Lady Vols host West Coast team in Sunday matchup

Tennessee completes its exhibition season Sunday with a contest against the West Coast All-Stars, a team coached by the father of a current Lady Vol. <p> Jerry Gatewood will be on the visitor's bench at Thompson-Boling Arena but will have at least one supporter on the home bench – his daughter, Lady Vol freshman guard Sa'de Wiley-Gatewood of Pomona, Calif.

However even her support only goes so far. She was excited Friday about seeing her father for the first time since school started, but as far as pulling for a team, "Oh you know, the Lady Vols," Wiley-Gatewood said.

She has been out since late October with recurring pain in the patellar tendon in her left knee and could be facing a redshirt season if the knee doesn't respond sufficiently to rehab. During Friday's session with the media, Wiley-Gatewood said she was disappointed to not be able to play Sunday, especially with her father in town.

Coach Gatewood assembled a team of former collegians to play exhibition games across the country. The team has played at UNLV (a 93-70 loss), at New Mexico (85-55 loss), at Texas Tech (101-52 loss) and at Kentucky (83-50 loss). They also were scheduled to play UCLA prior to their arrival in Knoxville.

Despite the record and cross-country travel, the West Coast team should provide a bit of a stiffer challenge to the Lady Vols than last Sunday's opponent, Carson-Newman, which fell 105-47.

Assistant coach Holly Warlick installed some wrinkles in the zone defense during Friday's practice. The team also has tweaked its offense to take advantage of personnel.

"In the (first) exhibition game, we went against man-to-man the whole time, and we haven't seen as much zone," coach Pat Summitt said. "I think the West Coast All-Stars will give us a chance to look at some zone."

Tennessee played a team of West Coast All-Stars last November and won 86-57 but was only leading 36-30 at the half. Current senior Shyra Ely paced the attack with 15 points. Former Lady Vol Tasha Butts, now on the bench as a graduate assistant, also had 15 points.

The starting lineup Sunday is slated to be the same as the first exhibition game: Sidney Spencer and Tye'sha Fluker at the post positions, and Shyra Ely, Shanna Zolman and Loree Moore on the perimeter.

Probable starters for the West Coast All-Stars are: Angela Garrett, 5'10, forward, Cal State San Bernardino; Crystal Johnson, 6'1, forward, New Orleans; Laura Valley, 6'4, center, Montana; Candace Baldwin, 5'9, guard, TCU; and Mauri Horton, 5'10, guard, Rutgers.

Tennessee opens the regular season away from home next Friday night against 31st-ranked UT-Chattanooga.

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