Saturday, December 26, 2009
Road To Redemption: LadyVolsNation Stand Up
LadyvolsNation stand up...our beloved team is sitting at 10-1, after playing 6 ranked teams in those 11 games. I am very happy about how we have started off this season. The teams chemistry on the court is very evident this year...although I'm still not sure about a couple of players, who seems to not be able to play off each other. I'm hoping to see Johnson and Stricklen really get there act together on the court. Everytime I watch them on the floor together, there seems to be no "interaction" between the two. But nonetheless, our once "babyvols" are maturing into champions. When we got the #1 recruiting class in 2004, I know we all believed that winning would come right then, yet it took that group 2 years to get it together. I believe we are seeing the same thing with this group, only the final four is definitely in this groups future (if you remember we lost in the elite 8 with that Candace Parker group).
So what will it take to become champions this season? When it looks as if Uconn is invincible. Our "test" against Stanford, we failed miserably...and I know Pat said Stanford just played great defense, and though they defense wasn't "bad", but what I seen was more of us not hitting open shots. I watch Shekinna and others miss chippies around the rim, open jumpers, and it went on and on. And yet after that loss I didn't have that feeling from last year...you know the one that made you doubt the "commitment" level of this team. Instead I was more like, come March we are going to be incredible! I am convinced that our #3 ranking is very legit...and by the time we meet up with Stanford again, perhaps in the final four, the outcome will be different.
Everyone has their own opinions about how this will happen, but mine is spoken in two words: KAMIKO WILLIAMS. Back when I did my Intro to Kamiko Williams, I was saying then that Kamiko is going to be a beast for the LadyVols. She has all the tools that we have been missing for a long time. She don's a 5-11 inch frame, the fact that she is left-handed is a bonus, she rebounds and blocks shots, and I love her energy on the floor. Even though when I'm watching her with the ball in her hands it looks like she is moving in slow motion..lol. Pat gave her the opportunity to display her skills against USF, and she had 14pts/8rbs/4stls/3ast/2blks. LadyvolsNation we have a player right here, and she will allow Shekinna to play in her "natural" position. Honestly I need a great 6th woman...and don't hate me right now..lol, but when Williams is truly ready...PG Williams,SG Bjorklund SF Stricklen PF Johnson C Cain...ok let me explain. Taking Taber out of this starting lineup allows her to be more aggressive with the second unit. It also gives Kamiko the experience she will need for March.
The Road To Redemption is in full effect...next stop Old Dominion!