Jan. 6, 2013
THE SERIES With the win over Georgia, the Lady Vols extend their lead in the series to a 45-15 advantage. At home against the Bulldogs, UT is 19-4.
Today's attendance was 12,319.
FOR STARTERS Today's starters: freshman Bashaara Graves, senior Taber Spani, sophomore Isabelle Harrison, sophomore Ariel Massengale and junior Meighan Simmons.
Simmons is the only Lady Vol to start every game this season.
Spani was the first to score for the Lady Vols with a lay-up. It was the first time this season Spani has made UT's first bucket.
Senior Kamiko Williams was the first off the bench for Tennessee.
CATCHING THE DOGS The Lady Vols' win over Georgia marks the squad's first victory over a top-10 opponent this season. Tennessee is now 6-2 against ranked opponents this year.
It is the first time UT has beat a top-10 team since defeating No. 10 Kentucky last year, 91-54 at home.
SPREADING THE OFFENSE Freshman Bashaara Graves led the scoring effort with 23 points.
Along with Graves, Meighan Simmons (16), Jasmine Jones (12) and Taber Spani (11) also hit double digits in scoring.
The Lady Vols notched 38 points in the paint to Georgia's 22, while scoring 14 points off the bench.
Tennessee dished out 22 assists. The most helpers the Lady Vols have racked up in a game this season is 24 against Rice.
SECOND HALF DOMINANCE The Lady Vols have thrived in the rebounding department in the second half of the last two games. The Lady Vols enjoyed a 28-9 second-half rebounding edge over the Lady Bulldogs on Sunday. UT out rebounded USC 30-19 after halftime.
Second-half surges have been key for UT in the first two SEC games of the season. In the second half against South Carolina and Georgia, the Lady Vols have out scored their opponents 80-46. SEC opponents have shot just 24.6 percent from the floor in the second half (17-of-69).
Tennessee used three 9-0 runs in the second half to seize command of the game.
HOLLY'S HALFTIME HOWLING The Lady Vols trailed by two at halftime, 42-40, before exploding on a 9-0 run to start the second half.
Tennessee held Georgia scoreless for nearly five minutes, as the Lady Bulldogs didn't make a bucket until 15:23 mark.
FRESHMEN FIRE Freshman Bashaara Graves led the scoring effort with 23 points, her 12th time this season notching 10 or more points in a game. She was a perfect 4-4 from the line in the first half and rounded out the game 7-of-7 from the charity stripe.
Graves' 23 points are the most by a UT freshman since Meighan Simmons scored 23 vs. Stanford on Dec. 19, 2010. It was also her second 20-point scoring performance.
Freshman teammate Jasmine Jones played 11 minutes in the first half, grabbing a team-leading four rebounds in the first 20 minutes of action. She set a new career high with 12 points. Jones has now scored 10 points three times this season.
SIMMONS SHINES IN RECORD BOOK With Meighan Simmons 16 points against Georgia, she surpassed Paula Towns on UT's all-time scoring list, as she now has 1,119, ranking her 31st.
SPANI HEATING UP With 11 points against Georgia to follow an 18-point effort vs. South Carolina, Taber Spani has had double-figure scoring in back-to-back games for the second time this season. She previously scored 10 points vs. UNC and 15 points vs. Texas.
AT THE HALF At the end of the first 20 minutes of action, the Lady Vols trailed by two points, 42-40.
Freshman Bashaara Graves had a team-best 12 points in the first half, notching her 12th game this season with 10 or more points. She went a perfect 4-4 from the line.
Freshman Jasmine Jones grabbed a team-leading four rebounds, while sophomore Isabelle Harrison denied one Georgia shot for UT's only block of the first half.
Sophomore Ariel Massengale and junior Meighan Simmons each dished out three assists, combining for half of UT's 12 assists in the first half.
Tennessee scored 20 points in the paint in the first half, while Georgia collected 18 in the lane.
The Lady Bulldogs outrebounded the Lady Vols 20-18. UT forced four Georgia turnovers while giving up seven.
UP NEXT Tennessee welcomes new SEC member Missouri to Thompson-Boling Arena Thursday, Jan. 10, for a 8 p.m. contest on SportSouth and ESPN3.