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Postgame Notes: Tennessee 85, Georgia 70

Jan. 5, 2014

Recap |  Box Score

THE SERIES

-Sunday's game marked the 60th meeting all-time between Tennessee and Georgia. For the 50th time, both programs are ranked entering the game.
-The Lady Vols improves their lead in the all-time series to 46-15, with a 13-8 mark at Stegeman Colesium.
-UT has won the last six straight in the series.

SEC ON THE ROAD

-Tennessee has won its first SEC road game five consecutive seasons.

FOR STARTERS

-The starting lineup included sophomore Jasmine Jones, junior Isabelle Harrison, freshman Mercedes Russell, junior Ariel Massengale and senior Meighan Simmons.
-It is the second time UT has utilized that starting five, and the Big Orange is now 2-0 with the quintet. Tennessee also started the five against Texas on Dec. 8.
-Freshman Mercedes Russell scored the Big Orange's first bucket with a jumper. It is the first time this season she has scored UT's first bucket of the game.

AGAINST THE RANKS

-The Lady Vols faced their fourth ranked foe of the season, having faced #12/11 North Carolina, #6/5 Stanford and #16 LSU.
-Holly Warlick is 9-8 against ranked teams, and 2-2 this season.

THAT GIRL IS ON FIRE

-Junior center Isabelle Harrison has posted double-doubles in the last six straight games, and now has a team-leading seven this season for an overall total of 13 during her career.
-With Harrison's 18 points against Georgia, she has now hit double figures in scoring in the last eight straight games and in 12 of UT's 14 games this season.

 

 

MASS PASS

-Entering Sunday's matchup, junior point guard Ariel Massengale had 406 career assists, 16 shy of breaking into Tennessee's all-time top 10.
-Massengale dished out two assists against the Lady Bulldogs
-She also hit double figures for the 10th time this season with a game-high 28 points, setting a career-high. Massengale hit double figures using just free throws as she was a perfect 10-for-10 on the day.

SIMMONS MOVES UP THE CHARTS

-Senior guard Meighan Simmons enters the Georgia game with 1,668 career points. With her 11 points today, she moves up to No. 12 on UT's all-time career points chart with 1,679 career points, surpassing Shyra Ely (1,673).
-She has hit double figures in scoring in 10 of the last 11 games.

OFFENSE ON POINT

-Tennessee finished the game shooting 45.5 (25-55), compared to Georgia's 39.7 (25-63).
-Junior Ariel Massengale led the team with 28 points, setting a career-high, while junior Isabelle Harrison followed with 18 points.
-Both Harrison and Massengale were perfect from the free throw line as Harrison went 8-for-8, while Massengale was 10-for-10.
-Redshirt freshman Andraya Carter was 2-for-2 from the three-point range, matching a season high.
-From the free throw strip, Tennessee was 30-for-33, shooting a season high 90.9%. The previous high this season was 85.7% against Oakland. The 30 free throws made was also a season high for the Lady Vols.

AT THE HALF

-Tennessee led 40-28 at the halfway point.
-Junior Isabelle Harrison led the team with 18 points, shooting 5-for-7 from the field and a perfect 8-for-8 from the line. Harrison had a team-leading six rebounds at the halfway mark.
-UT outrebounded the Lady Bulldogs, 19-14, in the first half, while also forcing nine Georgia turnovers.
-The Lady Vols shot 52.4% (11-21) from the field compared to Georgia's 35.3% (12-34). The Lady Bulldogs had more shot attempts than Tennessee during the first half and still trailed by 12.

UP NEXT

-Tennessee returns to Rocky Top to play host to Ole Miss at 7 p.m. ET on Thurs., Jan. 9.
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