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Wampler touch perfect in Thompson-Boling debut
C-N freshman is 3-of-3 versus defending champ UT; Johnson 33 in debut


McKenzie Wampler’s three baskets worth seven points hardly compared to Glory Johnson’s Tennessee Lady Vols coming-out party of 33 points.

And while the 5-foot-9 forward and her Carson-Newman Lady Eagles of Division II were supposed to get crushed by UT, two-time defending Division I national champs, the Lenoir City freshman still had a memorable experience playing in UT’s Thompson-Boling Arena.

“As a little girl I always dreamed of playing here at Thompson-Boling,” said Wampler, 3-of-3 from the field despite a 135-55 Lady Vols opening-season exhibition romp Thursday, Nov. 6. “It’s been fun.”


Head coach Dean Walsh said Wampler “did a good job for us.”

Meanwhile, C-N senior sharpshooting guard Ashley Tipton was held to three points on 1-of-4 shooting with four rebounds.

“I don’t think I shot well, period, regardless of what U-T did,” Tipton said. “But their size is just unreal. I didn’t get that many looks.”

But the night belonged to Johnson. Despite coming off the bench, the Lady Vol freshman and former Webb Lady Spartans All-American led the young Lady Vols in scoring in her first-ever college game. Johnson was 11-of-18 from the field and 11-of-20 at the foul line. The 6-foot-3 freshman added 14 rebounds.

“Glory, she’s one of the best athletes that we’ve had in this program,” UT head coach Pat Summitt said. “I compare her to Tamika Catchings when you’re talking about just the speed and the intensity and the aggressiveness. She shot the ball pretty well tonight, too. ...”

“She definitely changes the way we play,” Summitt added. “We play a lot quicker on the defensive end when she’s in there.”

While C-N was coming off a similar beating in Chapel Hill, N.C. versus the UNC Lady Tar Heels a few days before, Pat Summitt’s extremely young Tennessee team played the first of two exhibition games to open the 2008-09 season.

 

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