KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee guard Ariel Massengale believes a rare stint on the bench this summer has helped her get off to a faster start.
Massengale adjusted to a backup role this summer while helping USA Basketball win a gold medal at the World University Games. Massengale said the experience gave her a new perspective when she returned to campus.
"I probably never had done it before in my career," Massengale said. "It definitely helped me learn. It also gave me an easier way to relate to my teammates back here who may not get as much playing time, to let them know and assure them they're just as important as the five people who are on the court."