#6 Lady Vols Run Past #16 Georgia, 80-51

Jan. 5, 2012

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - #6/7 Tennessee pulled away from #16/15 Georgia with a 32-9 run in the second half before 13,721 fans to post a 80-51 victory at Thompson-Boling Arena on Thursday night. Glory Johnson posted a double-double to lead four players in double-figures. For Johnson, her 22-point, 13-rebound effort was her fourth straight double-double I and sixth this season. The freshman Ariel Massengale nearly notched her first-career double-double as she tied her career-highs with 19 points and 9 assists.

The Lady Vols improved to 11-3 overall and 2-0 in the SEC with its fourth win a row. Georgia suffered just its third loss to stand at 12-3 and 1-1 in the league. The loss ended the Lady Bulldogs four-game win streak.

Tennessee dominated the glass, holding a 52-32 edge on the boards led by Johnson. Vicki Baugh also hauled down 10 to go along with eight points. The Lady Vols' defense was stellar in holding Georgia to just 34.9 percent from the floor including 4-of-21 from 3-point range.

Meighan Simmons scored in double-figures for the seventh game in a row with 10. Shekinna Stricklen tallied 12 for her 12th game of the year with 10 or more.

Tennessee went on a 24-6 run midway through the second half to take 68-42 lead with 7:16 left on Johnson's 3-point play.

The run expanded to 32-9 on a Cierra Burdick putback with a little more than two minutes left in the game, making it 76-45.

The Lady Vols continued to pull away as Johnson converted a fastbreak 3-point play to give UT a 51-36 lead with 13 minutes left in the game. Simmons' 3-pointer with 11:45 left made it a 17-point bulge at 57-40.

Two beautiful fastbreak give-and-gos between Stricklen and Johnson in the final minute gave Tennessee a 36-27 lead at intermission. Massengale had 15 points in the first half to lead all scorers as the Lady Vols shot 52 percent.

Down by as many as 11, Georgia cut the deficit to five on a 3-pointer by Meredith Mitchell with 2:05 left in the first half causing the Lady Vols to call timeout.

Massengale continued her assault on the hoop with a putback lay-up with 3:51 left in the first half as Tennessee took a 30-20 lead.

Vicki Baugh's first basket of the game with 5:41 left in the first half put the Lady Vols up 28-19.

Tennessee opened the game strong, taking a 20-11 lead in the first 8:13 as Massengale made her first four shots including two 3-pointers.

The Lady Vols return to the hardwood on Sunday as Tennessee travels to Arkansas for a 3:30 p.m., match-up that will air on ESPNU and can be heard on the Lady Vol Network.





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