Jan. 10, 2013
TENNESSEE TIDBITS With the win over Missouri, the Lady Vols remain unbeaten in SEC play and improve to 12-3 on the season, 3-0 in conference play.
UT remained undefeated against Missouri improving to 4-0 in the series, 2-0 at home and earning their first official SEC win over the Tigers.
Tennessee extends it's win streak to five games.
The Lady Vols earned their fifth wire-to-wire win of the season, jumping out to a 3-0 lead behind a Meighan Simmons 3-pointer at 19:39 in the first half.
Today's attendance was 10,967.
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.
Simmons drained Tennessee's first bucket for the fifth time this year as she swished a three to start the game.
Freshman Jasmine Jones was the first off the bench for Tennessee.
TOYING WITH THE TIGERS The Lady Vols' kept Mizzou to a 19.4 shooting percentage in the first half, the lowest UT has held an opponent to shooting in the first 20 minutes of play all year.
The shooting percentage is the lowest in SEC play since Mississippi State shot 14.7 percent in the first half (5-34) on Feb. 16, 2012.
Missouri finished with a 19.7 shooting percentage (13-66), the lowest of the season for a Tennessee opponent and the lowest since the Razorbacks shot 18.2 percent against the Lady Vols on Jan. 8, 2012.
Tonight's +45 margin of victory was the largest since a 65 point win over Alabama on Jan. 6, 2011.
SPREADING THE OFFENSE Junior Meighan Simmons led the team with 18 points on the night, the eighth time this season she has been the Lady Vols' leading scorer.
Along with Simmons, Graves (16) Harrison (12) and Spani (11) also hit double digits in scoring. Spani has hit double-digits the last three games.
The Lady Vols notched 40 points in the paint to Missouri's six, while outscoring the Tigers 24-5 in points off turnovers and 22-0 in second chances.
Tennessee dished out 16 assists on the night. Massengale, with five assists on the night, has dished out five or more assists in seven games this season.
Aiding her in the distribution was Kamiko Williams who notched four assists.
The Lady Vols outrebounded the Tigers by a 57-49 margin.
HARRISON HALTS THE COMPETITION Sophomore Isabelle Harrison grabbed 10 rebounds in the first 20 minutes of action.
Harrison finished the game with a career-high 15 rebounds, as she recorded her sixth career double-double. (12 points, 15 rebounds). Harrison's previous career high was 14 rebounds at South Carolina (1/3/13).
SIMMONS RISES IN RECORD BOOK With Meighan Simmons 18 points against Missouri, she surpassed Lea Henry (1,128) and Lisa Harrison (1,135) on UT's all-time scoring list, as she now has 1,137, ranking her 29th among all Lady Vol scorers.
MOORE PERFECT Nia Moore's two free throws made kept her perfect from the line in 2012. (8-for-8).
EYE OF THE TIGER Morgan Eye loves to shoot 3s. She went 11-of-18 from behind the arc in her last time out, following that up with a 6-for-17 effort tonight.
Eye's 17 3FG attempts is a Thompson-Boling Arena record for most 3-point field goals attempted by any team. The previous record was 15 attempted by UConn's Ann Strother on 1/7/06.
Mizzou's 36 3FG attempts is the most by any team at TBA. The previous opponent high was 34 attempts by Georgia on 2/21/11, while a Tennessee team has only attempted 30 field goals in TBA, vs. Arkansas on Jan. 4, 2008.
AT THE HALF At the half, sophomore Isabelle Harrison and junior Meighan Simmons led the scoring effort with nine points apiece. Harrison grabbed a team-best 11 rebounds in the first 20 minutes of action.
Sophomore point guard Ariel Massengale and senior guard Kamiko Williams each dished out four assists, combining for two-thirds of UT's 12 assists in the first half.
UT outrebounded the Tigers 28-22 in the first half, the highest boards for the Lady Vols in the first 20 minutes of action this season. The previous high was 27 against Georgia Tech and Davidson.
The Lady Vols held Mizzou to shooting 19.4 percent from the field, the lowest first half shooting percentage by an opponent this season. The previous low was Miami's 20 percent.
Tennessee led 48-21 at the half, marking the largest lead of the season at the half with 27 points. It was also the second highest first half total this year, following one point behind UT's 49 points against North Carolina.
It marked the greatest halftime lead and most halftime points scored for the Lady Vols in SEC play since a 58-22 lead over Alabama on 1/6/11 (+36). The Lady Vols went on to win 110-45.
UP NEXT Tennessee hits the road as the Lady Vols travel to the Sunshine State for an 11:30 a.m. ET contest at Florida.