Jan. 1, 2012
Numbers of Interest
4: Four Lady Vols posted double-digit scoring efforts against Auburn: Simmons (20), Stricklen (17), Johnson (14) and Manning (10).
9: The Lady Vols held Auburn to a total of nine offensive rebounds in the game though the Tigers had 32 opportunities to take advantage of the offensive glass.
11: With 17 points against Auburn, Stricklen put up her 11th double-digit scoring effort against Auburn after missing the mark for the first time in 2011-12 against ODU.
34: The Big Orange has now won 34 consecutive Southeastern Conference contests. With the win, the Lady Vols go to 3-0 in games played Jan. 1.
90.3: UT hit a season-high 90.3% of their free throw attempts against Auburn, going 28-31 from the charity stripe in the win.
With the win Tennessee moves to 35-10 in the all-time series versus Auburn dating back to the 1979-80 season.
The triumph adds to UT's recent successes against AU; the Lady Vols have won 27 of the last 30 meetings between the Southeastern Conference foes.
Today's starters: senior Glory Johnson, senior Alicia Manning, senior Shekinna Stricklen, sophomore Meighan Simmons and freshman Ariel Massengale.
This is the second game in which the Lady Vols have taken to the court with this starting five. They sport a 2-0 record with those five lining up for the opening tip.
Tennessee is now 28-5 in SEC openers dating back to the 1979-80 season.
The Orange and White has not dropped a conference opener since 1996 when Georgia topped UT 94-93 in overtime in Knoxville.
Stricklen Start Streak
Lady Vol senior Shekinna Stricklen has the nation's longest starting streak. Including today, Stricklen has started 116 consecutive games.
At the Half
The Lady Vols led at halftime for the ninth time this season. They have trailed in one contest and were tied at the break in the other two games.
Tennessee is now 9-0 when they lead going into the locker room.
Tennessee led the board game for the eighth time in 2011-12, pulling down 49 boards to Auburn's 31 rebounds.
The Lady Vols converted second chance opportunities to the tune of 30 points; on the season they have tallied 202 second chance points while surrendering 152 to opponents.
Still Smooth Criminals
UT came away with12 takeaways against Auburn after tallying a season-high 16 steals Wednesday against Old Dominion.
Johnson and Stricklen led Tennessee in thefts, recording three steals each in the win.
Tennessee scored 27 points off Auburn turnovers.
Better After the Break
UT took a two-point lead into intermission despite shooting 29.4% from the floor -- the second-worst mark of the season behind a 25.0% effort in the loss to Baylor (11/27).
The Lady Vols made adjustments after the break, coming back to shoot 35.5% from the floor in the second half and finish at 32.3% (21-65) for the game.
Not a Threat From Three
Tennessee shot only 18.8% from beyond the arc against Auburn, hitting 3-of-16 trey attempts in the game.
The effort marked the second-worst 3FG percentage of the season, only besting an 0-5 performance in the win over DePaul at Madison Square Garden (12/11).
Feeling the Free Throws
The Lady Vols hit 28 of 31 (90.3%) free throw attempts against Auburn -- a season-best -- recovering from early-season charity stripe woes.
Lady Vols Lookin' Good
Simmons Sinks `Em
Meighan Simmons led UT in scoring as she put up a season- and personal SEC-high 20 points against the Tigers on 6-15 shooting in the win.
She also set season and SEC-high marks with seven free throws, topping her previous bests of five FTs.
Johnson put up a double-double for the second-consecutive game and fifth of the season, pushing her career total to 27.
She put up 14 points and pulled down 13 rebounds in the winning effort for the Lady Vols.
Stricklen returned to her double-digit scoring ways against Auburn, putting up 17 points against the Tigers on 5-18 shooting in the win.
In addition to her performance from the floor, she was a perfect 5-5 from the free throw line. She tallied three assists and three steals in the performance.
On the Horizon
Approaching 1,100 Wins
Twenty more wins will put Summitt at her next victory milestone: 1,100 Ws.
Glory Johnson needs 41 rebounds to reach the 1,000 career boards plateau, making her the fourth in school history to tally 1,000 pts. and 1,000 reb.
UT returns home for a pair of games against Chattanooga Jan. 3 and Georgia Jan. 5 in Thompson-Boling Arena before hitting the road again for a contest at Arkansas Jan. 8.