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SEC Women's Basketball Tournament: Tennessee / Florida Game Thread

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March 6, 2009
7:30 EST
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21-9 (9-5)
  19(AP)
  24(USA Today)
 
23-6 (9-5)
  21(AP)
  18(USA Today)
Tennessee
Ht.
Wt.
Yr.
PPG
RPG
APG
G 5 Angie Bjorklund
6-0
-
So.
11.5
3.0
2.7
F/G 25 Glory Johnson
6-3
-
Fr.
10.6
7.1
0.7
F/G
40 Shekinna Stricklen
6-2
-
Fr.
13.2
6.0
3.1
F/C 2/44 Alex Fuller
6-3
-
Sr.
8.0
6.2
1.4
C
52  Kelley Cain
6-6
-
Fr.
8.3
5.2
0.6
Florida
Ht.
Wt.
Yr.
PPG
RPG
APG
G
3 Sha Brooks
5-7
-
Sr.
16.4
2.9
4.8
F 44 Marshae Dotson
5-11
-
Sr.
13.5
7.0
1.0
G
10 Steffi Sorenson
5-10
-
Jr.
9.0
5.0
2.5
F 24 Sharielle Smith
5-10
-
Jr.
8.0
6.3
0.8
G
21 Trumae Lucas
5-8
-
Fr.
8.0
6.3
0.9

In many ways, these teams are opposites.  UT has one starting senior (well, one senior period), while Florida starts 2 seniors and 3 juniors and 2 juniors and 1 freshman --ed.  UT is looking to start an entire 6-foot plus lineup, while Florida will have nobody over 6 feet starting.  Yet Florida is a pretty good rebounding team, in large part due to their experience.

Expect Florida to try to speed the game up and try to get UT out of rhythm.  Tennessee needs to start with control and consistency, and try to dictate the flow of the game.  The key will likely be 6'6" Kelley Cain, for whom the Gators literally have no answer.  But regarding Cain, watch for Florida numbers 13 and 42, who are 6'4" freshman Azania Stewart and 6'3" senior Aneika Henry, respectively.  Those are the only two who have a prayer of containing Cain tonight; if they can't do it, they UT will absolutely own the interior and should look to take advantage of it all night long.

Otherwise, watch Angie Bjorklund.  She has to feel disappointed after her zero point, four foul outing against Alabama.  UT needs her to be confident in herself when the NCAA tournament comes around, and tonight is the best possible night to build that confidence.

This one is big; a win here will go a long way towards building the Lady Vols' confidence in their tournament play and prove to them that they can win 2 tourney games in one weekend.

GO LADY VOLS!!!