Friday, February 3, 2012

Debbie Ryan helps Staley, South Carolina upset Tennessee

Several weeks after the current Virginia coach led the Cavaliers to one victory over Tennessee, the former Virginia coach did her part to deal the Lady Vols another setback.

South Carolina coach and former Cavaliers great Dawn Staley credits a pre-game pep talk Debbie Ryan gave to her players as one of the hidden keys behind the Gamecocks' 64-60 upset of No. 8 Tennessee Thursday in Knoxville.

"We had my college coach Debbie Ryan come talk to our team about everyone believing on one accord, on being on one accord, and anything is possible," Staley told the Associated Press after South Carolina's first victory over Tennessee in 32 years. "I think our team took that to heart."

Earlier this season, the Cavaliers, now led by Joanne Boyle, upended Tennessee 69-64 in overtime at John Paul Jones Arena.

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