Jan. 17, 2013
TENNESSEE TIDBITS With the win over the Lady Tigers, the Lady Vols remain unbeaten in SEC play and improve to 14-3 overall and 5-0 in Southeastern Conference play.
Tennessee ended a nine-game home winning streak for Auburn by handing the Lady Tigers their first loss at home this season. It is the third time this season the Lady Vols have ended an opponents' home win streak (Miami, 41; Florida, 15; Auburn, 9).
Tennessee extends its win streak to seven games, a mark that matches last season's longest winning stretch. The Lady Vols won seven games between Senior Day (Feb. 6, 2012) and the Elite Eight loss to Baylor (March 26, 2012)
Tonight's attendance at Auburn Arena was 3,312.
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 was the first to score for Tennessee with a jump shot.
Freshman Jasmine Jones and senior Kamiko Williams were the first off the bench for Tennessee.
RALLY TIME The Lady Vols trailed the Lady Tigers by 12 points with 14:29 remaining in the second half and came back to win, 75-66.
The comeback matches a season-high, as Tennessee rallied from 12 down to beat MTSU, 88-80, in overtime earlier this season (Nov. 28, 2012).
UT came back from a 16-point deficit in last season's NCAA Sweet 16 matchup against Kansas to advance to the Elite Eight.
SPREADING THE OFFENSE Junior Meighan Simmons led the team with 29 points (10-of-14), the 10th time this season she has been the Lady Vols' leading scorer.
It's the guard's fifth 20-point scoring performance of the season and the 15th of her career.
In terms of scoring, it's the best back-to-back performance of Simmons' career after netting 27 in an overtime win at Florida.
Simmons scored 18 of her 29 points in the second half tonight.
Along with Simmons, Spani (12 pts.) and Massengale (11 pts.) also hit double digits in scoring.
It was the seventh double-digit scoring effort for Spani and Massengale this season.
Bashaara Graves and Isabelle Harrison led the Lady Vols in rebounding with 11 boards each.
SIMMONS MOVES UP IN THE RECORD BOOKS Junior Meighan Simmons' four 3-pointers against Auburn moved her into sixth on UT's all-time chart for 3-point field goals made at 149.
Simmons, who came into the game with 438 career 3-point attempts, now ranks fifth on 3-point field goal attempts with 444 in her career.
SPANI TO THE LINE Senior Taber Spani went 3-for-3 from the free throw line at Auburn. She has not missed from the charity stripe since Nov. 18 at Miami.
Spani is 14-for-14 from the line since the game against the Hurricanes.
REBOUND BATTLE Led by Harrison and Graves, the Lady Vols won the battle on the boards, 37-33, against the Lady Tigers.
The Lady Vols now improve to 11-1 on the season in games when they out-board their opponents.
AT THE HALF At the half, Simmons led the scoring effort 11 points.
Graves was strong in the post with six boards over 19 first-half minutes. Harrison followed with five rebounds as the pair made up for 11 of UT's 19 rebounds at the half.
The Lady Tigers outrebounded the Lady Vols in the first 20 minutes of action, 22-19.
Auburn edged Tennessee in shooting as UT went 10-30 (33.3 percent) and UA was 13-33 (39.4 percent) in the first half.
Auburn tallied 16 points in the paint to UT's two during the first 20 minutes of action.
Tennessee trailed at the half, 32-27. It was the fifth time this season the Lady Vols have been down at the half way mark.
UP NEXT Tennessee returns home as the Lady Vols face Alabama Sunday, Jan. 20, in a 1 p.m. contest at Thompson-Boling Arena. The game will be UT's "We Back Pat" game, ending "We Back Pat" week.