“I think we’re doing things nobody expected,” Warlock said before leaving for Oklahoma City.
Tennessee’s last loss, to Texas A&M, came at the SEC tournament, where the Aggies rolled through South Carolina, Tennesee and Kentucky to claim the postseason conference crown.
The Lady Vols will arrive in Oklahoma City having claimed NCAA tournament victories over Oral Roberts (83-62) and Creighton (68-52), with both games having been played inside Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville.
If Tennessee’s not as dominant as years past, it is still plenty good and plenty dangerous.
“They’re very athletic, very fast,” Coale said. “In the open floor, they can score bunches of points in a short period of time.”
The catalyst is Simmons, who Coale said “is like a crazed maniac, she’s so fast.”
While Tennessee, its history and the season it has enjoyed, has OU’s attention, the Sooners also have the Lady Vols’ attention.
“They’ve got a strong outside guard in (Aaryn) Ellenberg, and (Joanna) McFarland inside is playing really well …,” Warlock said. “They’re just a well-coached team that’s going to try to take advantage of situations.”
Simmons, also speaking during a final hometown media session before leaving for Oklahoma City, centered her thoughts on Ellenberg, OU’s leading scorer who finished with 27 points in the Sooners’ victory over UCLA.
“She’s the head of the snake,” Simmons said. “If we take her down, we should be fine.”
As Central Michigan and UCLA found out, that’s easier said than done.
Tennessee’s a day away from getting its chance to try.
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