Long-range thinking

As noted in my story for tomorrow’s editions of the News Sentinel and online at govolsxtra.com, there’s room for improvement regarding Tennessee’s 3-point shooting.

And there’s reason to believe improvement could be achieved.

For example, Andraya Carter came into the season with a career shooting percentage of 39.1 percent from long range. The figure was based on 87 attempts, too. Her shooting history suggests that her 2-for-18 accuracy on treys so far is an aberration.

Someone worth watching is freshman guard Alexa Middleton. She shot 35 percent from long range as a senior at Riverdale High in Murfreesboro and won the 3-point shootout held in conjunction with last Spring’s McDonald’s All-American Game. She hit both of her 3-point attempts in the season opener against Penn but is 6 for 21 overall. She was 5 for 6 from the field against Oregon State Sunday but all of her attempts were from inside the arc.

Fellow freshman Kortney Dunbar remains second on the team in treys with 10 but has played in just seven games. Redshirt freshman Jannah Tucker’s potential, meanwhile, still is just that. She’s made just one cameo appearance in her return from multiple knee surgeries.