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Postgame Notes: #9 Kentucky 61, #6 Tennessee 60



Jan. 12, 2012

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Numbers of Interest
3: Tonight's sellout at Memorial Coliseum marks the third Lady Vol game this season that was sold out. The other two contests were games at Rutgers and UCLA.

20: The Lady Vols turned the ball over 20 times against the Wildcats -- the third-highest giveaway total of the season. UT turned the ball over 24 times at UVa.

36: The loss ends the streak of UT's recent successes in the Southeastern Conference; the Lady Vols won 36 consecutive games in the SEC prior to tonight's loss.

60: Tennessee scored 60 total points against the Wildcats, their lowest season total in 2011-12. The previous season low was 64 points in the loss at Virginia (11/20).

120: Lady Vol senior Shekinna Stricklen has the nation's longest starting streak. Including today, Stricklen has started 120 consecutive games.

To Note
The Series
• With the loss Tennessee moves to 48-8 in the all-time series versus Kentucky dating back to the 1975-76 season. Tennessee has won 16 of the last 19 meetings against the Wildcats despite the loss.
• The loss ends the streak of UT's recent successes in the Southeastern Conference; the Lady Vols won 36 consecutive games in the SEC prior to tonight's loss.

For Starters
• Today's starters: senior Glory Johnson, senior Alicia Manning, senior Shekinna Stricklen, sophomore Meighan Simmons and freshman Ariel Massengale.
• This is the sixth consecutive game in which the Lady Vols have taken to the court with this starting five. They sport a 5-1 record with those five lining up for the opening tip.

Stricklen Start Streak
• Lady Vol senior Shekinna Stricklen has the nation's longest starting streak. Including today, Stricklen has started 120 consecutive games.

Chalk Talk At the Half
• The Lady Vols trailed at halftime for just the second time this season (25-21). They have led in 12 contests and were tied at the break in the other two games.
• Tennessee is now 0-2 when they trail going into the locker room.
• The only other game in which UT trailed at the half was the Nov. 27 loss to the No. 1 Baylor Lady Bears.
• Tennessee scored 21 points in the first half, a season low for the Lady Vols. The previous season-low mark came Nov. 20 when UT scored 29 in the first half versus Virginia.
• The Lady Vols shot 28.1 percent from the floor in the opening 20 minutes -- the second-worst first-half effort on the year. UT shot 25 percent in the first half in the loss to Baylor (11/27).
• Big Orange leading scorers Shekinna Stricklen and Glory Johnson combined for only eight points in the first half while committing seven turnovers.

Turnover Troubles
• The Lady Vols struggled to take care of the basketball versus Kentucky, committing 20 giveaways versus the Wildcats.
• Tennessee committed 24 turnovers in the loss at Virginia Nov. 20.

Rally vs. the Cats
• Tennessee trailed by as many as 12 points versus the Wildcats with the score 50-38 with 7:46 remaining.
• The Lady Vols worked back against UK, knotting the score at 54. The Orange and White took the advantage at 57-56 -- its first advantage since leading 20-19.

Tennessee Tidbits
Glory Goes Hard
• Johnson led the Tennessee scoring effort with 17 points against Kentucky.
• Her streak of five-consecutive double-doubles was snapped in Lexington, as she pulled down seven boards against UK.

Baugh off the Bench
• Baugh came off the bench to put up 16 points for Tennessee.
• She fell one rebound shy of a double-double in the loss, pulling down nine boards in 29 minutes.

Miko Sees Minutes
Kamiko Williams logged a season-high 17 minutes against Kentucky.
• She struggled from the floor (2-of-8), but came up with two steals for the Lady Vols in her time on the floor.

All Aboard
• All 10 available Lady Vols saw action for Tennessee for the fourth consecutive game.

On the Horizon Approaching 1,100 Wins
• Seventeen more wins will put Summitt at her next victory milestone: 1,100 wins.

Up Next
• The Lady Vols return home for the only Sunday game in the month of January in Thompson-Boling Arena, hosting in-state rival #24/21 Vanderbilt Jan. 15.
• The Lady Vols will then play host to LSU. The Jan. 19 contest will be aired by CSS.

 

 

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