David Hooper of SB Nation’s Tennessee site Rocky Top Talk summarized “a game of runs” between the Tennessee Lady Vols and the St. John’s Red Storm, highlighting a potentially significant development for the team’s future in this postseason and beyond from freshman Mercedes Russell.
Russell is quietly turning into something very good and very not-quiet. A huge block in the second half and some solid passes from the post gave a window into her sophomore season. With a year of strength and conditioning, she’s going to fit in juuuuuust fine. She had 9 rebounds on the night – one of her highest totals and third on the team behind Burdick and Harrison (11 each). She also had 3 assists and 2 turnovers – a great night from a freshman post.
This should already have been evident from watching this team in the SEC Tournament, but it bears repeating in light of Hooper’s observation: there’s a very good chance that we still haven’t see this team performing at peak potential this season and that could make things very interesting moving forward.