No. 8 Lady Vols Defeat Lady Eagles, 124-34, In Exhibition Thursday Evening
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The No. 8 University
of Tennessee Women’s Basketball Team saw six players score in
double figures as the Lady Vols defeated Carson-Newman College by a
124-34 score Thursday evening in exhibition at Thompson-Boling
“We were overmatched tonight but the one thing you can control is your effort. There were obvious differences in size and speed, but you can control your effort and I thought we did that tonight,” said Head Coach Dean Walsh. “When we came in here last year, I was disappointed in our effort, but tonight I thought our effort was really good, and I was pleased with that.”
Over half of Tennessee’s points came from in the paint (68) and the Lady Volunteers forced 37 Lady Eagle turnovers in the contest.
“They were chomping at the bit to get on the court,” continued Walsh. “We knew we weren’t the reason, but they were going to make a statement with all the hard work they have put in during the offseason. They have a strong, solid program that I think is better than where it finished last year.”
Glory Johnson (Knoxville, Tenn.) led all scorers with 22 points off the bench and completed the double-double with 10 rebounds while Angie Bjorklund (Spokane Valley, Wash.) had 21 points as well for the Lady Vols.
Carson-Newman was led offensively by freshman guard Tasha Phillips (Clarkrange, Tenn.) with 10 points and seven rebounds. Freshman guard Whitney Moody (Blountville, Tenn.) and junior guard Katlin Moore (Rock Hill, S.C.) tallied five and four points, respectively, as well for the Lady Eagles.
“Our tempo was good; we didn’t hesitate to push it. When you play MTSU, Tennessee and North Carolina, they have the conditioning to handle it. When we get into our division and the teams that we play, they’re not going to have the depth and conditioning that we have,” added Walsh.
Carson-Newman will travel to Chapel Hill, N.C., on Tuesday, November 10 to take on the #5 Tar Heels of the University of North Carolina in the team’s final exhibition of the 2009-10 season. Tipoff for the contest will be at 7:00 p.m., at the Dean E. Smith Center.