Thursday, January 24, 2013

Among other notable differences, Lady Vols feel a lack of respect this season

By Jerome Boettcher

Winning eight national championships under living icon Pat Summitt, the Tennessee women’s basketball program never has been confused for an underdog.

With Summitt retired, longtime assistant Holly Warlick at the helm and a bucket load of freshmen and sophomores, this winter has provided a new perspective for the Volunteers. They considered a preseason ranking of 20th a disappointment. A season-opening loss at Chattanooga coupled with back-to-back double-digit defeats to defending national champ Baylor and Stanford offered a wakeup call.

Still, even as they’ve returned to their winning ways, the Volunteers throw down an unfamiliar card — lack of respect.

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