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Postgame Notes: No. 16 LSU 80, No. 5 Tennessee 77

Jan. 2, 2014

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POSTGAME NOTES

THE SERIES

  • Thursday's game marked the 57th meeting between the two programs.
  • The Lady Vols' loss marked an end to a seven-game winning streak for UT in the series. Tennessee still has a 44-13 advantage overall.
  • When playing in Knoxville, Tennessee owns a 19-3 edge over the Tigers.
  • The loss snapped Tennessee's streak of 14-straight home wins.
  • Tennessee also saw its streak of 16 straight victories in SEC openers snapped.

FOR STARTERS

STORMING BACK

  • Tennessee had five steals in the final four minutes, storming back from a 75-64 deficit to pull within 77-74 with under two minutes remaining.
  • UT was down by as much as 16 points -- its largest deficit of the season. Tennessee previously trailed by as much as 14 vs. Middle Tennessee. If UT had won, it would have been Tennessee's largest deficit overcome since trailing by 20 at the half vs. Rutgers on Jan. 3, 2009.
  • Isabelle Harrison was a BEAST for Tennessee down the stretch, scoring the team's final seven points, before missing a potential game-tying free throw with 16 seconds remaining.
  • Tennessee had one final chance to tie the game as the clock ticked down. Andraya Carter fired up one final shot with time expiring, but her three-pointer from the top of the circle rimmed out.

PARKER'S BANNER UNVEILED

  • Prior to tipoff, former Lady Vol Candace Parker had her banner unveiled as her jersey was retired. Her banner is the seventh honoring a member of the Lady Vol program.
  • Candace Parker's No. 3 jersey was the first Lady Vol jersey retired since UT retired Tamika Catchings No. 24 on Dec. 7, 2003.

SEC OPENERS

  • Before tonight's loss, Tennessee had won 16-straight SEC openers, and nine in a row at home.
  • All-time in league openers, UT is 29-6 with a 14-3 mark at home in the conference game of the season.
  • Head Coach Holly Warlick is 1-1 in SEC openers.
  • The last SEC opener Tennessee lost was to Georgia, 94-93, in overtime at home on Dec. 8, 1996.

FIVE MILLION FANS

  • A total of 14,437 fans were in attendance tonight, marking the first time UT eclipsed the 14,000 fan mark since Feb. 26, 2012 when UT defeated UF in front of 18,563 fans.
  • Tennessee is now 3,796 fans away from hitting 5 million fans overall in home attendance throughout the program's history.

MASS PASS

  • Ariel Massengale finished the game with a double-double, posting 10 points and 12 assists. It was her second of the year and third of her career.
  • Massengale entered the game with 394 career assists and now has 406 for her career.
  • Massengale finished the game with 12 assists, marking the 12th time this season, of 13 games, she has dished out five or more helpers in a game.
  • With her 12 assists against LSU, she now has 406 career assists, and is 16 away from breaking into the top-10 chart. Loree Moore had 422 career assists to hold down the 10th spot.
  • Her 12 assists marked the second time this season she has handed out 10 or more helpers. She had 13 against Virginia on Nov. 28 in the Junkanoo Jam.

SIMMONS IN THE BOOKS

  • Senior Meighan Simmons opened the first half going a perfect 4-for-4 from beyond the arc. She finished the game 4-of-6 from the 3-point range, and moved into third on UT's all-time 3-point field goal attempts with 620.

OWNING THE GLASS

  • In the first half, LSU out-rebounded the Lady Vols, 24-19. Tennessee came back in the second half to finish with a 47-33 dvantage on the boards.
  • Sophomore Jasmine Jones and Isabelle Harrison led the team with 10 boards each.

HARRISON AT IT AGAIN

  • Harrison registerd 26 points and 10 rebounds to mark her fifth-straight double-double and her sixth this season.

UP NEXT

  • The Lady Vols travel to Athens, Ga., to take on Georgia for 4 p.m. ET contest on Sunday, Jan. 5.


 

 

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