Monthly Archives: December 2010

Always a Lady Vol

My first season of covering Tennessee women’s basketball was Melissa McCray’s last season. I was just in time.
One season was enough to gain an appreciation for her, not only as a player but a teammate. I remember writing a story and describing her as the “mother hen” of the team. I sensed that she liked the story, even though she never said so.

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Second thoughts on a Monday

Reconsidering Tennessee’s 82-72 overtime victory over Stanford Sunday night:
— Afterward, I tweeted that the victory wasn’t a cure-all but definitely a character-builder. The review wasn’t favorably received by some followers. No matter, I’ll stand by it. After a hot start, Tennessee’s offense nearly ground to a halt in the second half. Meanwhile, Stanford was hammering away with 62.5 percent field goal accuracy. The Lady Vols didn’t solve their problems as much as they fought through them.

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Second thoughts on a Sunday

Reflecting on Sunday’s 92-77 win at Texas and looking forward to Tuesday’s showdown at Baylor:
— Amazed at the role Kamiko Williams played in Sunday’s win. At one point, UT coach Pat Summitt said the 5-foot-11 sophomore wouldn’t play point guard again this season, and she plays most of her 37 minutes Sunday at the point. Her playing 37 minutes is worth a story in itself. Wondering if someone else on the coaching staff is championing her cause. At any rate, Williams didn’t hurt herself with 14 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and zero turnovers against the Longhorns.

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