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Postgame Notes: #11/12 Tennessee 89, Florida 69

Jan. 23, 2014

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THE SERIES & THE WIN

• The Vols are now 15-4 overall, 4-2 SEC. Florida is 13-6 overall, 3-3 in the SEC.
• Tennessee is now 47-3 in the all-time series against Florida
• In Knoxville, the Vols improve to 21-1 in the series
• The Vols have now won 10 in a row against the Gators and five in a row at home

WE BACK PAT

• The SEC and its 14-member institutions are recognizing the third "We Back Pat" Week, focusing on bringing awareness to the Pat Summitt Foundation.
• Thursday's game marked Tennessee's "We Back Pat" night as three local organizations donated a combined $30,000 to the Pat Summitt Foundation.
• Vol Photos Books donated $5,000, Taste of Turkey Creek donated $10,000 and Forget Me Not presented the organization with a $15,000 donation.
• To purchase a "We Back Pat" shirt, as well as autographed and specialty items visit www.patsummitt.org.

FOR STARTERS

• Today's starters: forward Bashaara Graves, forward Cierra Burdick, forward Isabelle Harrison, guard Ariel Massengale and guard Meighan Simmons
• Simmons has now made 111 career starts in 127 games. 11th among active NCAA Division I players.
• Massengale has now started in 43 consecutive games
• The starting lineup has gone 7-0 this season, after winning the first six games straight. The quintet went 4-1 last year together.
• Tennessee won the tip for the 17th time this season.
• Junior Isabelle Harrison scored UT's first bucket of the game with a jumper. It is the seventh time this season she has accounted for Tennessee's first points.
• Freshman Mercedes Russell was the first off the bench for UT, the third time this season she's been called up first.

SIMMONS WATCH

• With 21 points tonight, Meighan Simmons inched toward the No. 9 spot on the UT all-time scoring list.
• Simmons entered the game with 1,736 career points and ranked as the UT No. 10 all-time scorer. She now has 1,757 points, just 14 away from Tanya Haave (1,771 points, 1980-84) and 33 from catching Sheila Frost (1,790 points, 1985-89) in eighth place.
• Simmons also hit the 20+ point mark for the third time this season and 23rd time in her career.

A-MASSENGALE ASSISTS

Ariel Massengale moved into ninth place on the all-time assists lists with her two assists against Florida and now has 430 career assists.
• Massengale entered the game with 428 assists and bypassed Kristen "Ace" Clement (429, 1998-01) on a dish to Bashaara Graves just five minutes into the game.
• Massengale is now 10 assists away from moving up past Dena Head (439, assists 1989-92) and into eighth place.
• Massengale's night came to a quick end when she was hit in the face after a steal and she did not return to the game.

WIRE-TO-WIRE

• After jumping out to a three point lead thanks to an Isabelle Harrison and-one to start the game, the Lady Vols recorded their sixth wire-to-wire victory of the season.
• Tennessee has recorded wire-to-wire wins over SMU, Texas, Troy, Tennessee State, Lipscomb and now Florida.
• Tennessee outrebounded Florida, 38-37. Bashaara Graves and Mercedes Russell led the team with eight boards. Russell tied a career high.
• The Lady Vols tied their season high with 11 steals against the Gators.
• UT forced 19 UF turnovers, notching 26 points off the Gator miscues.
• A technical foul was called on Florida for having six players on the court at one time.

DRAINING THREES

Meighan Simmons racked up five 3-pointers against the Gators, marking her sixth game this season with three or more treys.
• Redshirt freshman Andraya Carter sank three from beyond the arc.
• Sophomore Jasmine Jones drained her two 3-pointers, the first time in her career doing so in a game.
• Tennessee finished one off of their season-high for three-pointers in a game with 10. The Lady Vols recorded 11 vs. Virginia earlier this season

DISHING IT OUT

• The Lady Vols finished the first half with 14 assists on 14 buckets.
Cierra Burdick dished out seven helpers, matching a season high. Her seven assists is also a league-high for the junior.
• While Draya Carter amassed eight assists, a career-high
• Overall, Tennessee recorded 27 assists, the most in SEC play for the Lady Vols this season.

CARTER HIGHS

• Sophomore Andraya Carter finished the game with a season-high 14 points vs. Florida.
• Carter hit double-figures for the fourth time this season and the fifth time in her career.
• The Flowery Branch, Ga., native also dished out a career-best eight assists on the night

AT THE HALF

• The Lady Vols held a 40-27 lead entering the half.
• UT dished out 14 assists on 14 baskets in the first 20 minutes of the game.
Bashaara Graves was a perfect 4-for-4 and 3-for-3 from the free throw line to amass 11 first-half points to go along with two rebounds and two assists.
Mercedes Russell had a team-best five rebounds in the first 20 minutes of action.
Cierra Burdick dished out more than one-third of UT's assists in the first half, accounting for five of UT's 14 helpers.
• The Lady Vols forced 10 Florida turnovers, scoring 18 points off of the Gators' miscues.

UP NEXT

• Tennessee returns to action on Sunday, Jan. 26 making their first trip to College Station for a 4 p.m. tipoff.
• The game vs. the Aggies airs on ESPN2 and can he heard on the Vol Network.
• The Lady Vols are 3-1 all-time vs. Texas A&M and split last season playing at home and in the SEC Tournament in Duluth, Ga.

 

 

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