Jan. 3, 2013
TENNESSEE TIDBITS With the victory, #12/13 Tennessee extends its lead in the series, 46-3. They hold a 19-1 record against the Gamecocks away.
South Carolina is the seventh top-25 opponent the Lady Vols have faced this year. They are now 5-2 against top-ranked teams.
FOR STARTERS Today's starters: Taber Spani, Bashaara Graves, Isabelle Harrison, Ariel Massengale and Meighan Simmons.
Simmons is the only Lady Vol to start every game this season.
Simmons was the first to score for Tennessee with a jump shot at 18:15. It is the fourth time this season she has scored the Lady Vols' first bucket of the game.
Jasmine Jones was the first sub of the day for the Lady Vols, checking in at the 15:34 mark.
SPREADING THE OFFENSE AROUND Seven of the nine Lady Vols who saw action tonight scored, with Taber Spani and Isabelle Harrison leading the way with 18 points each.
After shooting over the 50 percent mark in the first half, Tennessee finished the game shooting 50 percent from the field (28-of-56). UT was also 78.6 percent (11-of-14) from the line and 54.5 precent (6-of-11) from the 3-point range.
HARRISON HOLDING IT DOWN Center Isabelle Center finished the SEC opener with a career-best 18 points.
Harrison also hauled down a team-high and career-best 14 rebounds to post the fifth double-double of her career.
Harrison set a new career high with seven blocks. Thursday's game marked the fifth time this season she's had more than three blocks in a game.
Her nine made field goals were also a new personal best.
SPANI MAKING IT RAINY The Lady Vols dominated from beyond the arc Thursday night, combining to shoot 54.5 percent on 3-pointers. Taber Spani led the way for UT with a 4-of-5 effort. Her four made threes tied her career high.
Spani finished the night with a season-best 18 points, which also tied her career high in SEC games.
Spani was 7-of-11 from the floor and also had six boards and two blocks.
STATS AT THE HALF At the half, sophomore Isabelle Harrison led the squad with a SEC-personal best 12 points. Sophomore point guard Ariel Massengale followed with eight points. Five Lady Vols made buckets in the first 20 minutes of play.
Freshman Bashaara Graves led with five of the team's nine boards. Tennessee did not bring down one offensive rebound in the first 20 minutes of action.
Junior guard Meighan Simmons dished out a team-best four assists, while Harrison blocked two South Carolina shots.
The Lady Vols shot 54.5 percent from the field compared to South Carolina's 38.7 percent in the first, but the Gamecocks out-rebounded UT 21-9.
Tennessee went 3-4 from the 3-point line as Taber Spani sunk two treys and Massengale added one. The Lady Vols also shot 83.3 percent from the line as they went 5-6 during the first half.
UP NEXT Tennessee returns home to Rocky Top as the Lady Vols face SEC foe Georgia on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Thompson-Boling Arena. The game will be televised on SportSouth.