Wearing down Penicheiro key for Lady Vols Summitt's strategy works against ODU point guard

March 31, 1997|By Milton Kent | Milton Kent,SUN STAFF

CINCINNATI -- Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt said Friday that she would have 48 hours to come up with something to stop seemingly unstoppable Old Dominion, and so she did, as the Lady Vols knocked off the Lady Monarchs, 68-59, last night.

But it was the way Summitt did it, by going after point guard Ticha Penicheiro that threw Old Dominion coach Wendy Larry for a loop.

"Pat's plan to wear Ticha down was brilliant. The pressure totally wore her down," Larry said.

Penicheiro, the All-America point guard from Portugal, had 10 points, eight steals and eight assists, but also 10 turnovers and was harassed all night by a variety of Lady Vols defenders.

"We were kind of intimidated with the kind of pressure that they placed on us. I turned the ball over way too much," Penicheiro said.

All-tourney team

Penicheiro was joined on the all-tournament team by teammates Clarisse Machanguana and Nyree Roberts and Tennessee's Kellie Jolly and Chamique Holdsclaw, who was named the Final Four's Most Outstanding Player.

Long-term strategy

USA Basketball, the governing body for this country's international efforts, has announced a plan to organize the national team on a three-year cycle rather than the current one-year plan.

Spokeswoman Amy Early said USA Basketball will identify a core group of collegiate and professional players who will train and compete in international competitions over a three-year span.

In addition, USA Basketball will hire a coach for the three years. Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer directed the 1996 team to a gold medal. Reportedly, Purdue coach Nell Fortner, who was a national team assistant, is the top candidate.

Pub Date: 3/31/97

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