Wednesday, February 17, 2010

PAT SUMMITT BOOTS KAMIKO WILLIAMS FROM PRACTICE

Pat Summitt hadn't tossed a Tennessee women's basketball player from practice in nearly three years.
That changed Monday.
The Lady Vols coach sent freshman Kamiko Williams to the locker room after she exhibited low energy during a workout at Thompson-Boling Arena.
"Hopefully, she'll learn,'' Summitt said. "Again, she's the most athletic guard on our team."
The last Lady Vol to be banished was Dominique Redding, who was tossed from a practice leading up to the Women's Final Four in 2007. Earlier that season, Summitt sent the entire team packing.
After scoring 17 points off the bench in a 60-55 comeback victory at South Carolina on Jan. 31., Williams was promoted to starting point guard. She struggled in her new role against Arkansas on Feb. 4 and versus Vanderbilt on Feb. 8. She went back to a reserve role but wasn't appreciably better at Ole Miss last Thursday or against Florida on Sunday, where she had two points and two rebounds while playing 11 minutes.
Summitt said she wasn't sure whether starting Williams was too much too soon for her.
"I don't know how she thinks,'' Summitt said. "If somebody told me 'Hey, you can be my starting point guard' I'd be studying my notes, I'd be looking at all our sets."
Summitt said Williams had watched tape of her recent play with acting assistant Stephanie Glance and acknowledged she wasn't playing hard enough. Williams also did extra shooting before Monday's practice.
"Then she comes out and there's no change,'' Summitt said. "Today might have been the lowest energy of all through the whole year. And so I kicked her out."
Williams, who was visibly upset when leaving the court, was composed when she returned afterward to run at Pratt Pavilion.
"She's just casual and we can't be,'' Summitt said. "Because, I mean, that's why I went off at halftime (Sunday). I am committed to holding this team to the highest standard in every practice and everything we do."
The team is off today. Summitt said Williams' playing status for Thursday's game at Alabama will hinge on her effort in Wednesday's practice.
"Right now I'm just going to wait and see what she does when she gets on the practice floor,'' Summitt said.

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