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Postgame Notes: #12/10 Lady Vols 67, MSU 63

Jan. 16, 2014

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POSTGAME NOTES

THE SERIES

  • Thursday's game marked the 35th all-time meeting between the two programs.
  • The Lady Vols have dominated the series, owning a 35-0 record against the Bulldogs.
  • When playing in Starkville, UT is 16-0.

FOR STARTERS

  • The starting lineup included sophomore Jasmine Jones, junior Isabelle Harrison, freshman Mercedes Russell, junior Ariel Massengale and junior Cierra Burdick.
  • Meighan Simmons' 51-start streak ends, while it is Massengale's 41st consecutive start.
  • It is the first time Tennessee has utilized this lineup this year.
  • Tennessee won the tip for the 16th time this season.
  • Jones scored UT's first bucket of the game with a layup. It is the second time this season she has accounted for Tennessee's first points.
  • Sophomore Bashaara Graves was the first off the bench for UT, the second time this season she's been called up first.

IZZY IN DOUBLE FIGURES AGAIN

  • With 10 points, Isabelle Harrison has scored in double figures in 11 straight games, and 15 times this season.

TEAM STATS

  • Ariel Massengale and Bashaara Graves each had 13 points to lead the team in scoring.
  • Bashaara Graves had 13 points on 4-of-6 shooting from the field and a 5-of-6 night at the stripe and marking her first game in double figures since scoring 11 against Lipscomb (12/29).
  • Massengale bounced back after scoring only two points at Vanderbilt to notch 13 points. It marked her 12th game this season in double figures, and 35th of her career.
  • UT finished the game with 35 team rebounds, compared to Mississippi State's 31. Five Lady Vols (Cierra Burdick, Isabelle Harrison, Mercedes Russell, Bashaara Graves and Andraya Carter) tied for the team lead with five rebounds. Tennessee is 14-2 when outrebounding its opponent. The Lady Vols have only been outrebounded once this season.

OPPONENTS

  • When Tennessee has held its opponents to shooting 40 percent or lower from the field, the Lady Vols have posted a perfect 14-0 record.

PERFECT FROM THE LINE

  • Dating back to the LSU game, Ariel Massengale has been a perfect 22-for-22 from the free throw line. She made her final free throw against the Tigers, then was 10-for-10 at Georgia and 4-for-4 against Ole Miss. She was 7-for-7 against the Bulldogs.
  • Jasmine Jones finished 2-for-2. Bashaara Graves was nearly perfect, going 5-for-6.

OWNING THE GLASS

  • In the first half, the Big Orange outrebounded the Bulldogs, 23-18.
  • UT finished the game with 35 team rebounds, compared to Mississippi State's 31. Five Lady Vols (Cierra Burdick, Isabelle Harrison, Mercedes Russell, Bashaara Graves and Andraya Carter) tied for the team lead with five rebounds. Tennessee is 14-2 when outrebounding its opponent. The Lady Vols have only been outrebounded once this season.

AT THE HALF

  • At the halfway point, the Lady Vols led 26-23 over the Bulldogs. The 23 points allowed was the second-fewest points by an opponent in the first half this season. The lowest is 19 by Tennessee State in the first half.
  • Bashaara Graves had a team-best eight points, while Ariel Massengale followed with six.
  • Mercedes Russell led the squad with four rebounds, while Tennessee outrebounded Mississippi State, 23-18.
  • UT outscored MSU in the paint, 18-12, and notched 10 points from the bench.

UP NEXT

  • The Lady Vols return to Rocky Top as they welcome Notre Dame to Thompson-Boling Arena on Monday for ESPN's Big Monday at 7 p.m. ET.


 

 

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