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Postgame Notes: #9 Tenneseee 78, UF 75

Jan. 13, 2013

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TENNESSEE TIDBITS

• With the win over the Gators, the Lady Vols remain unbeaten in SEC play and improve to 13-3 on the season, 4-0 in conference play.
• Tennessee ended a 15-game winning streak at home for Florida.
• Tennessee extends its win streak to six games.
• Today's attendance was 2,609.
• The win was Tennessee's first in a game decided by five points or less since Feb. 11, 2010. The Lady Vols had lost four games with a five-point or less margin since that game. That 2010 game was a 61-58 win at Ole Miss.

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.
• Massengale was the first to score for Tennessee as she sank two free throws.
• Freshman Jasmine Jones was the first off the bench for Tennessee.

DANGLING BAIT

• The Lady Vols' snagged three steals from the Gators in the first half and added three more in the second.
• The Lady Vols notched 32 points in the paint to Florida's 28
• Tennessee also scored 13 points off turnovers and 14 points on fast breaks

SPREADING THE OFFENSE

• Junior Meighan Simmons led the team with 27 points, the ninth time this season she has been the Lady Vols' leading scorer.
• Along with Simmons, Graves (17), Massengale (12), and Isabelle Harrison (10) also hit double digits in scoring.
• Tennessee dished out 11 assists on the night. Massengale and Graves led the way with four assists each.

AT THE LINE

• UT enjoyed a major advantage on free throws, going 16-of-22 (72.7 percent) at the charity stripe while the Gators shot just 6-of-14 (46.2 percent).

DOING OK IN OT

• Tennessee is 2-0 in overtime games this season. UT also had an 88-81 overtime victory over Middle Tennessee State.
• Sunday's win was UT's first road overtime victory since defeating Florida, 91-82, on Feb. 3, 2005, in Gainesville.

DOUBLE-DOUBLE FOR GRAVES

• With 17 points and 12 rebounds freshman Bashaara Graves recorded her seventh double-double of the season.

DRAWING CHARGES

• Sophomore Ariel Massengale drew two charges in the game to push her season total to eight.

SCORING SIMMONS

• Simmons recorded her fourth game this season with 20 or more points and 14th of her career as she racked up a team-best 27 points against the Gators.

AT THE HALF

• At the half, Simmons led the scoring effort 17 points.
• Graves was strong in the post with eight points and five boards over 17 first-half minutes.
• Massengale had seven points and three assists before halftime.
• The Gators outrebounded the Lady Vols in the first 20 minutes of action, 20-17.
• The Lady Vols edged Florida in shooting as UT went 15-of-34 (44.1 percent) and UF was 14-of-32 (43.8 percent) in the first half.
• UT tallied 20 points in the paint to UT's 12 in the first half.
• Tennessee led 37-34 at the half. It was the 11th time this season the Lady Vols have led their opponent at the half.

UP NEXT

• Tennessee continues its stint on the road as the team travels to Auburn, Ala., to take on the Tigers Thursday night at 8 p.m.

 

 

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