Dec. 21, 2012
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. --The Lady Vols return to Rocky Top after posting a 1-1 record on the road this past week, defeating No. 18 Texas before falling to third-ranked Baylor. Tennessee is turning its focus to the No. 1 team in the nation, Stanford, whom they will meet this weekend.
"I think just from that experience playing the No. 3 team in the nation that used to be the No. 1, and playing against Brittney Griner, the No. 1 player in the nation, and Odyssey Sims who is a great point guard, I think it helps us come into this game playing Stanford," freshman forward Bashaara Graves said. "We have that experience coming straight from the Baylor game."
Tennessee had six Lady Vols score in double digits against Texas, as junior guard Meighan Simmons led the team with 18 points in her return to her home state.
The Lady Vols fell to Baylor two days later as the Lady Bears won 76-53.
"You're going to have off nights," head coach Holly Warlick said. "What brings you back is your ability, your heart, your desire and your willingness to play defense and the discipline to do what you need to do on the defensive end."
UT rounds out the toughest stretch of its non-conference schedule Saturday at 4 p.m. ET when the team takes on the Cardinal.
"I always put a challenging schedule and we knew this up front," Warlick said. "This is a chance to get a better taste in our mouth from Baylor and to compete and to play at a level that we need to play in front of our fans would be tremendous."