The #4 Ladies play #24 Tennessee tonight at 6:30 in Seattle. The line is even; over/under is 138.5. The game is on ESPN2. These two teams played at Tennessee on Dec 4; and VT won 59-56. The Hokies were in control most of the game; they lead by 10 after the first quarter; 4 at the half. UT closed to within 2 at the start of the second half; the the Hokies pulled away to lead by 8 after three quarters. They held on to win by three when a desperation shot at the buzzer missed. Kitley only had 6 points and 9 rebounds in this game playing mostly against 6'6" Tamari Key. Key will not play today. The tallest starter for UT will probably be #11 Karoline Striplin, 6'3" Soph Forward; but 6'5" soph Jillian Hollingshead #53 plays about 17 min per game off the bench.
Tennessee has played 14 opponents who are currently ranked or receiving votes. Their only wins were against #21 Colorado on Nov 25 and RV Ole Miss on Feb 2. They also beat RV Toledo on Mar 20 to advance to the Sweet Sixteen.
Tennessee is not a particulary good three point team at 31.8%; but they only allow 31.0%. Only Tess Darby shoots above 32% at 42.2% on 70 of 166 among players likely to shoot from beyond the arc. Striplin will step out occasionally and shoot a three; but she only has 12 made threes on the season in 29 attempts.
UT outrebounded their opponents by 10.5 rebounds per game; they average 15 offensive rebounds per game. The battle on the boards may be critical tonight.
Only #2 Jackson and #25 Horston average double figure scoring; but a lot of players (8) average 5 to 7 ppg.
I'm optimistic about this game. I don't see Tennessee holding Kitley down again. And if our three point shooters can make their average, we should be able to bring home a win and move on to the Elite Eight.
LET'S GO HOKIES!
As in we'll heckle them the whole game?
God please let us win.
Looking ahead ... Ohio State beating UCONN by 10 at half
Absolutely do not look ahead!
I'm looking ahead to 6:30 pm tonight.
Darn tooting and not a second further at this time!!!
I am stuck with game cast. And oh.....fuck miami.
Well at least listen to the hokie radio broadcast. There's a vt Hokies app
6:48pm tip now for those wondering
Amoore's vert gotta be taller than me.
It baffles me how Kitley can get absoutley mugged in the paint when she's on offense, then on the other end of the court the slightest contact draws a whistle.
My first quarter takeaway is that I think it's interesting that Hollingshead on Tennessee apparently pronounces it "Holling-shead" instead of "Hollings-head". Stay tuned for more hard hitting analysis.
Haha... now I'm hearing it.
Terrible call. That's not an offensive foul. Kitley penalized for being tall.
Yeah, I think the Tenn. girls face got inside Kitley's cylinder!
Was a pretty marginal call.
Tennessee so unused to fouls being called on them that when they call one, they put their hands up and say "what?"
D. Gregg better watch her "hip check" on her screens.
I suddenly feel the need for an Australian flag...
AMOORE, SHE PUT THE TEAM ON HER BACK
FUCK YOU GUMBY
Great great half
Amoore is in the zone
Love hearing the Hokies in the crowd on TV.
If we can weather the storm in the 3rd (typically our worst quarter), then I like our chances to finish.
I've always thought the second was our worst
Kitley is gonna come out with a chip on her shoulder this half. That offensive foul call was crap. "I'm sorry miss but you breathed while being bearhugged and that's not allowed."
Let's not forget the contributions of Kayana Traylor. Seven points, three rebounds, and three assist. And probably a couple of hockey assist. She's a really good ball handler!
She's having a great game
They played most of the second quarter without Kitley and extended their lead. Optimistic for the second half.
If the defense fronts Kitley, we need to be careful on our inlet passes. Can't be too lazy and can't be to strong to put her too far under the basket. Need to be smart!
They don't call the chicken wing anymore.
Good call on that timeout.
Soule gets pushed to the floor...out of bounds on her.
So many "physical" plays
What is it with players from the state of Tennessee assaulting their opponents? One of the Memphis players hit a BGSU player last night in the handshake line.
Zebras trying to closen the game up... looks like we'll have to do what we did all year and win 5 on 8
Just checking in! Go Hokies!
Gimme a F..... break
What a horse$h!t call on Kitley.
The whole quarter could fertilize the state of Kansas
Horse Manure haha
Not a shooting foul on King...
Haha... the NBA continuation there... SMH at these officials. So effing bad.
Yeah. Foul on the floor plus 5 steps. Horseshit
Man announcers pulling HARD for Tennessee. Disgusting
VT, the number one underdog.
So we should shut them up by just winning. Which we are. So fuck them.
Where do these WBB officials come from? Local high school crews are better than this.
Better 3rd gotta stay on it in the 4th. The refs are really letting everything go at this point
Unless it's Kitley.
This is awful. We are not handling the press at all. Letting that dictate everything. Combined with the swallowed whistles, that was a disastrous finish to the 3Q
Amoore hit by three Volls before the pass. Can't count the number of times ladies thrown to the floor on rebounds.
On rebounds tenn players hook your arm if it's above or pin your arm between their arm and body. Never is called!
Brooks did a nice job of not calling out the refs.
You saw it in his eyes how he wanted to answer ...
If I were dictator for a day my first action would be to put all wbb refs in jail for life.
My husband, a former college bb ref, laughed at and agreed with that comment!
She played it, because otherwise it wouldn't have gotten called.
Calling that foul embellishment is absurd
Suddenly, they're calling fouls on Tennessee.
Well, this is about as ugly as it can be.
Correction, refs made it a 4 point game.
With confusing, inconsistent foul-calling.
THIS TEAM IS SUPPOSED TO NOT DO WHAT ALL THE MENS TEAMS ALWAYS DO
Need a little more offense, way to stagnant and afraid to go inside.
We gotta be able to cross half court first unfortunately
Please repeat everyone.
You never pick up your dribble when being pressed.
Traylor is an underrated piece of the VT puzzle
Already in the bonus is great. Break the press and draw fouls.... we got this. I'm just worried they're out of gas
Not out of gas, it's just a matter of the clutch gene
We've only played 6 players in a tough high pressure game but that too
UT definitely has a lot more depth and it's quality depth at that.
We always only play 6 players
This is getting fesity
Would be ok with Amoore keeping the ball until fouled the rest of the game
How is that hack on Kitley not a foul?
Amoore bucket and a foul on rebounding
Georgia Amoore is a baaaaad baaaaaaaaaaad girl
The officiating in this game has been extremely inconsistent
finally called that arm hook thing on Tennessee.
And ejected the player, I think.
Jesus here we go again
Tenn didn't have control of the basketball so should not have been able to call a bench timeout
The refs are reasonably useless.
Lady Vols tonight
About to throw my remote to Seattle
That's a tieup?
She punched Soule twice
How that's missed I can't understand.
They don't want to see it
Uhhhh that should be an ejection
Tennessee getting away with punches are you serious
The refs are missing all sorts of shit.
It's an outright mauling out there. Should be an ejection.
We're getting obliterated out there and they're calling jump balls
Tennessee basketball loses with the same dignity in mena and women's basketball
Like cheap bitches
Kicking and crap?
Refs need to call that bullshit.
Fuck Tennessee, classless. Bye lady lols
Taylor Soule going for the crash test blocker award.
Get all the starters out...no need to risk them
Tennessee may not have won tonight, but they left their dignity on the court.
This assumes they had any when they entered the arena
I think it's a school requirement that they turn in their dignity when they sign their NLI
Any punches thrown in the shake line?
Didn't see. Probably arm weary from all the punches thrown during the game.