Taber  Spani

13Taber Spani


Lee's Summit, Mo.

High School:
Home Schooled/Metro Academy



Spani's Superlatives

2012-13 Season Highs
Points:33 // Texas A&M, 3/9/13
Rebounds:8 // Texas A&M, 3/9/13*
Assists:4 // Vanderbilt, 2/17/13
Steals:3 // Missouri, 1/10/13
Blocks:2 // LSU, 2/7/13*
Field Goals:11 // Texas A&M, 3/9/13
3-Pointers:5 // Texas A&M, 3/9/13
Free Throws:6 // Texas A&M, 3/9/13
Minutes:40 // Texas A&M, 3/9/13
Career Highs
Points:33 // Texas A&M, 3/9/13
Rebounds:12 // Miss. State, 2/16/12*
Assists:5 // Pepperdine, 11/13/11*
Steals:3 // Missouri, 1/10/13*
Blocks:2 // LSU, 2/7/13*
Field Goals:11 // Texas A&M, 3/9/13
3-Pointers:5 // Texas A&M, 3/9/13
Free Throws:7 // Alabama, 1/6/11
Minutes:42 // Virginia, 11/20/11
SEC Highs
Points:24 // Vanderbilt, 1/24/13
Rebounds:7 // Ole Miss, 2/10/13*
Assists:5 // Alabama, 1/6/11
Steals:3 // Missouri, 1/10/13*
Blocks:2 // LSU, 2/7/13*
Field Goals:8 // Vanderbilt, 1/24/13
3-Pointers:4 // Auburn, 2/21/13*
Free Throws:7 // Alabama, 1/6/11
Minutes:39 // Missouri, 2/3/13*
NCAA Highs
Points:20 // Louisville, 4/2/13
Rebounds:9 // Stetson, 3/19/11
Assists:2 // Ohio State, 3/26/11*
Steals:2 // Baylor, 3/27/10*
Blocks:1 // Creighton, 3/25/13*
Field Goals:7 // Louisville, 4/2/13*
3-Pointers:3 // Notre Dame, 3/28/11*
Free Throws:5 // Louisville, 4/2/13
Minutes:30 // Creighton, 3/25/13
*Indicates most recent high

  • All-Oklahoma City Regional Team -- 2013
  • SEC All-Tournament Team -- 2013
  • SEC Community Service Team -- 2013
  • Brad Davis SEC Community Service Post-Graduate Scholarship Nominee -- 2013
  • SEC Academic Honor Roll -- 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
  • Volscars Ms. Tennessee Big Orange Heart Award -- 2013
  • Chancellor's Citation for Outstanding Scholarship -- 2013
  • Capital One First-Team Academic All-District 3 -- 2012, 2013
  • 1A FAR Academic Excellence Award -- 2012
  • Capital One Second-Team Academic All-District 4 -- 2011

  • Finished her career with 1,053 points, ranking 37th on UT's all-time scoring list.
  • Scored in double figures a career-high 22 times as a senior, closing her college days with a team-high 20 points vs. Louisville in the NCAA Elite Eight.
  • Racked up a career-high 33 points, going 11-13 from the field with a career-best five three-pointers against Texas A&M, in the SEC Tournament semifinals.
  • Contributed 13 points and brought down seven boards in UT's 82-73 win against Florida in the SEC Tournament quarterfinals, recording her 17th game in double figures this season.
  • Tallied 11 points, five rebounds and grabbed two steals against Kentucky.
  • Scored eight points and grabbed three boards, while dishing out two assists in the Lady Vols' 82-72 victory over Texas A&M on Senior Night to clinch the outright SEC regular-season title.
  • Totaled 14 points and five rebounds, while going 4-for-4 from the free throw line in UT's 60-54 win at Arkansas.
  • Tallied 16 points against Auburn while bringing down four rebounds and dishing out three assists.
  • Recorded her 14th game this season scoring in double-digits as she 12 against Vanderbilt.
  • Tied her SEC-personal best in rebounds as she brought down seven against Ole Miss, while adding 12 points.
  • Notched her 12th double-figure scoring outing on the season against Missouri, as she tallied 12 points and four rebounds against the Tigers. She hit three three-pointers vs. Mizzou.
  • Since Nov. 18, made 22 straight free throws before missing one against Notre Dame.
  • Racked up a career-best 24 points and went a perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line in UT's 83-75 win at Vanderbilt.
  • Tallied 14 points against Alabama to notch her fifth game in the last six contests to hit double figures.
  • Went 3-for-3 from the free throw line, scoring 12 points for her seventh game this season scoring in the double figures.
  • Led the team in blocks as she denied two Florida shots in UT's 78-75 win over the Gators.
  • For the first time this year recorded three straight games in the double digits for scoring as she totaled 18 points at South Carolina, 11 against Georgia and 11 against Mizzou.
  • Notched a season-best 18 points, going 4-5 from beyond the arc, in UT's SEC opener at South Carolina. Her four 3-pointers matches her career high in 3-pointers made.
  • Tied her season bests in rebounds (6) and blocks (1) in UT's 66-47 win over Rutgers.
  • Tallied her third double digit scoring game in the last four contests as she put up 15 points against Texas in a season-best 31 minutes of action, recording her 100th career 3-pointer.
  • Hit two baskets behind the arc to contribute 10 points in the Lady Vols' 102-57 win over the Tar Heels.
  • One of six players to hit double-digits in scoring against Alcorn State as she totaled 10 points, her first double-digit game since last December.
  • Sunk her first trey of the season to send UT over the century mark in the Lady Vols' 101-48 win over Rice.
  • Recorded two points, two rebounds and two steals in the Lady Vols' 71-54 win over Georgia Tech.
  • Started the season-opener of her final year donning the Orange and White, putting up two points and grabbing six boards.

  • Played in 27 games, starting 15 for Tennessee, while battling injuries.
  • Had six double-figure scoring outputs in the first nine games of the season before a balky knee limited her playing time and productivity.
  • Improved her total to 23 games in double figures for points through her junior season.
  • Was averaging 12.2 points through nine contests and after playing the 10th one vs. Stanford (12/20), she missed the next eight games before resuming action vs. Notre Dame (1/23).
  • Tied a career high with 22 points against Virginia (11/20), going 8-17 from the floor, hitting four from long range and adding two rebounds and a block in a career-high 42 minutes of action.
  • Put up a team-high 20 points against #7 Miami (11/15), dropping four of eight shots from behind the arc and contributing five boards and three assists in 39 minutes.
  • Logged 29 minutes in a start against UCLA (12/17), putting up 14 points and tying her season high for treys, hitting 4-6.
  • Against #11 Rutgers (12/13), she went 3-5 from behind the arc, totaling 13 points and tying a season high with five rebounds in the contest.
  • Was productive on both ends of the floor against Pepperdine (11/13), notching 11 points, five assists, four rebounds, two blocks and two steals in the winning effort.
  • Played 31 minutes against #1 Baylor (11/27), chipping in 10 points and two rebounds against the Lady Bears.
  • Named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll for the third time in her career.
  • Started 26 games and averaged 8.0 points and 4.1 rebounds as a sophomore.
  • Scored in double figures on 13 occasions as a sophomore.
  • Tennessee was 16-0 when Spani scored in double figures until the NCAA Tournament Dayton Regional Final loss to Notre Dame (March 28).
  • Spani scored a career-high 22 points and grabbed six boards versus Rutgers on Dec. 30.
  • The game before that, versus ETSU, Spani notched her first career double-double, rustling up 15 points and 12 boards.
  • Tallied 18 points in 37 minutes against Mississippi State (Jan. 27) on her 20th birthday.
  • Scored 18 points for second straight game on at Arkansas (Jan. 30) in a career-best 39 minutes.
  • Scored 15 points on 4-of-7 shooting and dished out a career-high five assists versus Alabama (Jan. 6).
  • Dropped 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting in 20 minutes versus Ole Miss (Jan. 9).
  • She scored 13 points and nabbed seven boards against Notre Dame.
  • Averaged 12.5 ppg and reached double figures off the bench in all contests during a four-game stretch in November (Nov. 15-25) vs. Chattanooga, Virginia, Arizona State and Missouri.
  • Tallied 14 points on 5-of-13 shooting in 27 minutes off the bench against Chattanooga.
  • Scored 14 points for the second straight game in 25 minutes off the bench, making 2-of-3 from behind the arc, against Virginia.
  • Had 12 points vs. Arizona State and 10 against Missouri in the Paradise Jam.
  • An academic standout, she was named to the Capital One Academic All-District Second Team for District 4 and to the SEC Academic Honor Roll.
  • Became 13th Lady Vol to start her first game at Rocky Top and the 58th freshman to start during her rookie campaign.
  • Played in 33 games and got the starting nod in 16 of them as a freshman.
  • Tallied averages of 5.8 ppg., 2.7 rpg. and 1.3 apg. in all contests and averaged 4.1 ppg., 1.7 rpg. and 0.9 apg. in SEC outings.
  • Posted four double-digit scoring games as a freshman.
  • Battled painful turf toe and saw limited action for most of the second half of the season.
  • Scored a game-high and season-best 18 points to go with six rebounds and two assists against Texas Tech.
  • Came off the bench, made her first seven shots and torched the nets for 17 points in only 16 minutes against Dayton in the NCAA Tournament Second Round.
  • Scored a team-high 16 points and added six rebounds in a season-best 32 minutes against UCLA.
  • Scored eight of UT's last 11 first-half points vs. the Bruins, including the final five.
  • Tossed in 12 points in the win at Mississippi State.
  • Played well off the bench against Austin Peay in her first NCAA Tournament game, finishing with nine points, two boards and two assists in 20 minutes against the Lady Govs.
  • Finished with nine points and three rebounds against George Washington.
  • Started at Virginia and played 21 minutes, finishing with eight points, four rebounds, one assist and one block.
  • Played on USA's gold-medal-winning team at the 2009 U19 World Championships in Bangkok, Thailand, averaged 4.8 ppg. and 3.2 rpg.
  • AAU play included stints with the CY-Fair Nike Elite, the Missouri Valley Eclipse, Team Excel and the Kansas Belles.
  • The first player from the state of Missouri to play basketball for the Lady Vols.
  • McDonald's, Parade and WBCA All-American and Gatorade Kansas Player of the Year (2009).
  • DiRenna Award winner (2008) and Pete Maravich Award as the top homeschooled athlete in the nation (2008).
  • Five-time National Christian Homeschool Basketball Championships (NCHBC) All-America First Team selection.
  • Competed for Metro Academy (Kan.), where she started all 185 games played and compiled 4,113 points, 1,758 rebounds, 825 assists, 488 steals and 426 blocked shots during her five-year prep career.
  • Finished her prep career ranked seventh all-time in the national high school sports record book in points and ninth in rebounds, making her the only player in girls' basketball history to rank in the top 10 nationally in both categories.
  • As a senior in 2008-09, started all 35 games and averaged 32.5 ppg. and 10.6 rpg.
  • Full name is Taber Chalee Spani.
  • Born Jan. 27, 1991 in Independence, Mo.
  • Parents are Gary and Stacey Spani.
  • Has four sisters: Shalin (24), Tanis (20), Sajel (18) and Taris (14).
  • Completed her degree in communication studies in August and now is pursuing a graduate program in kinesiology with concentration in psychology and motor behavior./li>
  • Father (Gary) had a 10-year NFL career as a linebacker with the Kansas City Chiefs (still holds the record as the all-time leading tackler).
  • Sister Tanis is a junior and plays basketball for Southwest Baptist University.
  • Older sister Shalin played basketball at Kansas State.
  • Grandfather, Frosty Westering, played football at Northwestern, coached at Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
  • Uncle, Scott Westering, played football at UCLA and PLU.
  • Also has two other uncles who played college football, an aunt who played college volleyball, two cousins who played college football, another who played volleyball and another cousin played basketball at PLU.


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