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Restless Simmons Has Past On Her Mind, Eyes On The Future


Tennessee has one senior on the 2013-14 women's basketball roster, but 2013 SEC Co-Player of the Year Meighan Simmons brings plenty of scoring punch and unbelievable quickness to the equation for Holly's Warlick's second edition.

Steve Megargee of Associated Press talked to Simmons last week about her goals for the upcoming campaign and the disappointing memory of an Elite Eight loss to Louisville that left the Lady Vols just short of a trip to the Final Four in a season where UT advanced beyond the expectations of nearly everyone.

Read what Simmons had to say below:

-- Associated Press: Loss in NCAA tourney motivates Lady Vols' Simmons

So Much Love For "Pat XO"

"Pat XO," a documentary produced by ESPN Films made its worldwide television debut on July 9. More than 6,700 people "liked" the film on the Tennessee Women's Basketball facebook page and others expressed their love for "Pat XO" via Twitter and other social media outlets.

If you haven't yet seen "Pat XO" or would like to watch it again, there are several more opportunities coming up on the ESPN family of networks.

On Thursday, July 11, the film comes on at 11 p.m. Eastern time on ESPN2, right after the telecast of the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks and Tulsa Shock, featuring former Lady Vols Candace Parker and Glory Johnson doing battle.

On Friday, July 12, "Pat XO" will be shown at midnight ET on ESPN Classic.

On Saturday, July 13, it will be available on three ESPN channels. ESPN2 is slated to carry it at 11 a.m. ET  ESPN is scheduled to show it at 4 p.m.  ESPN Classic is slated to air it at 8 p.m., 10 p.m. and midnight ET.

On Sunday, July 14, ESPN2's schedule shows a 6 a.m. ET telecast of "Pat XO."  ESPN Classic has it listed three times on its itinerary, including 8 p.m., 10 p.m. and midnight ET.

On Tuesday, July 16, catch it at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN, following the back-to-back showings of the newest Nine for IX film, "Let Them Wear Towels."

Below are links to a sampling of print and electronic media coverage pertaining to "Pat XO."

-- Forbes: Pat XO ESPN's Love Letter To Pat Summitt
-- Knoxville News Sentinel: Risky Approached Led to Personal Feel for Pat
-- Knoxville News Sentinel: Pat Summitt Excited About Pat XO Documentary
-- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Pat XO Wonderful Love Letter
-- Inside Tennessee: Pat XO Film Debuts in Knoxville
-- Bleacher Report: Spotlight on Pat Summitt is Well Deserved
-- Murfreesboro Post: New ESPN Documentary Reaches For Summitt
-- The Daily Beast: Pat Summitt's Rise to the Top of College Basketball
-- TV Guide: ESPN at the Summitt
-- Slam: Pat Summitt Summing it Up
-- Tennessean: Summitt Documentary Airs July 9

Russell, Reynolds At Home On Rocky Top


Highly-touted Lady Vol basketball newcomers Mercedes Russell and Jordan Reynolds attended their first day of classes at the University of Tennessee on Monday.

Both players hail from Oregon, with Russell, a 6-5 post, coming from Springfield (Springfield H.S.) and the 5-8 Reynolds joining the program from Portland (Central Catholic).

Russell and Reynolds participated in the 2013 McDonald's High School All-American Game in Chicago in April, registering double-doubles in helping the West to a 92-64 win.  Russell was named the MVP after tallying 16 points and 12 rebounds. Reynolds, meanwhile, scored 10 points and collected 11 boards.

Russell is the subject of two recent articles in USA Today High School Sports:

-- Mercedes Russell Talks Rocky Top
-- Introducing ... Mercedes Russell

Russian Winter Paved Way For Johnson's WNBA Success


Former Lady Vol Glory Johnson enjoyed a strong rookie campaign with the WNBA's Tulsa Shock in 2012. A winter of basketball in Russia, however, has paved the way for an even more impressive second year for the product of Knoxville's Webb School. Read Dan Fleser's story on Johnson's chilly route to professional success.

-- Knoxville News Sentinel: From Russia with Game: Bitter cold helped former Lady Vol Glory Johnson improve skills

Parker's Balancing Act

Candace Parker does it all. She has two NCAA titles and two Olympic gold medals, and most recently, her UMMC Ekaterinburg team won the 2013 EuroLeague title, where she was named the playoffs' MVP. As arguably the best player in the league, the only thing left on her plate is a WNBA title.

Along with her dedication to the sport, Parker finds a way to balance being a mother, wife and WNBA All-Star. Louisa Thomas of Grantland.com gives an in-depth look at how the 27-year-old and former Lady Vol standout balances her roles.

Grantland.com - Candace Parker Knows What She Wants

On June 14, we send Happy Birthday to many members of the Tennessee Athletics family. 

Women's basketball legend Pat Summitt celebrates her birthday on June 14. 


Tennessee volleyball head coach Rob Patrick also celebrates his birthday on June 14.

Also celebrating on Flag Day are former Vols football lineman Anthony Herrera, who played for the Minnesota Vikings from 2004-11. 


Former women's track standout 
Elizabeth Altizer also turns 23. 


On June 11 - a popular day for birthdays on Rocky Top - we wish Happy Birthday to head Lady Vol basketball coach Holly Warlick, Vol swimmer Sam Petersen, Vol baseball star Will Maddox, and former Vol football wide receiver Cory Eichholtz.



Happy Birthday - June 10: Ariel Massengale, Steven Fowlkes

On June 10, we wish Happy Birthday to Lady Vol Basketball sophomore Ariel Massengale. The point guard will be playing in this summer's 2013 World University Games. It's also the birthday of former Vol football player Steven Fowlkes.


Warlick, Auriemma Set Fun Tone At WBHOF Fundraiser


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The Women's Basketball Hall of Fame held its 2013 induction ceremonies Saturday night, and Lady Vol head coach Holly Warlick co-hosted a major fundraiser for the hall with UConn head coach Geno Auriemma.

Below is a photo gallery from the gala reception, held at the East Tennessee Historical Society, stories pertaining to the reception and induction ceremonies, an article confirming that Lady Vol player Jasmine Phillips has left the program and news that former UT player Sydney Smallbone has been tapped to lead a high school program.

-- UTSports.com: WBHOF Gala Reception Photo Gallery

-- espnW: Women's Basketball HOF Induction Weekend Recap

-- Knoxville News Sentinel: Knoxville a big part of Geno Auriemma legacy

-- Knoxville News Sentinel: Jim Foster, Sue Wicks laud Summitt's vision for Hall of Fame

-- Knoxville News Sentinel: Guard Jasmine Phillips not returning to Tennessee Lady Vols

-- WNDU-TV: Lakeshore hires Sydney Smallbone as new varsity girls hoops coach

Lady Vol Hoops In The News


It's summertime in East Tennessee, far removed from hoops season, but there's plenty going on involving past and current members of the Lady Vol basketball program.

The Women's Basketball Hall of Fame is hosting its 2013 induction festivities this weekend, and 2001 inductee Holly Warlick will be joining another well-known hall-of-famer in co-hosting a fundraiser.  The Lady Vol skipper will team up with none other than UConn head coach Geno Auriemma, himself a 2006 inductee, to co-host a gala reception on Saturday at the East Tennessee Historical Society. The event is sold out.

-- Knoxville News Sentinel:
Holly Warlick, Geno Auriemma to host hall of fame fund-raiser

Pat Summitt was recently announced as a 2013 inductee into the FIBA Hall of Fame. She and 11 others will be enshrined at FIBA Headquarters in Mies, Switzerland, (just outside Geneva) on June 19. She joins two other Americans being inducted, including former Georgia women's standout Teresa Edwards and David Robinson, a graduate of the Naval Academy and a long-time NBA standout.

-- fiba.com: FIBA announces 2013 Hall of Fame Class
-- fiba.com: 2013 Class of FIBA Hall of Fame: profile of Pat Summitt

Candace Parker
is averaging 18.5 points and 12.5 rebounds per contest for the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks and has vaulted to the top of this week's "Race to the MVP: Week Two" discussion segment on WNBA.com. Readers also chimed in to let the WNBA know that another former Lady Vol, Glory Johnson, needs to be in the mix as well. Johnson, like Parker, is averaging a double-double, scoring at a 15.5 ppg. clip and hauling down 11.3 rebounds per outing.

-- WNBA.com:  Race to the MVP: Week Two

The WNBA will test new technology this weekend, and a pair of former Lady Vols will be playing in the game where the league debuts its "Ref Cam."  Alexis Hornbuckle and her Phoenix Mercury will travel to Indianapolis to meet Tamika Catchings and the Indiana Fever on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. Eastern time (ABC-TV). Former Lady Vol assistant Mickie DeMoss is a member of the Fever coaching staff.

-- WNBA.com: WNBA Makes History With Debut Of "Ref Cam" on ABC

Long-time Lady Vol athletic trainer Jenny Moshak has written a book entitled: "Ice 'N' Go, Score in Sports and Life." She discusses a few of the primary topics during a recent interview.

-- WATE-TV: 
Lady Vols' longtime trainer Jenny Moshak pens new book

Former Lady Vol Brittany Jackson continues to build a resume in the media industry. WRCB-TV in Chattanooga has announced that the Cleveland, Tenn., native will host its "Fan Cam" segment during Friday night football coverage this fall.

-- WCRB-TV: Former Lady Vol star joining Channel 3 as special fan correspondent

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