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5 Million Fans & A Win; UT Beats OM, 94-70



Jan. 9, 2014

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The eighth-ranked Lady Vols returned to their winning ways at home with a dominating 94-70 victory over Ole Miss on Thursday night. Tennessee improved to 13-2 overall and 2-1 in the league after seeing its 15-game home court win streak come to an end in its last home contest.

Coming off a career-high 28 points, Ariel Massengale tallied a game-high 23 points, giving her the two highest scoring games of her career. She also grabbed a career-high seven rebounds.

Junior Isabelle Harrison posted her school-record seventh consecutive double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. She breaks the record she shared with Daedra Charles, who had six double-doubles in a row late in the 1990-91 season.

Redshirt freshman Andraya Carter scored 12 of her 14 points in the first half. Meighan Simmons also added 12.

Tennessee has now won 25 games in a row against Ole Miss.

Ole Miss (9-7, 0-2 SEC) was held without a double-figure scorer as four Rebels scored nine points: Shequilla Joseph, Diara Moore, Gracie Frizzell and Amber Singletary.

The last time a Lady Vols' foe didn't have a double-figure scorer was Alcorn State, last season on Nov. 25, 2012.

The night was also a special one as the Lady Vols welcomed their 5 millionth all-time fan to watch a home game. 29-year old school teacher Amanda Humphrey of Hampton, Tenn., walked through the gates at Thompson-Boling Arena shortly before 7 p.m. She was met with a celebration featuring balloons, a signed Holly Warlick basketball, 2014-15 season tickets and other prizes.

The crowd of 10,382 increased Tennessee's all-time home attendance to 5,006,586.

NCAA spokesman Rick Nixon said earlier in the week it's a "safe assumption" that Tennessee is the first women's program to reach the 5 million mark based on the Lady Vols' attendance history, but there isn't a way to officially verify that because the NCAA doesn't measure each school's all-time cumulative attendance.

After Ole Miss scored the game's opening basket, the Lady Vols took control of the game and never trailed again. Tennessee used a 19-6 run to take its first double-figure lead eight minutes into the action.

The Rebels got within seven points (26-19) with 6:44 left in the first half on a jumper by Joseph, but Tennessee scored six of the next eight points to regain a double-figure lead at 32-21 on a jumper by Simmons with 4:30 left.

Tennessee led 45-29 at halftime. Massengale and Carter each scored a dozen points in the first half. For Carter, it was her first game in double-figures since the second contest of the season (10 at North Carolina).

A 3-pointer by Massengale with 13:16 left in regulation gave the Lady Vols their first 20-plus point lead at 63-41. That finished off a 12-2 spurt which put the game out of hand.

Tennessee had another run of 14-2 to move the margin to 27 points a 77-50 with 6:30 left.

The Lady Vols out rebounded Ole Miss, 56-40 and dominated points in the paint, 50-32.

Tennessee returns to action on Sunday as the Lady Vols travel to Vanderbilt for a matchup that will air on ESPN. The game tips just after 5 p.m. ET/4 p.m. CT, an hour later than the originally scheduled time.

 

 

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