Jan. 20, 2013
THE SERIES With the win over Alabama, the Lady Vols improve to 6-0 in the SEC and 15-3 overall.
The Lady Vols extend their lead in the series to 46-2 over the Crimson Tide, and 20-0 when playing at home.
Today's attendance was 12,512, the second largest crowd at Thompson-Boling Arena this season.
39 STRAIGHT AGAINST ALABAMA UT extended its winning streak vs. Alabama to 39 consecutive games. That is tied for the second-longest active conference winning streak in the nation.
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.
Graves drained Tennessee's first bucket for the third time this year as she swished a jump shot to start the game.
Freshman Jasmine Jones was the first off the bench for Tennessee.
SPREADING THE OFFENSE Freshman Bashaara Graves led the scoring effort with 19 points.
Along with Graves, Meighan Simmons (16), Isabelle Harrison (14), Taber Spani (14) and Jasmine Jones (14) also hit double digits in scoring.
UT has had five players in double figures four times this season (Six vs. Texas, Alcorn and five vs. UNC, Bama).
The Lady Vols notched 50 points in the paint to Alabama's 32, while scoring 25 points off the bench.
Tennessee dished out 23 assists, which was the second most of the season. UT had 24 assists in its win over Rice.
All nine Lady Vols who saw playing time scored.
I LOVE THE 90's Tennessee's 96 points marked the fifth time this year the Lady Vols have scored 90 or more points this year.
UT's 96 points were its most in an SEC game since a 110-45 home win over Alabama on Jan. 6, 2011.
`BASH'ING THE COMPETITION Freshman Bashaara Graves went a perfect 6-for-6 from the field in the first half, totaling a team-leading 13 points. She rounded out the game going 9-of-11 from the field and tallied 19 points.
She also hauled down eight rebounds.
SPANI SEES DOUBLE With senior Taber Spani's 14 points against the Crimson Tide, she has now scored in double figures in five of the last six games (Auburn, 12; Missouri, 11; Georgia, 11; South Carolina, 18).
JONES HAS FOR A CAREER HIGH Jasmine Jones scored a career-high 14 points.
Jones registered a career-high four blocks. She had all of three the entire season entering the game.
SIMMONS ON THE BOARDS Meighan Simmons coralled six rebounds in the win, an SEC best for her. Her previous high was five, most recently against Missouri.
AND-1 Three Lady Vols made 3-point plays against Alabama as Bashaara Graves, Taber Spani and Jasmine Jones all recorded and-1s. Spani had two such plays.
UPPING THE FIELD In the first 20 minutes of action, freshman Bashaara Graves and sophomore Isabelle Harrison combined for a perfect 10-for-10 from the field as Graves went 6-for-6 and Harrison was 4-for-4.
The Lady Vols shot 62.9 percent (22-35) from the field, marking the best shooting percentage in the first 20 minutes of play this season. It is the second-best shooting percentage of any half this year, following shooting 65.7 percent against Rice in the second half.
AT THE HALF At the half, UT led 49-35, tying the most first-half points this season which the Lady Vols also had against UNC. Freshman Bashaara Graves and sophomore Isabelle Harrison were perfect from the field in the first 20 minutes of action as Graves went 6-for-6 and Harrison was 4-for-4.
Graves led the team in scoring with 13 points while Harrison added 10.
Graves also led the rebounding efforts grabbing five, while freshman Jasmine Jones grabbed the next best with four.
UT outrebounded the Crimson Tide 23-17 in the first 20 minutes of play.
The Lady Vols shot 62.9 percent (22-35) from the field, the best shooting output for UT in the first half this year.
UT tallied 22 points in the paint to Bama's 14 in the first half, while scoring nine points off the Crimson Tide's five turnovers.
UP NEXT Tennessee travels west on I-40 as UT takes on RV/RV Vanderbilt Thursday night at Memorial Gymnasium at 9 p.m. ET.