Thursday, November 10, 2005

Dosty to miss game after missing class

Tennessee sophomore center Sybil Dosty will sit out a second exhibition game tonight for missing a class.

The Lady Vols play Carson-Newman College at 7 at Thompson-Boling Arena.

After tonight, Dosty's slate will be wiped clean for the regular season, which begins Nov. 20 against Stetson.

"She's worked hard in practice,'' UT coach Pat Summitt said of Dosty. "This isn't something you hold over a player's head."

Dosty's practice play, on the other hand, will work in her favor if she maintains her level of effort.

"She understands now what you have to do in practice to be rewarded in games,'' Summitt said. "A year ago, I couldn't seem to bring it out (of her)."

Summitt wasn't sure about tonight's starting lineup, other than to say it will change from Sunday. Candace Parker, Nicky Anosike, Tye'sha Fluker, Alexis Hornbuckle and Shanna Zolman started against Dalhousie.

Scouting Report: Carson-Newman is coming off one of its best seasons with a 25-8 record. The Lady Eagles won the South Atlantic Conference tournament, advanced to the NCAA Division II Sweet 16 and finished ranked No. 18 nationally.

A big reason for C-N's success was Brooke Johnson, who left the team this fall for personal and family reasons.

The 6-foot-3 forward from Seymour was named both SAC player and freshman of the year after averaging 16.6 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. She set a school record for blocks with 128.

Without Johnson, the Lady Eagles top returning starter is Giovanni Booker, who averaged 6.1 points.

C-N lost to Tennessee last season, 105-47.

Ticket Update: Season ticket sales are at approximately 9,500.

The new family plan offered for Section 113 on the east side of the arena is sold out.

Sales of the courtside seats have reached 52, an increase from last season's 46.

Jimmy Delaney, the Lady Vols director of promotions and marketing, said ticket sales for four games -- Texas (Dec. 1), Connecticut (Jan. 7), Alabama (Jan. 29) and Vanderbilt (Feb. 12) -- already have reached five figures.

Delaney said that only 3,000 tickets are left for the UConn game.

All-American Shutout: No Lady Vol received a vote for the Associated Press five-player preseason All-America team.

The honorees are LSU's Seimone Augustus, Duke's Monique Curry, Baylor's Sophia Young. Jessica Davenport of Ohio State and Rutgers' Cappie Pondexter.

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