"I really do think a lot of our girls are competitive," said sophomore forward Taber Spani, an uber-competitive person. "I think obviously we have to get rid of the ups and downs. When someone challenges you for not being competitive I think it's a good challenge for our team."
"That absolutely goes against everything I am but her wanting to challenge us I think that's a good thing. We've got to step up and take that challenge. It's all about showing it on the court. That's what we're focusing on."
With Spani in at the start that means Kamiko Williams, who played point the past two games, will come off the bench. Right now, Williams runs penetration plays from the point – a strong suit given her pull-up game in the paint – but her knowledge of set plays remains limited and the simmering issue percolated to the surface during the Baylor game when a clearly agitated Williams came to the sideline for a timeout.
"That's why she's out of the lineup," Summitt said.
"Kamiko has got to get better handles," Summitt added, referring to both her dribbling – the ball comes too high sometimes – and knowledge of the playbook. "She would be a great backup there. Knowing the plays, having strong handles with the ball.
"I told her, ‘You've got to learn to play low and quick and pull back and cross over and do the things that can get you an advantage."
That means freshman Meighan Simmons will take the reins again at point guard – Williams primarily played the position on the two-game Texas swing while Simmons handled it against Lamar and at ODU – but with reminders to get the ball moving. Simmons has played 11 college basketball games after a high school career in which she was the team's offense. Williams emerged from the same system, as do many players on Tennessee's team, and it's an adjustment at the next level.
Despite her first-year status, Simmons can call set plays and get to the correct place on the court from the point and shooting guard positions.
"She knows the offense," Summitt said. "She doesn't always like it, but she knows it.
"My first thing to Meighan has been since the Baylor game, ‘Rather than go in looking for your shots, go in looking to create for other people. Once we get the ball going, once we get movement and work from top side, back to the top, reverse, we get better options.'
"She pretty much played in high school by herself and now she's got to really work with her teammates. She's very coachable so I think she's going to come through this and learn and I still like her there."
Summitt is also sending messages to players about commitment on a daily basis, which would include committing offensive plays to memory and getting up extra shots. That's part of the reason Spani is starting Sunday.
"She gets in the gym," Summitt said. "I am not convinced this whole group has been in the gym like they need to be."
Summitt lauded the group for its off-season work – and Glory Johnson has been seeking out Dean Lockwood for extra work – but once school starts gym time can decrease as players try to balance basketball with books.
Now, with classes out for several weeks all the players have plenty of extra time. After practice ended Saturday, several players lofted extra shots and free throws, and Johnson, Vicki Baugh and Alyssia Brewer took over the other basket with Lockwood.
After the team returned to practice Wednesday from the state of Texas, Summitt met with the team in the locker room – a session she called a "roll call."
"I think the effect that you're going to hopefully see on Sunday is that this team needs to come together and get focused," Spani said. "I think we have been at times, but Tennessee is not a one-hit wonder or play good against a ranked team and then go lay an egg. That's not who we are. That's not who we want to be.
"I think the effect you're going to see hopefully is going to be a team who is very focused, who knows what they're going after and who is going to show it on the court."
Baugh, a redshirt junior forward, has been in Knoxville since 2007 and has endured three knee surgeries – two ACLS and a meniscus tear. She's been on the court as a player and had a bird's eye view on the bench from the coaches' perspective while rehabbing.
"We understand what Coach wants out of us," Baugh said. "She wants the best for us. Everyone sees the potential in this team. She sees the potential and when we're not there it looks like lack of effort, and Coach Summitt does not coach effort. She should not have to and she is going to stay by that.
"We'll deal with the way she is in practice and we'll just have to suck it up and play through it. She's a tough coach, and it's not going to change."
Summitt has brought the heat on several occasions in practice this season and especially this past Wednesday and Friday when she reminded the players of how few had even been to a Final Four. But she also has lighter moments with the players, including on the Texas road swing in which she playfully took Johnson's headphones and bobbed to the music and Saturday when she swiped the reading glasses of Assistant Coach Mickie DeMoss and imitated her going over the scouting report. Both antics brought laughter.
"We know what it means to our coaching staff and hopefully to us, because I know it does to me, the importance of winning," Spani said. "It's all about getting back to the team winning and the team accomplishing the goals that we set out to do.
"From a coaching standpoint, they want to win, and we want to win and so we need to go and show them that we can win and we can be a team and that we are capable of those goals and expectations."
The team does have some legitimate reasons for its early season struggles. Shekinna Stricklen, a two-year starter at point guard has moved to power forward because of lack of depth in the paint. The move was a relief to the junior forward. The three bigs are in various states of repair – Brewer just returned from September surgery for her Achilles heel, Cain is hobbled by hip and back issues, and Baugh is coming back from a long layoff and not projected to be fully back until late this season or even next season.
"Obviously we want everyone to be healthy and we know that everyone brings a big part of the puzzle when they are healthy," Spani said. "But we have to realize that no matter who's out on the floor, no matter who's able to play, it should not change, because the mindset should be the same with all 13 players.
"Obviously when you have your bigs in there they bring great depth and they bring great skill sets and athleticism, but when you don't have them you have to find a way to win. Right now it's all about finding a way to win with whoever's on the court. I think that's what Pat really wants to see and I think that's what we want to show her."
Spani has firsthand experience with having to be moved on the court. The sharpshooter is best deployed on the wing, but with three post players out or limited she has had to help inside. Spani's shooting percentage has dipped this season as she has adjusted to finding shots in different places than where she was accustomed in the past.
"When you play different positions you get different shots," Spani said. "I've been coming in (now) on the wing, I am getting in a little rhythm, but I've got to be ready if I am a four or a three or a two. Know the shots and get into a rhythm quick because, this I know, this team needs everybody."
Spani found her stroke in Texas – most of her minutes on offense came from the perimeter – but she will also have to defend in the paint at times.
"I've done both and I've gotten more comfortable with both so wherever Pat wants to put me I'll be ready to go," Spani said. "I am going to study Stanford and know whoever I am going to guard and hopefully take away their strengths."
Baugh pointed out that the pileup of injuries has prevented players from getting together enough on the practice court. Baugh and Cain are in and out on a regular basis, and Brewer is just now in the mix. Freshman point guard Lauren Avant, who was expected to get plenty of early season repetitions, missed weeks because of hand and ankle injuries.
"We're all confused and we don't need to be confused because we are a veteran team," Baugh said. "I think that's our problem. There's a lot of confusion on the court. People are still trying to find their roles and what Coach wants out of them. It's been hard trying to get everyone healthy. We're not having consistent practices because some people aren't playing together because you don't know who's going to practice what day and who's not.
"I think that's something every team goes through at the beginning of the season and it's better at the beginning of the season, but we're getting ready to go into conference play. We're overcoming some adversity right now and trying to find ourselves. It's just going to take a little bit. It's nothing that should be a distraction.
"I feel like people are trying to figure out their roles, how to play together. I feel like we're trying to get everyone healthy and people haven't developed chemistry on the court with everyone."
Baugh pointed to herself as someone who needs to be on the practice floor more, but she can't get there unless Jenny Moshak, the team's chief of sports medicine, gives the OK.
"I haven't played with my team as much as I should," Baugh said. "I feel like when we get everyone healthy – and especially it's affecting our post game right now; our post game is not healthy – once our post game gets healthy we'll see the kind of basketball that Tennessee plays and we'll hopefully become a much better team."
For Baugh that means patience. She has endured two ACL surgeries and a meniscus repair on her left knee. Ancillary issues include hip soreness and a tight iliotibial band. And she wants all of them resolved now.
"I am sure everyone can read my frustrations," Baugh said with a smile. "I don't really try to hide them. The problems that I have been having aren't my knee but they all come from my knee. It's all trying to protect my knee right now because the knee is not where it used to be. It doesn't feel the same. That is what Jenny warned me about.
"She said, ‘You are going to have a lot of problems this year as far as trying to find what (you can do).' She was straight up upfront with me. She said it was going to be very difficult this year as far as health-wise but next year should be a different story or even later down the road, like in the tournament, I should feel completely different.
"It just takes time right now. I had three surgeries and I have to remind myself of that sometimes."
Baugh has a sympathetic ear in fellow redshirt junior Kelley Cain, who has endured two knee surgeries – one to realign her right kneecap, a longer recovery than an ACL procedure, and another to remove migrating screws from that operation – plus ancillary issues such as an aching hip and lower back pain.
Baugh also encourages Cain.
"I say, ‘Kelley, you're still a great player. You can do what you want to do,' " Baugh said. "We've just got to get healthy."
Cain, a 6'6 center, may be as healthy as she is going to get – Summitt saluted her warrior attitude in the Baylor game – so her game minutes for the foreseeable future will have to be monitored. Baugh, a 6'4 forward, is hoping to steadily improve. Brewer, a 6'3 forward, is working her way back into basketball shape.
Despite the crowd on Rehab Row, Baugh said the preseason goals remain unchanged.
"We all have a goal here and our goal is Final Four and to become national champions," Baugh said. "Right now I'm not worried too much about the situation as far as our health problems. … We have time to get better. It's kind of good to see all our problems early. We can fix them."
In the meantime, the team will have to find itself as the season unfolds and with player pieces still having to be moved around to fill holes. The players are seeking a team within the team and having to do so without always knowing who can take the court.
"It feels like that on the floor," Baugh said. "I think everyone is confused right now as far as what we need to be doing on the court. I don't think we understand what Tennessee basketball is yet as a team and I think that comes with playing together, people being involved in every practice.
"Right now we have a starting five but our bench can as well be a starting five. That can kind of be a problem because we've got talent all the way down the line and the potential is there for everyone.
"And Pat called it, there is no one star on this team. It is pretty broad across our whole team and I think that's where the confusion lies of who to put in at the time, who plays well together, who comes in for who. It's just very hard to try to figure it out."
Spani said the players have the chance to seize their roles right now.
"We all have to realize that we control our own destiny, and you control the role that you have," Spani said. "It's all about producing. That is what the coaches want to see and that's what our fans (want). That is really what it comes down to – it's all about going in and producing.
"If you can do that in practice consistently – and you have to work hard; our coaches don't tolerate laziness; they don't tolerate not working hard and I don't think we should either – it's all about going in and helping the team win. Whatever way your strengths bring to the table that's what you need to do."
Baugh noted that process would be expedited if all players could be on the court for extended periods of time and consecutive sessions.
"It definitely comes with practice," Baugh said. "But we also need for people to be able to practice on a consistent basis and I know I can speak for myself that I haven't been there. I practice a few days and then sit out for a few and that's not going to help develop chemistry within the team.
"I just think we'll be a different team later on. Right now they're just trying to get everyone healthy and find ourselves and when that happens I think you'll see a different team."
It is also not unusual for Tennessee teams to hit speed bumps in December. The loss at Baylor came against 6'8 Brittney Griner and a raucous environment at Waco in the Ferrell Center.
"We need to act like a veteran team," Baugh said. "We looked scared. It was a hostile environment. We've got to just be prepared for that. We have a large attendance wherever we travel. We've just got to step it up."
Baugh laughed when it was pointed out that she didn't look scared.
"I wasn't scared," she said with a smile.
The absence of Baugh from the floor has hurt Tennessee as she can bring leadership and swagger to the court. But she is trying to come back from major injuries, though she showed a glimpse of her former self when she grabbed a defensive rebound and darted down court as if shot out of a cannon.
"I definitely did," Baugh said. "I just wish I hadn't slowed up."
That hesitation – Baugh didn't want to be called for a charge – allowed Griner time to catch up.
"I had no idea she was anywhere close," Baugh said. "I didn't want to get a charge. I saw the guard there. She came out of nowhere and it was a great block. She probably was standing at the free throw line when she blocked me. She's a great player."
The injuries this season have made the stumbles more pronounced, especially for a team of veterans spliced with youngsters and trying to establish its identity.
"I think it's in the process," Spani said. "It's a long season. We've got a lot of games, but we also know these games are important in helping to build our identity and playing and matching up against the top teams in the country I think is really good for us early in the season.
"As we get into SEC play it will start to build more but I think by the end of March you'll see a team with the identity of a winning mentality. We're going to become a team who is going to refuse to lose and who is going to find a way to win. That's the team that will hopefully fulfill what our goals are and that's reaching Indianapolis."
Both Spani and Baugh said they understand Summitt's frustration with the team, even though there are reasons for the struggles.
"She coached young teams for the past two years, and she sees some of the same problems in this team," Baugh said. "We're not a young team anymore. We're a veteran team, and we need to act like it and I don't think she sees it.
"That's just across the board, myself included. We're having problems that she shouldn't have to coach. It's kind of like going back and I think she's getting a little frustrated with that. I understand it."
Both players also concluded their interviews with smiles and said the time for words with this team had long passed.
"Right now it's all about shutting up and going and proving it on the court," Spani said.
"We know all of the things we need to do," Baugh said. "We need to just do it."
Spani added that fan support meant a lot to the team. Summitt pointed out to the players this week during practice that they enjoyed the best fans in the country.
"Our fans, we need them," Spani said. "We need them here at Stanford because there is no place like home for us. There really isn't. We so appreciate all their support and you're going to see a team that is ready to play on Sunday."
Tennessee Coach Pat Summitt is expected to start: Meighan Simmons, 5'9 freshman guard, No. 10 (17.4 points per game, 3.1 rebounds per game, 2.4 assists per game); Angie Bjorklund, 6'0 senior guard, No. 5 (11.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.7 rpg); Taber Spani, 6'1 sophomore forward/guard, No. 13 (7.3 ppg, 4.1 rpg); Shekinna Stricklen, 6'2 junior forward, No. 40 (10.3 ppg, 6.9 rpg); and Glory Johnson, 6'3 junior forward, No. 25 (9.0 ppg, 9.3 rpg).
Stanford Coach Tara VanDerveer is expected to start: Toni Kokenis, 5'11 freshman guard, No. 21 (2.6 ppg, 2.0 rpg), hails from Oak Brook, Ill., played a season-high 32 minutes in the win over Texas, tallied four steals against Fresno State, also played soccer in high school, an aunt was a gymnast at UCLA, an uncle was a catcher at Cal Poly-Pomona; Jeanette Pohlen, 6'0 senior guard, No. 23 (15.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg); hails from Brea, Calif., joined the 1,000-point club a week ago against Fresno State, has 1,035 career points, season-high 23 points against DePaul, just three away from career high 26 scored last season against Oregon, member of All Pac-10 Team in 2009-10, an uncle played football at Notre Dame; Kayla Pedersen, 6'4 senior guard/forward, No. 14 (11.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg), hails from Fountain Hills, Ariz., scored season-high 19 points and grabbed season-high 12 boards against Texas, set career high with 17 boards against Connecticut last season in national title game, sat out DePaul game after bumping her head on the court while taking a charge in previous game, halted string of 121 consecutive starts, member of All Pac-10 Team in 2009-10, father played basketball at St. Mary's College; Chiney Ogwumike, 6'3 freshman forward, No. 13 (11.7 ppg, 7.4 rpg), hails from Cypress, Texas, shooting 63.6 percent from the field, scored career-high 18 points against Fresno State, also played volleyball in high school, won two state titles in basketball and reached state semifinals in volleyball, Gatorade National Athlete of the Year and Atlanta Tip-Off Club National Player of the Year; and Nnemkadi Ogwumike, 6'2 junior forward, No. 30 (16.7 ppg, 8.7 rpg), hails from Cypress, Texas, older sister of Chiney, has 1,206 career points, grabbed a single season program record 376 rebounds in 2009-10, scored season-high 22 points against Texas, career high came last season with 38 points against Oklahoma in the Final Four, also grabbed a career high 23 rebounds against Oregon last season, season-high this year was 14 boards against Gonzaga, State Farm All-American, Pac-10 Player of the Year in 2009-10, like her sister was the Gatorade National Player of the Year in high school, also played volleyball and track as a prep.
Pedersen missed Stanford's last game against DePaul because of headaches, so if she is not released for the Tennessee game she is likely to be replaced by Joslyn Tinkle, a 6'3 sophomore forward/center from Missoula, Montana, who is averaging 7.1 points and 3.1 rebounds per game and has started six games this season.
If Pedersen is cleared, VanDerveer also could opt to pull the freshman Kokenis from the starting lineup on the road and go with a more experienced group in Pohlen at the point with Pedersen, Tinkle and the Ogwumike sisters.
VanDerveer comes to Knoxville with 799 career wins and will join a select group of coaches when she tallies No. 800 that includes Summitt, former Texas Coach Jody Conradt, Rutgers Coach C. Vivian Stringer and North Carolina Coach Sylvia Hatchell.
"Tara has done a great job," Summitt said. "She's in the right place. Stanford is a fit for her. I don't ever see her leaving there. It's kind of like Coach Summitt being here. She recruits well, and I think she does a great job of bringing her team together.
"They are always competitive and we know we'll get their best shot because she's coming off a loss. When you're coming off a loss like we are it's two teams that are not real happy."
Tennessee lost to Baylor in its last outing. Stanford dropped its first decision of the season on Thursday with a defeat at DePaul. Neither team is used to losing two games in a row.
Since 2001-02, Stanford has lost consecutive games on only three occasions: Dec. 22 and 28, 2005, Nov. 24 and 26, 2006, and Jan. 4 and 6, 2007.
Since the 1996-97 season, Tennessee last lost consecutive games on just two occasions: the 2008-09 postseason with a defeat in the SEC tourney to Auburn and then a loss in the NCAA tourney to Ball State, and the 2005-06 season with losses to Duke and Kentucky in the regular season. The 96-97 team lost consecutive games three times during the season, including to Georgia (Dec. 8) and then to Stanford (Dec. 15).
Tennessee was responsible for the start of one of Stanford's two-game losing streaks with a Nov. 24, 2006, victory in Knoxville.
SCOUTING REPORT: Assistant Coach Mickie DeMoss handled the scouting report for the Tennessee-Stanford game. Here is her assessment.
When Stanford has the ball: The Cardinal starting lineup will depend on the health of Kayla Pedersen, but the offensive philosophy will remain the same.
"Transition," DeMoss said. "They like to get easy baskets. The Ogwumike sisters really like to run the middle of the floor hard so we've got to be aware of getting back and protecting the paint and covering three-point shooters.
"Then, they go into two early offenses where they run shooters off of staggers and they try to isolate the post inside."
Defensively, Stanford has played primarily man to man.
"They will play scouting report defense so Angie they'll probably be up and denying, Taber up and denying, Kamiko probably back off of," DeMoss said. "They'll play scouting report."
The Cardinal may try some ball pressure given the Lady Vols lack of a consistent point guard.
"We've seen a little bit of 1-3-1 half-court traps," DeMoss said. "But the tapes I've seen I would say about 70 percent of their defense is man to man."
When Tennessee has the ball: The Lady Vols want to do what they did not do in the last game – space, screen, cut, move the ball.
"We've really been working this week with quick ball movement, not letting the ball get stuck in our hands so long," DeMoss said. "Hopefully we'll be able to transfer what we've been doing in practice to the game (Sunday) night.
"We want to get some easy baskets. We want to get out and get some deflections and try to run off of our defense a little bit. I thought against Baylor we were too conservative, we were too worried about (Brittney) Griner, we weren't out in those passing lanes and getting any deflections. I think that is going to be key for us."
Defensively, the scouting report on Stanford has been to pressure the ball handlers, and that won't change Sunday.
"I think that's going to be important to try and turn them over, get some deflections, get some tips, use our quickness to get out and run a little bit," DeMoss said.
But DeMoss said the size of the Cardinal also means focusing on the paint.
"Post defense is going to be big," DeMoss said. "They are a very post-oriented team with the exception of (Jeanette) Pohlen. She takes 14 shots a game; five of them are threes."
The Lady Vols split into three groups Friday evening to prepare their own scouting reports and presented those to the coaches before practice Saturday.
"They did an excellent job," DeMoss said. "I think we're always trying to increase basketball IQ. The smarter our players are the better. We can make reads, we can hopefully make better decisions, and I think, two things, it's going to help their basketball IQs and it's going to help them take more ownership of applying the scouting report once they get out on the floor because they had to put a little work into it.
"The harder you work, the more invested you are."
Pat Summitt said she intends to have the team continue to compile its own scouting reports while school is out and she is inclined to keep it up during the season, provided it doesn't interfere with schoolwork in terms of time commitment.
"They did a nice job," Summitt said, who nodded in agreement with DeMoss' position that the players would take more ownership now. "I don't want to spoon feed them. We've been spoon feeding them for a long time and now we're predominantly looking at a junior class."
Summitt said she split them into smaller groups so that each player would have input instead of just a few taking on the bulk of the work.
"You put them in three groups and then you see who really pays attention to the detail and knows the personnel and knows what we want to do defensively, offensively " Summitt said. "All three groups were really good. Really, really good."
Both teams will take the court ready to put the last game in the rear view mirror.
"Playing hard has got to be a minimum," DeMoss said. "You've got to expect that every night that you're going to get effort. Then it comes to the other factors – executing, making smart reads, things like that.
"I think it is definitely going to be a battle. I can't imagine that either team is going to back down. They are a very good team. They're seasoned, they're smart, they're big and they play to their strengths.
"And we've got to play to our strengths. We've got to use our athletic ability and our quickness and try to exploit some of their weaknesses."
ON TAP: Five other SEC teams are in action Sunday in the following matchups: Oklahoma at Arkansas, the only undefeated team in the SEC at 10-0; High Point at Georgia; Louisiana Tech at LSU; South Carolina vs. North Carolina; and Vanderbilt at Duquesne.
ODDS AND ENDS
Tennessee leads the series with Stanford, 21-6. The Lady Vols have a 10-1 record in Knoxville with the Cardinal's one win at Thompson-Boling Arena coming on Dec. 15, 1996. There have been close calls for Tennessee, including the last Stanford game in Knoxville, a 79-69 win in overtime on Dec. 21, 2008. Stanford has won the last two at Maples Pavilion in Palo Alto, Calif., including a 73-69 win in 2007 that went to overtime. Five games between the two teams have gone to overtime with Tennessee holding a 3-2 record in those contests. … Tennessee is 10-2 in games played on December 19. The last win on this date was against UCLA, 82-70, in 2007. The first win on December 19 was against UNLV, 84-64, in 1979. The two losses on this date were to Long Beach State, 62-58, in 1989 and Stanford, 67-52, in 2009. … Tennessee's near futility from the field against Baylor – 18-72 for 25 percent – is the lowest in program history. The previous low was 27 percent (17-63) against North Carolina in the 2007 NCAA Final Four semifinals on April 1, 2007. According to the Lady Vols game notes, in 1,244 games coached by Pat Summitt, her teams have dipped under 30 percent shooting just six times and five of those have occurred in the last six years: the aforementioned Baylor and North Carolina games and also .278 vs. Rutgers (12-29-04); .280 vs. Duke (12-2-04); .286 at Minnesota (12-4-83); and .296 against Rutgers (2-11-08). … For the second consecutive game two head coaches who are in the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame will be on the sidelines. Earlier this week it was Pat Summitt and Baylor's Kim Mulkey. On Sunday it will be Summitt and Stanford's Tara VanDerveer. The two have combined for a record of 1,845-394, an .824 winning percentage. Since the inception of the NCAA Women's Final Four in 1982, the two schools have made a combined 27 trips with 10 NCAA titles – eight for Tennessee, including its last one in 2008 against Stanford, and two for the Cardinal, including one on Tennessee's home floor in 1990 when the Lady Vols missed the big event. Stanford has been to the past three Final Fours and finished as national runner-up last April to Connecticut. A rematch is scheduled for Dec. 30 at Stanford. The Cardinal also host Xavier on Dec. 28. Xavier took the Cardinal to the wire in the regional final last season. Stanford currently has a 50-game winning streak at home. … Stanford was picked by the media and coaches to finish first in the Pac-10 this season. UCLA, coached by former Lady Vol Nikki Caldwell, was selected second and received one first place vote in the coaches' poll. Coaches' ballots do not include their own team so the one vote didn't come from Caldwell. … Tennessee is playing before slightly bigger crowds on the road than at home. The Lady Vols have averaged 11,166 fans for four home games. Thanks to attendance records at Louisville, Old Dominion and Baylor, the average attendance on the road is 11,734 over four games. Three games were played at a neutral site before an average of 1,001 fans in the Virgin Islands.
BY THE NUMBERS
Tennessee is averaging 77.8 points a game while allowing opponents to score 56.9. Stanford averages 74.3 points a game while allowing 60.3.
The Lady Vols are shooting 44.2 percent overall, 35.0 percent behind the arc and 62.1 percent from the free throw line. The Cardinal is shooting 47.3 percent overall, 35.1 percent from long range and 73.5 percent from the line.
Tennessee makes an average of 7.2 three-pointers a game while allowing 5.0. Stanford makes 5.6 threes a game while allowing 6.4.
Tennessee averages 44.4 rebounds a game for a +9.8 margin. Stanford averages 41.7 boards for a +8.7 margin.
The Lady Vols average 14.4 assists and 16.8 turnovers a game. Opponents lose the ball an average of 21.2 times a game. The Cardinal averages 16.3 assists and 15.1 turnovers with foes losing the ball 15.1 times a game.
Tennessee averages 10.4 steals and 4.5 blocks a game. Stanford averages 6.4 steals and 4.4 blocks.
VIDEO COVERAGE: Glory Johnson video interview after practice Saturday.