Summitt to use three-guard lineup against UTC

Pat Summitt will use a three-guard lineup tonight against Chattanooga and move forward Candace Parker to the power forward position.

The move reflects the struggles of the starting posts to score against Stetson and rewards the play of sophomore point guard Sa'de Wiley-Gatewood, who scored eight points and had three assists in the opener against Stetson. More importantly, coach Pat Summitt was pleased with how she managed the game.

Tennessee, 1-0, is coming off an 83-33 win over Stetson on Sunday. Tipoff tonight is 7 p.m. at Thompson-Boling Arena.

Joining Wiley-Gatewood in the starting lineup will be sophomore guard Alexis Hornbuckle and senior guard Shanna Zolman. Parker and senior center Tye'sha Fluker will start in the paint.

"I really like what Sa'de brought to our transition game," Summitt said during a Monday morning teleconference.

One of Wiley-Gatewood's many strengths is her determination to push tempo and get the ball down the court quickly. She also has excellent floor vision.

The move means sophomore Nicky Anosike will come off the bench. Anosike is the team's best defender, but Summitt has said post scoring, and presence, is a top priority this season. She also wants a quick start to the game since Tennessee trailed early too often last season.

Fluker and Anosike were 1-9 from the floor and often rushed the shots they got. It took awhile to get them the ball as Stetson was packing the paint, a fact Summitt acknowledged disrupted their game.

"Obviously Chattanooga, I mean Stetson - I've already got Chattanooga on the brain - packed it in," Summitt said.

A Monday teleconference is rare - Summitt's media Q&As are usually on Wednesday - but the Paradise Jam holiday tournament in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands this week pushed it up. It's even rarer for the media conference to be on a game day.

Part of the purpose for the teleconference was for Summitt to discuss the upcoming games in St. Thomas, but it was clear she was focused on tonight.

"We have to take care of business before we leave town," Summitt said.


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