LADY VOLS MEDIA DAY

Wednesday was Media Day for the 2005-06 edition of the Lady Vols basketball team. That meant some serious questions about basketball and the team's health. In addition it was time for some offbeat questions. That explains why Sa'de Wiley-Gatewood is still wondering where yonder is, Pat Summitt is talking about milk cows and Peppermint Patty makes a good pet name.

The players assembled on the court Wednesday to field questions from the area media before practice. For this writer, they gamely answered the quirky queries and managed to discuss a little hoops, too. Here are their responses:

NICKY ANOSIKE No. 55, 6'4 sophomore center, Staten Island, N.Y.

Reaction upon receiving first recruiting letter from Tennessee: "I just ran to my mother." A product you can't make it through the day without: "Lip gloss." Pet peeve: "People who tickle me." Finish the sentence. People would be surprised to know I: "Am a nerd." Favorite non-sports movie: "I like Save the Last Dance." Country you haven't been to that you'd like to visit: "China." Favorite musical artist(s): "Mary J. Blige." As a child, what did you watch on TV that wasn't sports: "Martin." What scares you: "People jumping out at me unexpectedly." If Pat Summitt were your household pet, what would her name be: "Sparky." Strange Southern sayings: "I should know this, because I always make fun of stuff. What does Alex say? Kin, like, I'm kin to her." Favorite NBA and WNBA teams: "I don't watch the NBA. WNBA, I like the Liberty and the Connecticut Sun." You can go one-on-one on the court with anyone. Who would it be: "Dennis Rodman."

As far as basketball, Anosike was a force on the defensive end last season with an offensive game under development. What is the most-improved part of her game? "Free throws."

SYBIL DOSTY No. 33, 6'3 sophomore center, Tucson, Arizona

Reaction upon receiving first recruiting letter from Tennessee: "I was excited. I was like, ‘Cool.' " A product you can't make it through the day without: "My Sidekick, my cell phone and my Ipod." Pet peeve: "When people tap me to get my attention." Finish the sentence. People would be surprised to know I: "Used to play the drums." Favorite non-sports movie: "The Color Purple." Country you haven't been to that you'd like to visit: "Africa." Favorite musical artist(s): "Tupac." As a child, what did you watch on TV that wasn't sports: "Cartoons." What scares you: "Scary movies." If Pat Summitt were your household pet, what would her name be: "Peppermint Patty." Strange Southern sayings: "When people say I'm fixin' to." Favorite NBA and WNBA teams: "Phoenix Suns. The Liberty." You can go one-on-one on the court with anyone. Who would it be: "Kobe."

As far as basketball, Dosty displayed a knack for scoring last season but sometimes struggled with the pace of the game, especially after enduring an early season concussion and a nagging foot injury. What's the most improved part of her game? "Defense."

TYE'SHA FLUKER No. 50, 6'5 senior center, Pasadena, Calif.

Reaction upon receiving first recruiting letter from Tennessee: "I was excited." A product you can't make it through the day without: "My Blackberry." Pet peeve: "When I tell somebody something, and they repeat it like they didn't hear me, but I know they heard me. I hate it when people do that." Finish the sentence. People would be surprised to know I: "Am in a sorority, Delta Sigma Theta." Favorite non-sports movie: "Chicago, the new one." Country you haven't been to that you'd like to visit: "I want to go to the Bahamas." Favorite musical artist(s): "Trina." As a child, what did you watch on TV that wasn't sports: "Cartoons." What scares you: "Scary movies." If Pat Summitt were your household pet, what would her name be: "Pookie." Strange Southern sayings: "About fell. We were in practice one day and (former Lady Vol) Courtney McDaniel almost tripped. Most people it would be like, ‘I was about to fall.' She said, ‘I about fell and busted my tail.' " Favorite NBA and WNBA teams: "Phoenix. The Monarchs." You can go one-on-one on the court with anyone. Who would it be: "I would say Shaq."

As far as basketball, Fluker will be counted on for her presence in the post at both ends of the court. She sustained a minor setback in practice Tuesday when she fractured the index finger of her right (shooting) hand after catching a ball off of her finger. The fracture is non-displaced so she can continue practicing, but she will have to wear a splint for six to eight weeks. So how is her finger? "It's broken. I'll get used to it (she said of the splint). I don't have a choice really. I'll be alright." What's the most-improved part of her game? "I would say conditioning."

ALEX FULLER No. 44, 6'3 redshirt freshman forward, Shelbyville, Tenn.

Reaction upon receiving first recruiting letter from Tennessee: "Truthfully I don't remember. I'm sure I was excited, though." A product you can't make it through the day without: "Mascara." Pet peeve: "Not being clean." Finish the sentence. People would be surprised to know I: "Played soccer for a year." Favorite non-sports movie: "Radio; no that's sports. Gothika." Country you haven't been to that you'd like to visit: "France." Favorite musical artist(s): "Mariah Carey." As a child, what did you watch on TV that wasn't sports: "Nickelodeon." What scares you: "Probably being by myself for a long period of time." If Pat Summitt were your household pet, what would her name be: "I don't know. Not Fluffy. Can I skip that one?" Strange Southern sayings: "I've heard them all." Favorite NBA and WNBA teams: "NBA would be Cleveland. WNBA, Houston." You can go one-on-one on the court with anyone. Who would it be: "Shaq."

As far as basketball, Fuller will be making her debut as a Lady Vol after sitting out last season following knee surgery. What can fans expect from her game? "I think I bring a post presence inside, and I can step out now. Intense type of game because I like to be intense the whole game and play my hardest and give my all."

ALEXIS HORNBUCKLE No. 14, 5'11 sophomore guard, Duncan, W.Va.

Reaction upon receiving first recruiting letter from Tennessee: "I was excited. I laminated it and stuck it on my wall." A product you can't make it through the day without: "My cell phone and my Sidekick." Pet peeve: "When someone starts a sentence, and then they don't finish it. They're like, ‘I'll tell you later. I got a question to ask you. Oh, I'll ask you later.' " Finish the sentence. People would be surprised to know I: "Sing." Favorite non-sports movie: "Brown Sugar." Country you haven't been to that you'd like to visit: "I'd go to France." Favorite musical artist(s): "My mama. (Her mother, Quandora, is an accomplished singer and has performed the National Anthem at Lady Vol games.) Alicia Keys. Donnie McClurkin. That boy can sing. We're going to cut it off. That list goes on." As a child, what did you watch on TV that wasn't sports: "A lot of cartoons." What scares you: "Everything, spiders, bugs, insects, scary movies." If Pat Summitt were your household pet, what would her name be: "That's a good one. I don't know. Definitely not Fluffy. I would say Caesar." Strange Southern sayings: "Well I'm country. I understand." Favorite NBA and WNBA teams: "Houston Rockets. New York Liberty." You can go one-on-one on the court with anyone. Who would it be: "I'd play against Cynthia Cooper.

As far as basketball, Hornbuckle has been practicing for nearly two weeks with a cast on her left hand because of an injury to a thumb ligament. It at times has affected her ball handling but at other times, it's easy to forget she's even wearing it. So how's the healing coming along? "It's going well. I get the cast off on Sunday after pregame. I'm going to wear a brace-type thing around the thumb area, tape it, wrap it, good to go." What part of her game has improved the most? "My shooting."

LINDSEY MOSS No. 21, 6'1 freshman guard, Alpharetta, Ga.

Reaction upon receiving first recruiting letter from Tennessee: "I was at school that day. My mom got it. She called while I was in class and left a message. My mom was even more excited than I was. When I got home, I was excited." A product you can't make it through the day without: "My adidas band that says ‘Impossible is Nothing.' " Pet peeve: "When people don't close doors or shut stuff." Finish the sentence. People would be surprised to know I: "Can't think of anything. I don't know." Favorite non-sports movie: "Dumb and Dumber." Country you haven't been to that you'd like to visit: "Australia." Favorite musical artist(s): "Rascal Flatts. Kenny Chesney. Rap stuff. TI, Nelly, stuff like that." As a child, what did you watch on TV that wasn't sports: "Cartoons." What scares you: "Scary movies." If Pat Summitt were your household pet, what would her name be: "Sparky, because she's always going." Strange Southern sayings: "Git R Done." Favorite NBA and WNBA teams: "NBA team, the Heat. WNBA team, the Mystics." You can go one-on-one on the court with anyone. Who would it be: "I'd like to go against Dwayne Wade."

As far as basketball, Moss will also be making her debut as a Lady Vol. What can fans expect from her game? "Coming out here and giving everything I've got. Hitting the three and hitting the mid-range shots, creating stuff with the dribble, my passing. And my defense is getting better."

CANDACE PARKER No. 3, 6'3 redshirt freshman forward, Naperville, Ill.

Reaction upon receiving first recruiting letter from Tennessee: "Surprised because it was volleyball." A product you can't make it through the day without: "My baby hairbrush." Pet peeve: "Smacking. I hate people who smack when they eat." Finish the sentence. People would be surprised to know I: "Watch Laguna Beach." Favorite non-sports movie: "The Client." Country you haven't been to that you'd like to visit: "Somewhere in Africa. Egypt maybe." Favorite musical artist(s): I like Bow Wow, I like Usher. I like Beyonce and Jay-Z." As a child, what did you watch on TV that wasn't sports: "The Brady Bunch." What scares you: "Scary movies." If Pat Summitt were your household pet, what would her name be: "I don't know! Intensity." Strange Southern sayings: "Everything is crazy here. I hear things I don't even understand. Yonder. Y'all." Favorite NBA and WNBA teams: "Probably the Sixers. WNBA team, Sacramento." You can go one-on-one on the court with anyone. Who would it be: "Amare Stoudamire."

As far as basketball, Parker said her knee was fine and her breaks from the practice court were precautionary in nature. She characterized the rehab as maintenance. Parker, who is a writer, has a sign-off of Peace, Love, Jumpshot. How did that originate? "I was in eighth grade, and me and my friend just wanted something to sign off on on AOL and different things like that, just to be our little slogan. That's how Peace, Love, Jumpshot came about."

DOMINIQUE REDDING No. 13, 6'1 junior forward, Clearwater, Fla.

Reaction upon receiving first recruiting letter from Tennessee: "Hahhhhhhh! Excited." A product you can't make it through the day without: "TV" Pet peeve: "When people touch my stuff without asking." Finish the sentence. People would be surprised to know I: "Watch the Golden Girls." Favorite non-sports movie: "What's Love Got To Do With It?" Country you haven't been to that you'd like to visit: "Africa." Favorite musical artist(s): "Anything R&B." As a child, what did you watch on TV that wasn't sports: "Golden Girls." What scares you: "Any horror movie." If Pat Summitt were your household pet, what would her name be: "Oh my God!" Redding decided Summitt would be a teddy bear named "Fuzzy." Strange Southern sayings: "Alex talks that way all the time. Ain't cha." Favorite NBA and WNBA teams: "I'd have to go with Phoenix." You can go one-on-one on the court with anyone. Who would it be: "Pat Summitt. I'm just joking. Nikki Caldwell."

As far as basketball, Redding has heard for two years now that Summitt wants her to become a better defender. So how is her defense coming along? "It's coming. It's going great."

SIDNEY SPENCER No. 1, 6'3 junior center, Hoover, Ala.

Reaction upon receiving first recruiting letter from Tennessee: "It was kind of like Dom. Hahhhhhhh! Yaaaaaaaay! A product you can't make it through the day without: My Bible." Pet peeve: "When you call somebody, and they don't return your phone calls." Finish the sentence. People would be surprised to know I: "Watch CNN." Favorite non-sports movie: "I love Remember the Titans, but that's a football movie." Country you haven't been to that you'd like to visit: "Israel." Favorite musical artist(s): "Third Day." As a child, what did you watch on TV that wasn't sports: "Cartoons." What scares you: "The dark. I'm scared of the dark." If Pat Summitt were your household pet, what would her name be: "Pat." Strange Southern sayings: "I'll be." Favorite NBA and WNBA teams: "I like the Miami Heat, because I like Shaq. And I like Indiana because I like Tamika." You can go one-on-one on the court with anyone. Who would it be: "Shaquille O'Neal."

As far as basketball, Spencer was a rare player last year in that Summitt had to implore her to shoot more. Summitt has made it clear that this season either Spencer shoots or she's sits on the bench. So is she shooting enough so far to keep Summitt happy? "I would say almost, 80 percent on that."

SA'DE WILEY-GATEWOOD: No. 15, 5'9 sophomore guard, Pomona, Calif.

Reaction upon receiving first recruiting letter from Tennessee: "I was so excited. I ran to my dad and said, ‘Dad, I got a letter from Tennessee.' " A product you can't make it through the day without: "My phone. I've got to have my phone." Pet peeve: "People that don't wash dishes." Finish the sentence. People would be surprised to know I: "My hands sweat." Favorite non-sports movie: Couldn't think of one. Country you haven't been to that you'd like to visit: "France." Favorite musical artist(s): "Michael Jackson, Beyonce." As a child, what did you watch on TV that wasn't sports: "The Parkers." What scares you: "Pat." If Pat Summitt were your household pet, what would her name be: "Blue Eye." Strange Southern sayings: "Over yonder. I didn't know what in the heck that was." Favorite NBA and WNBA teams: "Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Sparks. I'm LA. You can go one-on-one on the court with anyone: "Michael Jordan."

As far as basketball, Wiley-Gatewood said her knee is fine, and she will take occasional, though increasingly rare, rest breaks from practice. "I'm excited about it." How hard was it for her to play some and then have to watch last year? "It was so hard, frustrating. I'm definitely not going to go through it this year. It was frustrating last year."

SHANNA ZOLMAN No. 5, 5'10 senior guard, Syracuse, Indiana

Reaction upon receiving first recruiting letter from Tennessee: "I ran out and jumped on my dad, who was riding a lawn mower and mowing the yard. A product you can't make it through the day without: "Water." Pet peeve: "How many do I have? I cannot stand when you have excess time left on the microwave. I need it to be cleared. I can't stand crumbs on the counter top or on the floor. And I can't stand when you're cooking or boiling something when the food splatters all over the stove and just leaves those food marks. I can't handle that. I need it to be clean." Finish the sentence. People would be surprised to know I: "How much I bench." (Modesty prevented her from revealing how much that is.) Favorite non-sports movie: "Dumb and Dumber." Country you haven't been to that you'd like to visit: "Australia." Favorite musical artist(s): "Natalie Nordeman." As a child, what did you watch on TV that wasn't sports: "Superman. Cartoons in general." What scares you: "That I would disappoint or I would cause hurt to my parents." If Pat Summitt were your household pet, what would her name be: "Fluffy." Strange Southern sayings: "Right quick. Fixin' to." Favorite NBA and WNBA teams: "NBA team, I don't really have one right now. It was the Bulls (when) Michael Jordan was on there. WNBA, (any team with) past Lady Vols players." You can go one-on-one on the court with anyone. Who would it be: "Michael Jordan."

As far as basketball, Zolman spent her first two off-seasons at Tennessee taking boxing lessons for conditioning, what did she do this off-season – her last as a Lady Vol – to stay in shape? "We did basically all pool workouts. Non-impact conditioning, as far as on the elliptical or on the bike, in the pool."

As the players headed to the locker room to get ready for practice, the assistant coaches gamely agreed to answer the questions, too.

NIKKI CALDWELL assistant coach, fourth season, former Lady Vol player (1990-94), Oak Ridge, Tenn.

Reaction upon receiving first recruiting letter from Tennessee: "I opened it, read it, filled out the questionnaire and sent it back." Caldwell said she doesn't remember if she was excited "because I was so familiar with the program." A product you can't make it through the day without: "My mascara." Pet peeve: "Clutter." Finish the sentence. People would be surprised to know I: "Ride a Suzuki 600 (motorcycle)." Favorite non-sports movie: "Coming to America." Country you haven't been to that you'd like to visit: "I would say Australia." Favorite musical artist(s): "I'd have to say Whitney Houston before, the old Whitney Houston." As a child, what did you watch on TV that wasn't sports: "I watched everything. I'd say Andy Griffith." What scares you: "Holly in the morning." If Pat Summitt were your household pet, what would her name be: "I'm all into royalty so I'd call her Queen Bee." Strange Southern sayings: Same as Warlick's answer. Favorite NBA and WNBA teams: I like Detroit (Pistons) and I like Sacramento (Monarchs). You can go one-on-one on the court with anyone. Who would it be: "Shemar Moore." (Actor in "Diary of a Mad Black Woman.")

DEAN LOCKWOOD assistant coach, second season, Bay City, Michigan

A product you can't make it through the day without: "Diet Coke." Pet peeve: "There are a couple. Not returning borrowed items." Finish the sentence. People would be surprised to know I: "Back in 1983 I was inches away from enrolling to be a Marine office." Favorite non-sports movie: "Scent of a Woman." Country you haven't been to that you'd like to visit: "Austria." Favorite musical artist(s): "It's a tie between the Temptations and the Eagles." As a child, what did you watch on TV that wasn't sports: "The Andy Griffith Show." What scares you: "Being lost at sea." If Pat Summitt were your household pet, what would her name be: "Playmaker." Strange Southern sayings: "Fixin' to." Favorite NBA and WNBA teams: "Detroit Pistons is one, but a close second is San Antonio. WNBA, I like how they play, Sacramento." You can go one-on-one on the court with anyone. Who would it be: "Halle Berry."

HOLLY WARLICK associate head coach, 21st season, former Lady Vol player (1976-80), Knoxville, Tenn.

Reaction upon receiving first recruiting letter from Tennessee: "I didn't. I walked on." A product you can't make it through the day without: "Diet Pepsi." Pet peeve "Clutter." Finish the sentence. People would be surprised to know I: "Am in great shape." Favorite non-sports movie: "Shawshank Redemption." Country you haven't been to that you'd like to visit: "Mine would be Australia." Favorite musical artist(s): "Mine is Jackson Browne." As a child, what did you watch on TV that wasn't sports: "I watched Flipper. Wasn't that the dolphin one?" (As she sings the theme music.) What scares you: "Caldwell." If Pat Summitt were your household pet, what would her name be: "I'd name her Cuddles. No, Princess." Strange Southern sayings: "We pretty much say it all." Favorite NBA and WNBA teams: "I like the Indiana Fever. Pistons." You can go one-on-one on the court with anyone. Who would it be: "Chamique Holdsclaw."

There was also some basketball discussed at Media Day as Pat Summitt had an opening statement and then took questions. Her opening remarks were:

"It's good to have you here. Obviously it's that time of year when I don't know of a basketball team or coaching staff that's not really excited and anxious to get going. That's the case with our team. I think the new four-hour rule was one of the best things to happen in women's basketball in terms of allowing ample time for students to get in a lot of repetitions … and not make it feel so much like practice but like preparation. While we appear to be a veteran team, we have a lot of youth and sometimes that shows up in practice. Hopefully when we start our games that will give us the experience that we need to mature as a team. With the schedule we have by the end of the year, we'll be pretty seasoned. It doesn't matter what the classification might be of players. I think they will have been through all types of tests and none better than how we start out. That was by design. I may tell you it poor design when it's all over but hopefully not."

Summitt is enthusiastic about her team's attitude – she has said she's not having to coach effort – and its commitment to off-season conditioning and its focus now that practice is under way.

"I'm really excited about the makeup of this team," Summitt said. "I don't think we're as fast getting up and down the floor on the wings as we need to be, but I think we can dial that up. I just think it's paying attention and really challenging players to get out and fill the lanes. Our post game appears to be solid and deep and better than it was a year ago. That remains to be seen when we start playing. We've got to make shots in the paint. We know that. That was last year something that at times was a weakness and hurt our team, but I think it can be a strength and help our basketball team if our post people represent us the way I think that they're capable of. From a talent standpoint, it's there. We have to be willing to share the basketball and play together on both ends. We're a lot more unselfish on offense than we are defense right now and yet I think defense is all about understanding what you have to do and how you have to commit to playing together, just like you do offensively. But we can arrive at that in the next few weeks hopefully."

Fans like to see up-tempo basketball, and Summitt's teams usually like to push the ball up the court. She has 11 scholarship players on the roster and intends to use all of them.

"I told this basketball team that if we are not getting out and running, we don't need but seven, eight players to be a more efficient team," she said. "If we are pressing and running the way that we want to, I think we can go 11 deep, and I would be comfortable to do so. Ideally that's the style of play that we want to play. We've always tried to get after people defensively and push tempo. I think a big part of how we play depends on how they respond as a team."

Summitt wants to play fast and use every foot of the court to wear down an opponent.

"Certainly I think it would be to our advantage to play 94 feet, both offensively and defensively," she said. "We look at the transition game as a big part of our offense. I think we have the guards to push tempo. I think Sa'de and Alexis are great in the open court. My only concern at this point is that we get out and fill lanes. I like the look of our post going rim to rim. We want to be able to run and want to be able to press. There is no reason why this team can't do both and be efficient in doing so. I think you will see a Tennessee team that is going to be committed to both. I think the important thing is that it should be an opponent that tries to stop us. We just don't want to stop ourselves."

Wiley-Gatewood has been called a pure point guard by Summitt, and she appears to be the heir apparent to the departed Loree Moore. But Hornbuckle and Zolman also ran the point last year, and Summitt likes having several players to plug into the position.

"I think from the point position I wouldn't ask anyone to go 40 minutes," she said. "I think the beauty of it is that within our offense we let different players handle (the ball) and certainly wouldn't hesitate if Alexis gets the rebound and brings it up, or Sa'de or Shanna. Dom thinks she's a good point guard; we haven't decided if that's true yet or not. I just think that in our program players learn to play multiple positions and handle. We want our post to dribble bust, and we allow them to do so as long as it does not affect our efficiency and certainly the execution at the end."

Redding heard Summitt's remarks and rolled out of her chair. She's not the only one to be floored this season. The preseason chatter is already buzzing. On Wednesday, the USA Today/ESPN coaches' poll had Tennessee ranked No. 1. Fans expect SEC and national titles every year. Some are even pondering an undefeated slate in 2005-06, but this year's schedule – 11 opponents (13 games) are ranked in the coaches' Top 25 poll; three got first-place votes; and six others received votes in the poll – makes that a difficult proposition, and Summitt has always maintained a perfect record was never her intent.

"I think there are always high expectations in this program without question," Summitt said. "Every year our goal is to win the league and obviously the SEC is, we feel, the toughest conference in the country. The team always will tell you that's our goal (and) obviously, to go to the Final Four and win a championship. I think you really have to have that kind of vision to know where it is that you want to go and then determine how you're going to get there. Expectations, they're always here. They're going to be on this team, they're going to be on next year's team and teams to come. Once you have established a place in the women's game like the Tennessee program has, it's not going to change unless you just fall apart."

As Summitt spoke at a courtside table near the floor that bears her name, the players assembled behind her to await their interviews as part of Media Day. There were an assortment of ice bags, heating pads, a cast and a splint among the group. Two players, Parker and Wiley-Gatewood, didn't practice Wednesday as they gave their knees some rest time, a game plan that will be standard this season.

So far, everyone is still in uniform and on track to play. Last year, four players were lost to knee surgeries, and two, Parker and Fuller, took redshirt years.

"My philosophy has always been that you just prepare to have everyone, and you deal with it if you have injuries," Summitt said. "We try not to make that something that's bigger than life. It is part of competition and part of coaching a team. There will be days when they may not be able to practice, (and) certainly we want to be cautious in that regard. We've lost key players right at crucial times in the season. Last year with what we went through that was incredibly frustrating at times, but we just really focus on what we do have. I think the team understands that's our philosophy. Someone has to step up, and I think in this program, we have people that are capable of stepping up, and they've certainly demonstrated that in the past."

As Summitt spoke, "The Summitt" in her signature script was visible at center court behind her. Is she used to seeing her own name on the floor?

"You know me. When I get to practice, I don't see anything but what they're doing right or wrong," Summitt said of her players. "It obviously means an awful lot to our program, and it just reminds me of all the players who have gone through this program. The history of women's basketball at this university and the great tradition is just a reflection of all the people involved. It's a tremendous honor for all the Lady Vols that have worn that uniform, all the administrators and people that have believed in women's basketball at this university and allowed us to be where we are today. I'm sure there's times when I'm not looking that they're probably over there trying to step on it or do something, especially after a bad practice."

After Media Day ended the players changed out of their uniforms – there's now a Lady Vol logo on the jersey backs where the names used to be – and into their practice attire. Summitt used part of the session to hold seven-minute scrimmages with referees calling the action.

The first five were Hornbuckle, Zolman, Redding, Anosike and Fluker.

"The unit that started all looked good," Summitt said. "I liked that group a lot. I thought when we put our second group I didn't feel that our post game stood up the way it needed to, and obviously perimeter-wise, made a lot of mistakes. It's good for them to be in a situation and realize the difference. When you go to your bench, hopefully you can maintain a lead, not necessarily extend it but certainly not lose it. So I think this was very telling for all of us. Alex didn't play last year. She's looked great. Sybil is playing the best of her career here, but she's got to learn to go in and transfer her practice habits and skills into games."

Summitt was missing two key pieces of her rotation in Parker and Wiley-Gatewood.

"With Candace having some swelling, I don't want to push her in practice. I want to give her a chance to get that swelling out," Summitt said. "She said she feels really good She should be good to go Friday."

The team is off Thursday and returns to the practice court Friday afternoon. Wiley-Gatewood used Wednesday's session for some light rehab and rest but also could be back Friday.

"It's going to be one of those situations with her this year that there will be times she has to rest," Summitt said.

With practice over, Summitt agreed to tackle the same questions her players and assistants faced. Here are her answers:

A product you can't make it through the day without: "I've got to have my vitamins." Pet peeve: "I've got a lot of them as a coach. Something that I just can't tolerate? Lazy players." Finish the sentence. People would be surprised to know I: "Have a lot fun." Favorite non-sports movie: She likes Gone With the Wind and Fried Green Tomatoes, but her favorite is The Sound of Music. Country you haven't been to that you'd like to visit: "Austria. I've never been there." Favorite musical artist(s): "Kenny G" As a child, what did you watch on TV that wasn't sports: "Bonanza. That was my favorite." What scares you: "Injuries to our players." If you were a household pet, what would your name be: When told her players and staff had a lot of fun with this one, Summitt said, "I bet they did." Her name for herself: "My nickname was Bone, but if it's a female I probably wouldn't call me Bone. I'd probably just name it Trish." Strange Southern sayings: "I think I've heard all the Southern stuff. Probably the only thing they've never heard is how to call a milk cow. Woo cow. My daddy was good at it. He could call any cow." Favorite NBA and WNBA teams: "Mystics (she's a consultant for Washington) and any team a Lady Vol is on. I like Detroit. I'm a Larry Brown fan (so now the Knicks). Nets. Sacramento. Lakers. I like Tim Duncan. Spurs." You can go one-on-one on the court with anyone. Who would it be: "Andy Landers. I'd like to beat Andy."


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