Even though Davis has seen a slight decline in her production this season, she is still the lifeblood of the lady vols basketball. Davis has made a career of being there when it matters most, scoring several game-winning shots.
The fact that Davis was held scoreless GREY PANTS during the first half of No. 21 Tennessee’s match against No. 2 South Carolina at Thompson-Boling Arena, Thursday night. She missed all four of her shots. The Gamecocks led by 12 points at the end of the first half.
Davis scored quickly in the second quarter, scoring a pair free throws just 40 seconds into the final quarter. She and the lady vols basketball (13-5-7-3), launched a surge that saw them win a 75-67 victory over South Carolina (17-3-121), who were the SEC’s leaders.
Davis scored all 24 of her points in the second quarter, and 13 in the final quarter. This gave Davis a 28-17 advantage in scoring.
This was the momentum that the lady vols basketball needed to win the fourth quarter. Davis made all four of her free throws in the final minute.
Kellie Harper, Tennessee coach, said that “that basketball team is, it’s so good.” They are disciplined, have lots of talent and depth. They are excellent on both sides of the court. “… I was so happy and proud to have won a major win.
- Halftime speech for lady vols basketball
- Harper had some words of wisdom for her team during halftime.
Davis and Rae Burrell, junior, pointed out that their coach had called them too soft, which led to poor performance in the first half. Davis was moved by it and rallied around it.
Lady Vols Basketball – Battle in the Paint
Tennessee was able to make the most of its size in paint for the most part to great effect.
Teams have had to deal with Tamari Key and Kasiyahna Kushikuah (6’5″ and 6-4 respectively) Aliyah Boston (6-5 forward) is the SEC Freshman-of-the Year.
South Carolina leads the SEC with 49.7 rebounds per game. This is the first time Tennessee has had to face a team capable of matching its abilities in pulling down boards.