Coach Pat Summitt rewarded Dominique Redding with a start and is disciplining Alexis Hornbuckle by having her start the game on the bench because of her technical foul for taunting in Thursday's loss against LSU.
"What she did is unacceptable in our program," Summitt said. "I've never approved of players talking smack, taunting. You let your game do the talking. If you want to get excited, get excited for the team."
Against LSU, Hornbuckle drove for a layup, scored and was fouled by LSU's Erica White. She walked toward White and nodded her head while saying 'yeah.'
Summitt was screened from the play and didn't see what happened. Later that night she watched the game tape of the 72-69 loss at home.
"It was one of those that you went, 'Oh ... ,' " Summitt said after she saw it on tape. "I didn't see it (during the game). I was asking (official) June Courteau, and she said, 'Coach you don't have a choice.' I said, 'Was it that clear?' And she said, 'Oh yes.' And it was. All I had to do was watch tape that night."
After seeing what happened, Summitt decided to bench Hornbuckle for the beginning of the game. She will be available to play.
"When I watched the tape I made my decision," Summitt said. "I think I ran to the TV and screamed. I was really unhappy. I'm sure everybody at the Summitt house heard me."
Redding has a great offensive game, but an approach to defense and rebounding that has been inconsistent. Sunday gives her a chance to show Summitt that she can be counted on.
"I think Dom knows what she has to get better at," Summitt said. "And you know what? We'll find out. It's not like I'm going to play her 40 minutes. I think this right here will force her to make a decision - am I going to be a teammate that this team and this program, staff and fans and everybody can count on? Because she hasn't been. She's been iffy."
Tennessee will likely only have nine players available for the 5:30 p.m. matchup with Vanderbilt. Sophomore center Sybil Dosty has some swelling in her left knee and didn't practice Saturday. She won't play until the swelling goes down. It wasn't clear what aggravated the knee, but it may have occurred when she collided with an LSU player in the first half and went to the floor.