you had on the floor couldn't throw it in the ocean or defend worth a phooey. How about trying the two on the bench and see if they couldn't get something going. I mean really what was it going to hurt when you are down that much already. They are there for a reason or they wouldn't be wearing a jersey that said "TENNESSEE" on the front!!!!!! The team is dropping people like flies due to injuries. If those two on the bench get a little self confidence under them then they might just be able to play better. With Izzy out we need some more height in the post. Let Moore give it a try and see what happens.

Thank you for your comments.

Written on Lady Vols may 'try to go with five or six players' after latest set of injuries :

"I just didn't see the time to get them in," Warlick said. I hope CHW is saying she believed the LVs could have won the Missouri game. I have a hard time of believing this myself since they lost by 17 points. Is she saying that the LVs cannot win if Moore and Phillips play? I do not understand her logic. Can some one on this message board explain CHW's logic to me?

Written on Lady Vols caught in the Eye of the storm against Missouri, 80-63 :

In December 2012, I predicted the LVs would finish the season with a won-loss record of 22-7. Their present won-loss record is 17-5. I know this is not good acoording to the standards set by CPS. However, it is a good record for a first year coach with a relatively young team, especially for a team beset by a string of injuries. I predict the LVs will be a lot better next year with a won-loss record of 27-2.

Written on Isabelle Harrison to undergo knee surgery:

in response to PeytonWM18:

Simply hate the news about Izzy, but hopefully she'll return soon, stronger than ever. God's speed!

The point-guard discussion has been fascinating. I agree that Ariel, for whatever reason, isn't playing solid, consistent ball. She's hesitant when she should be assertive and too out of control when she should bring a calm influence to the flow of the game.

Add to the LV's pg issue an off-guard as inconsistent and uncontrollable as Simmons, it's a wonder the LVs have a winning record. Thank goodness the SEC isn't as strong as some years in the past.

As for next year's team, it should be loaded for a legit run at the title. Three major obstacles, Griner-Diggins-Obawhat'shername at Stanford, will be gone, thank goodness. If Russell is what the so-called experts say, there's immediate help in the paint and on the boards.

This lineup could dominate:

Carter
Burdick
Graves
Harrison
Russell

Yes, I'd bench Meghan and Ariel and let them come off the bench after observing the start of the game. If either is off, back to the bench quickly.

One good positive the LVs may gain from Harrison's injury experience for Nia. She plays hard, runs the floor well and has great size. Playing time will only help come tournament time and definitely going into next season. Frontcourt depth should be a strength next year.

Go Lady Vols!

Take Meighan Simmons out of the lineup this year and you would have 3 or 4 more losses. She is the LVs leading scorer at 18 points a game. This is a rounded figure. Holly cannot leave her out of the starting lineup next year.

Written on Skylar Diggins scores 33 to lead Notre Dame past Lady Vols :

in response to maxvolfan#217855:

What separates the 'Elite team's and the rest this year is .
Baylor's senior laden and 6'8 #1 pick Griner
ND #2 pick Diggins and great coach
Uconns Allstar cast and IMO best defender in the country Kelly Faris great coach
Stanfords Chiney O and a great coach

Our team will get there sooner than you think.

Kim Mulkey is a great coach also. TN will get there with Holly and Ms. Russell, Bashaara and possibly Jasmine Jones and Jannah Tucker.

Written on Skylar Diggins scores 33 to lead Notre Dame past Lady Vols :

in response to kazoo:

This is true: Had PS not landed Parker, we'd be looking at a program that would have been down for a long time. Our recruiting in Summitt's last several years got very spotty--but the coaching was even spottier. We still get a ton of talent, but we do not get a ton of great coaching. That's been evident mostly in the fact that team's half-court offense and passing are just not that good. PS relied on defense and rebounding, and on offense she relied on great players--not good players playing good team basketball. That is what has been missing. UT has lots of GOOD players--more than ND, for sure--and so ought to be able to beat the Irish. But you have to play good, solid team basketball to do it. Yes, there have been injuries--but we were behind with Harrison in the lineup last night. You can't give up 20 layups off the same high-post set and expect to win a big game. And you can't keep shooting 30 percent and expect to win big games. UT will get Burdick back soon, and I hope Harrison is OK. If so, we might still make some serious noise in the tourney. This is a talented group, but the Vols have to be better and tougher in the big spots.

"PS relied on defense and rebounding, and on offense she relied on great players--not good players playing good team basketball. That is what has been missing.". You are absolutely correct about CPS winning strategy. I believe Holly wants to change that strategy. However, she may be forced to adopt it for her own strategy.

Written on Skylar Diggins scores 33 to lead Notre Dame past Lady Vols :

in response to Theo:

I must disagree on a small point of order. We do have a first team All-American on our team. She is just an underclassman at the moment. She is in high school at the moment. This team is very talented. Our time is right around the corner.

I was excluding Ms. Russell.

Written on Skylar Diggins scores 33 to lead Notre Dame past Lady Vols :

The All-American factor is the most important factor in WCBB when the teams are even according to talent. ND has a true first team ALL-American player. The LVs do not. By the way, neither does UCONN, but they are a better team overall than the LVs. As I read on anoter essage board, put Skylar on our team and the LVs win.

Written on Skylar Diggins scores 33 to lead Notre Dame past Lady Vols :

The LVs lost because their paint defense is not the best and they do have a true All-American player like Skylar Diggins. I hope this will change next year with Ms. Russell. Other potential All-American candidates are Bashaara and Jasmine Jones, Also, Ariel does a passable job at point guard but the LVs need a better point guard to win a NC.

Written on Lady Vols stress playing with passion to avoid another top-5 defeat :

in response to oldbasshead:

Can someone explain to me what the UT Lady Vols are missing when it comes to playing a top 5 teams. They have not had much success at that level for a while now. What has to happen to beat ND?

Coach Summitt won her 8 NCs with the formula of a great defense, a reasonable good offense, strong rebounding and an All-American go-to player. The present team has a reasonable good offense and an go-to player. They do not have strong defense and strong rebounding. That is why they do not fare well when playing top 5 teams.

Written on Notre Dame-Tennessee lineups :

I am a loyal LVs fan. however, I believe ND will win this game by 20 to 30 points due to our poor defense in the paint. Scoring in the paint is a ND strong point.

Written on Fast start, fight to the finish for Lady Vols, 83-75:

in response to golfman1975:

Michelle Marciniak was the MVP in 1996

Yes she was. I should have said that Chamique was the "missing piece" for the 1996 team. Michelle was the MVP.

Written on Fast start, fight to the finish for Lady Vols, 83-75:

in response to golfman1975:

LV's had a 10 loss team that won the NC in 1996. Every team in the final 4 had beaten the LV's and they beat an undefeated UConn team in the semi's. You never know what will happen, all it takes is an off night by ND and some strong play and it could happen. If the same team shows up that beat North Carolina you never know. I think HW will zone...mix it up to give inside help.

Remember, Chamique Holdsclaw was on the 1996 team. She was injured and did not play most of those 10 losses.

Written on Fast start, fight to the finish for Lady Vols, 83-75:

in response to johnlg00:

Truth hurts, but you are right on both of these points. Ariel has plenty of talent, but she isn't as quick as I would like, and her judgment with the ball is way more suspect than it should be, as much as she has played in the last year and a half. Izzy still seems hesitant since her injury. Bashaara had some good moments last night, but Izzy seemed out of it. Time enough to worry about how to handle Baylor or UConn; they need to take care of business against ND first. If they can win that one, then they MAY have the confidence to hang with the rest of the Big Four when the NCAA tournament rolls around.

Tennessee can not handle UCONN or Baylor or Notre Dame for that matter. I am a loyal LV fan but I am realistic. Both UCONN and Baylor have dominant post players. Baylor has the most dominant post player in the history of WCBB. Notre Dame does not have D. Peters in the post but their post game is stronger than the LVs. They were able to stop Brianna Stewart of UCONN at a critical point in their win over UCONN. The LVs will be much stronger next year will the addition of Ms. Russell. I believe Izzy is more of a power forward (like Bashaara) than a post player.

Written on Fast start, fight to the finish for Lady Vols, 83-75:

in response to golfman1975:

Certainly, the LV's will have a tough time with ND Monday night. I feel like the bigs are afraid they will get into foul trouble. Monday they will play well in the pait I think HW will zone some Monday to change the pace...mix it up. Hope we have a romping crowd.

I hope my comments were not too negative. I am looking at the ND game from a realistic standpoint. ND plays well in the paint. Remember, they defeated UCONN. I wish Holly wolud try a zone defense to see if this would help.

Written on Fast start, fight to the finish for Lady Vols, 83-75:

Good win. However, LVs can not defeat ND. The paint defense is not good enough. Forty six points in the 2nd half is way too many points to give up to Vandy. I am not sure what why Holly cannot get the LVs to play a better defense. I wish they had Mercedes Russell this year. As I said before, I hope her nickname is "Bill" during her career at Tennessee.

Written on Inside story: Bashaara Graves, Isabelle Harrison back on track as Lady Vols handle Alabama, 96-69 :

I believe that Holly coaches more like Geno than Pat. She seems very offensive minded, just like Geno. She believes in playing 6 or 7 players only except for a blowout, just like Geno. Holly will pull a player out of the game to talk to them but she puts them back in the game after talking to them. This is very similar to Geno. She pats players on the back when they come out, just like Geno. I am not saying that she is a copycat of Geno but her coaching style is similar to his coaching style.

Written on Inside story: Bashaara Graves, Isabelle Harrison back on track as Lady Vols handle Alabama, 96-69 :

in response to maxvolfan#217855:

Its hard to evaluate this game. I saw a lot of mistakes and this team has to develop a killer instinct early and learn how to score in streaks and play shutdown D. Too many times the Bama Simmons had too many easy layups. Our girls has to play stifling D if we will have a chance against ND or UK or even TAMU who is playing good ball right now. I think our team will be on top of the conference . I have a feeling UK will drop a game against USC and maybe TAMU. After ND our girls should have it easy until we meet UK. Just play it out I guess. The talent is there . We just need to harness it. GLV

I agree with your comments. I believe the defensive problems are caused by a young team trying to play too many complicated defensive schemes. Holly needs to simply the schemes. It is better to play one or two schemes well than to play many schemes poorly.

Written on Meighan Simmons' big second half leads Lady Vols at Auburn, 75-66:

Holly needs to try and give Jasmine Phillips some playing time at point guard. This will alleviate some of the pressure on Ariel.

Written on Meighan Simmons' big second half leads Lady Vols at Auburn, 75-66:

in response to retiredVolinGA:

Well, we were there, drove over to Auburn in the cold. There was a very small crowd and I agree with most of the posts made here. They were scrappy and it got us out of our game. They were mugging our inside players and that caused our offense to sputter. Thankfully 3/4 through the game we took charge and played our game. We were at a loss on the technical foul, it was not explained to the crowd. Winning made the drive home a lot more pleasant, GLV

The TV commentators gave the reason for the technical foul. Auburn had six players on the court.

Written on Meighan Simmons' big second half leads Lady Vols at Auburn, 75-66:

in response to RLL59:

Izzy stayed out of foul trouble. But the price the Lady Vols paid for it was a far less aggressive center, and probably her worst game of the year. Her frustration and worry about sitting on the bench more than half the game is certainly affecting her game. She has to avoid dumb fouls, but return to being the rebounder, shot blocker, and scorer she has been most of the season.

This was another good win, but the Lady Vols will have to continue to improve their game, not their heart, if they hope to beat Kentucky or Notre Dame, the two games left in the regular season where they will likely be the underdog. I hope they spend more practice time on their basketball deficiencies rather than beating themselves up for a non-existent attitude problem.

Very astute comments on Izzy. She was playing not to foul. This affected Bashaara's play. Izzy has to learn how to play hard without fouling.

Written on Cierra Burdick was injured doing drills with Bobby Maze :

in response to VolzsFan:

the dumb thing was for a woman's player to be on the same court with a man's player. They will get hurt all the time. Stick to practicing with the male managers that could not play middle school ball.

This was not a dumb thing. All of the top women basketball team practice with male basketball players, not just male managers.

Written on Bashaara Graves named SEC Freshman of the Week a fourth time:

in response to Volinflan:

So what position is Jasmine going to play? I just watched the Holly Warlick show (replay) and JJ made some killer moves. She played 23 minutes and scored 12 points. It looked like most of her points were made when she received the ball on the elbow and drove to the basket. I guess that's a power forward move? If she continues that and Burdick comes back with her sweet elbow jumper this team is going to get dangerous. The TV commentators keep talking about the Tennessee team being "long and lanky". Now I get it. With Burdick, Graves, Harrison, Jones, Moore and Spani there is a bunch of "really long arms in there".

Perhaps the schedule will allow a few games where players like Nia Moore and Jasmine Phillips can have the opportunity to develop. The Lady Vols will need them in April!

Jasmine Jones should play the small forward or 3 position. One of the keys to how far the LVs can progress this season and in the NCAA tournament is the development of Jasmine, Jasmine Phillips and Nia Moore.

Written on Free throws key, but nothing came easy in Lady Vols' OT win over Florida:

The LVs should have won this game 75-65 in regulation time. They did not get but 3 points from the bench. I wish Jasmine Jones offensive skills matched her athletic ability. She would be something special.

Written on Free throws key, but nothing came easy in Lady Vols' OT win over Florida:

I enjoyed the game but I am puzzled why Holly does not play Nia Moore. I guess she not do well in practice. Izzy has got to become smarter with fouls. The LVs cannot win without her in the lineup. Jasmine Jones need to slow down on offense and make quality shots.

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