Although the players were a little weary and the coaching staff still a little perturbed everyone seemed glad to get back onto the court.
"We needed to get in here today and get out some of our frustration and look at some of the things that we didn't do that we think we can do a better job at," Summitt said.
Tennessee, 3-1, takes on Temple at home Sunday. The game isn't televised and given UT's performance in its first two televised games – N.C. State and Texas – that might be a good thing.
"I don't know what team that was that played, but it definitely wasn't Final Four material," freshman guard Alexis Hornbuckle said. "It wasn't any tournament-type team at all. … It's going to be a whole new Tennessee. We definitely have to redeem ourselves."
A quick perusal of the stat sheet doesn't indicate how soundly Texas won the game Thursday evening. Tennessee had more rebounds than Texas (40-38), less turnovers (18-23), more steals (10-5), more points off turnovers (26-24), more second-chance points (24-8) and more bench points (34-20).
"She didn't finish her shots," assistant coach Holly Warlick said. "It's unusual ... she never snapped out of it."
Meanwhile, Tiffany Jackson, a sophomore forward for Texas, took it to Tennessee. She had 19 points and made 8-10 shots from the field. She also had nine rebounds and eight blocks.
"Our defense, Texas had their way with us," Summitt said. "Offensively we lacked aggressiveness. All you have to do is look at how many times we got to the free throw line, and who got there. We never established a post presence defensively. We did in spurts offensively. Tiffany Jackson had her way with us. … Tye (Fluker) didn't compete in the post. She settled for playing behind Jackson. That's my fault. I've got to demand that we get in front, find somebody who will get there."
Both Summitt and Warlick said they were most disappointed about the Lady Vols lack of competitiveness as a team.
And nobody is blaming the breakdown of the team's bus for the poor start to the game, although they certainly had a right to be annoyed. "We had problems the night before" at the airport Wednesday, Summitt said. "You assume they're going to get it fixed." Then, the bus had trouble getting the team to practice Thursday before the game.
"I told the driver, ‘This needs to be taken care of before tonight.' Well, it wasn't," said Summitt.
The bus broke down about a mile from the Frank Erwin Center, just off the interstate. The team arrived in a fleet of cabs about 40 minutes before the game started. (The bus was finally ditched for the post-game ride to the airport. The team traveled by cab and by shuttle.)
"The bus thing didn't have anything to do with it," Warlick said. "That's part of things that come up. We got there in time for them to warm up. It didn't affect us."
"Pretty much the night was not good all together, but you cannot blame the bus ride over," Hornbuckle said. "You got off the bus. It's time to play the game."
Summitt and Warlick saw a familiar pattern unfold in Texas. A team that practices well – when under the instruction of the coaches – doesn't play as well in a game, when the team has to take command.
"Sometimes I feel like we play harder at practice than we do in a game," Warlick said. "They've got to learn to transfer practices to game situations. In games coaches have no control. Practices we do. They've got to step up and take control of this team.
"I don't think we played up to our ability, and Texas had a lot to do with that with their aggressiveness. We didn't do things that we normally do in practice. A sign of a good team carries over what you do in practice to a game, and we didn't do that."
One good sign in practice Friday was the play and attitude of Zolman. She took a shot above her left eye during a scrimmage and had to leave with a nasty cut. She got a butterfly bandage and returned to the court.
"Shanna didn't play well without the ball," Summitt said. "I've got to give her the benefit of the doubt. This is the first game she hasn't been really active away from the ball and set her defense up to run them into screens. I don't know if she went in and put too much emphasis on it. She was great today coming back in practice."
And there were bright spots in the game, even in the shooting woes, where Tennessee shot 32.9 percent for the game (23-70). The players had open shots. They just missed so many of them.
"We ran our motion the bulk of the time," Summitt said. "The veterans have run it. The freshmen seem pretty comfortable with it. I thought we got a lot of good looks, we got a lot of curls, a lot of back doors."
Warlick concurred: "It wasn't that we weren't getting good shots. We were getting good shots; we just didn't finish. Hopefully we can correct that."
Both Warlick and Summitt were pleased with the play of the bench, particularly Brittany Jackson, the freshmen post players and Hornbuckle's fighting spirit.
"Our bench scored a lot of points and came in and played hard," Warlick said. "Nicky Anosike goes out and plays the game. I thought Sid (Spencer) and Loree (Moore) did a very good job of trying to help the starters play like starters. I think Sybil Dosty came in and gave us some good minutes. As bad as Alexis shot I think she competed."
"Brittany Jackson's play continues to give us a great lift," Summitt said. "Our freshman posts competed. Alexis competed hard. She was just struggling offensively."
Hornbuckle knows what went wrong with her shot, and she knows what to do next time.
"My shot wasn't falling at the beginning, and then I tried to force on offense as time went on," she said. "My shot still wasn't falling so what I should have done was get my teammates more involved – create, penetrate and dish out – but instead I was taking shots that shouldn't have been taken. I didn't let that affect my hustle play though."
The more-puzzling aspect of Hornbuckle's performance so far this season is her struggles at the free throw line, where she is 5-11 over Tennessee's first four games. She does, however, know how to fix that, too.
"Sometimes when I spin the ball I don't actually have the ball in my hand, and I'm spinning and going in one shooting motion," she said. "I've just got to get it all down and just keep doing the same thing consistently. In practice I'm working on the little things to fine-tune my free throw shooting."
Tennessee will practice Saturday for two hours. Tip-off for the Temple game is set for 3 p.m. Sunday at Thompson-Boling Arena.