View Full Version : Lady Vols pull away in 2nd-half

12-30-2008, 05:57 PM
A good, close 1st-half... But the 2nd-half, it was all Lady Vols. They were so long and tall inside.

12-30-2008, 06:48 PM
A good, close 1st-half... But the 2nd-half, it was all Lady Vols. They were so long and tall inside.

From Gametracker info, looks like it. Seven players 6-0 or taller. Five of them 6-2 or taller.

Haven't seen the game yet. FSN has braodcast delayed until 10:00 pm over here on the west side.... so we could watch the Lady Huskies play Kansas State. (Huskies lost :( I wanted them to win to help our RPI.)

From Gametracker, I was encouraged at the half. I'll be watching at 10:00 pm, even though I know the outcome.

Go Lady Zags! The pain you endure now will serve you well when you begin WCC play.

12-30-2008, 07:26 PM
Here I am. Two hours before I can watch the delayed broadcast at 10:00 pm on FSN. (Don't get me wrong. I'm greatful that I can see the game at all!)

From monitoring Gametracker, it seemed that Courtney was below her norm in the first half. Did she just have an off night (it happens), was it their physical height, were they double teaming her, or a combination of everything?

It seemed she had more impact in the second half.

If you don't read this in the next couple hours, I guess I'll find out when I watch it.

Go Lady Zags! Hang in there and March will bring it's rewards.

12-30-2008, 07:33 PM
It was an enjoyable game to watch. They made a valient effort, Vols are just bigger, quicker and very talented. I was proud of our the effort the Ladies made and only had a few collages all the way. I'd bet Graves and the team will view this as great exposure and a good education.

Enjoy the replay.

12-30-2008, 07:38 PM
Thanks, Spud. :)

12-30-2008, 08:21 PM
This is the first ladies game that I've been to this year. I was really impressed with courtney. She did have quite a few missed shots at the beginning of the game, but after that she looked really good. She made some great passes and got her hands on a lot of balls while on defense.

On Tennessee, Bjorkland sure has a pretty shot. She made a couple of threes with defenders in her face. Tennessee really had a tough front court, but the interior of Gonzaga held their own for much of the game.

12-30-2008, 08:28 PM
Thanks, gu03.

Even though you posted the coveted 777 number in CGIV. :(

j/k :). I realize it's first come first serve.

12-30-2008, 09:35 PM
I can't believe it. But then again, I guess I can, but not happy about it.

They delayed the GU - Tennessee game to broadcast the "Holmgren Farewell Press Conference".

It's 10:51 now and still going. Hope it ends quickly. :(

So..... What this means is that I have taped 51 minutes of the Holmgren Farewell Press Conference instead of our Lady Zags. :(

12-30-2008, 10:01 PM
Finally!! We on the West Side get to see the game. it's 11:00 pm. :(

12-30-2008, 10:29 PM
I'm sad we missed this game -- but we got to watch it on Satellite here in Texas. It was a good close match and I thought we needed to keep UT turning the ball over like they were in the first half if we had a chance, but Coach Summit showed why she's been in this business for as long as she has. She's an absolutely wonderful coach and made some great adjustments at the break to really enforce their will.

I'm really proud of the effort that the ladies put forth tonight, I think it was a great showing. :)

If only we had Shives and Shaffer (sp), we would have been much more competitive and might have been able to pull one out.

12-31-2008, 06:06 AM
I was pleasantly surprised that the game appeared [B]Live[B]on Dish here in Texas. Supposedly, Fox Northwest is not available here. (They did not offer the UW game that followed.)

The GU woman certainly gave a good account in the 1st half, including their hustle and rebounding, though the Vols were superior shooters throughout the game. In the 2nd half the Vols controlled the boards.

I liked Vivian Friesen's toughness. She didn't back off from the physical Vols.
Hopefully, the positives from this game can launch the Zags to greater success in the conference season and beyond.

12-31-2008, 08:53 AM
Courtney's shot wasn't falling, I don't think she hit one trey, and she was a bit sloppy with the ball more than usual. But UT's D really stepped up, too.


While the sold-out crowd was obviously rooting for Gonzaga, hometown girl Angie Bjorklund got plenty of cheers during introductions.

Bjorklund scored 14 points to lead No. 8 Tennessee past Gonzaga 77-58 on Tuesday, giving Coach Pat Summitt her 993rd career victory.

"I always wanted to play here," Bjorklund, a sophomore from Spokane, said. "I had lots of family and friends in the stands."

She had plenty of help on the court also. Alyssia Brewer added 14 points, while Shekinna Stricklen and Vicki Baugh each scored 12. Baugh added 15 rebounds as the Vols (10-2) dominated the boards 45-30.

Bjorklund was a four-year starter at University High in the Spokane Valley, and many in the crowd wore T-shirts with "TennZaga" printed on them in support of the player. Bjorklund said it was an odd experience to be cheered on the road.

The one downer for Bjorklund was that her older sister, Gonzaga senior Jami Schaefer <http://gozags.cstv.com/sports/w-baskbl/mtt/schaefer_jami00.html> , injured her knee last week and could not play. The game was arranged two years ago as a showcase for the sisters.

"Things happen. You've got to go with it," Bjorklund said.

Last year, Gonzaga (11-4) traveled to Tennessee and Bjorklund scored 23 points in the Vols' 93-73 victory. Jami had 19 points in that game. She watched this one from the bench.

Tennessee, coming off an overtime win over Stanford, let Gonzaga hang around until midway through the second half. Then their defense shut the door on the Zags, outscoring them 24-14 over the final 10 minutes for the win.

"This Gonzaga team is very tough," said Summitt, who is on a quest to become the first NCAA coach--male or female--to win 1,000 games. "We were not defending and rebounding the way we wanted to."

After a slow start, Gonzaga made 6-of-7 field goals to take a 23-20 lead, helped in part by eight Tennessee turnovers. But Glory Johnson's layup tied the score at 24, and Bjorklund's long 3-pointer put the Lady Vols up 27-24 and they never relinquished the lead.

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Tennessee led 38-33 at halftime despite 11 turnovers. Gonzaga shot 43 percent in the half after starting just 4-of-18.

That five-point margin held into the second half, until Tennessee scored seven consecutive points for a 53-41 lead with 11:51 left. The Zags, plagued by poor shooting in the second half, could not make up the difference. They made just 9-of-30 shots in the second half.

"We didn't play our best basketball tonight," Gonzaga coach Kelly Graves <http://gozags.cstv.com/sports/w-baskbl/mtt/graves_kelly00.html> said.

While it was an honor to have the two-time defending national champions in his building, "we wanted to play better and win the game," Graves said.

Heather Bowman <http://gozags.cstv.com/sports/w-baskbl/mtt/bowman_heather00.html> led Gonzaga with 19 points and Courtney Vandersloot <http://gozags.cstv.com/sports/w-baskbl/mtt/vandersloot_courtney00.html> had 13 points and 10 assists. The Zags shot just 37 percent, making just 3-of-13 3-point attempts.

The Zags, who average about 1,900 fans per game, sold out the 6,000-seat McCarthey Athletic Center for the first time.

The Bjorklund sisters were both stars at University High in the Spokane Valley Angie became Tennessee's first recruit from Washington. She scored 2,103 points in high school, averaging 25 points and 10 rebounds as a senior. She started as a freshman at Tennessee last year.

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WOW! Thanks, 116. "Enjoyed" reading the comments and responses. Darn near posted my own response to a couple of those ......... (bite my tongue). Ahhh, heck. They were probably nothing but trolls anyway.

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