Postgame Notes: No. 9 Tennessee 83, Vanderbilt 75

Jan. 24, 2013

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• With the win over Vanderbilt, the Lady Vols improve to 7-0 in the SEC and 16-3 overall.
• Tennessee is remaining unbeaten team in the SEC.
• The Lady Vols extend their lead in the series to 61-8 over the Lady Commodores, and 24-6 when playing on the road against VU.
• The Lady Vols snapped an eight-game home win streak the Commodores held entering tonight's game.
• The Lady Vols led the whole game
• Today's attendance was 10,154.


• 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.
• Harrison drained Tennessee's first bucket for the fifth time this year as she swished a jump shot to start the game.
• Senior Kamiko Williams and freshman Jasmine Jones were the first off the bench for Tennessee.


Taber Spani led the scoring effort with 24 points.
• Two other Lady Vols hit the double digit mark, Meighan Simmons also scored 20+ points with 23,while Bashaara Graves put up 16 points on the night.
• It was Simmons' sixth game this season with 20 or more points and Spani's first of the season.
• It also marked the second time this season that Spani led the Lady Vols in scoring.
• Tennessee dished out 14 assists, with Ariel Massengale leading the way with six helpers.


• With senior Taber Spani's 24 points against the Lady Commodores, she has now scored in double figures in six of the last seven games (Vanderbilt, 24; Alabama, 14; Auburn, 12; Missouri, 11; Georgia, 11; South Carolina, 18).
• It was her first 20-point game this season and fourth of her career.
• Spani has scored in double figures in nine games this season.


• With her three 3-pointers tonight, junior guard Meighan Simmons hit two or more three-pointers for the fifth time in the last six games.
• It was her 11th time this season with two or more treys.
• Senior Taber Spani was also 3-for-5 on the night hitting two or more threes for the fourth time this season.
• The Lady Vols ended the game with six threes after making only one against Alabama.


• With her 23 points, Simmons moved past Abby Conklin into 28th (1,232 pts) on the all-time scoring leaders list.


Meighan Simmons, Ariel Massengale and Taber Spani were perfect from the line in tonight's game with Simmons and Massengale going 6-for-6, while Spani was 5-for-5.
• Spani has not missed a free throw since Nov. 18.
• Down the stretch, the Lady Vols were perfect from the line inside two minutes with Massangale and Spani going 4-for-4, while Simmons was 2-for-2.


• Head coach emeritus Pat Summitt made only her second road appearance this season at Vanderbilt. She was also in attendance at Chattanooga in the season opener.
• Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam was also in attendance, sitting next to Summitt.


• At the half, UT led 41-29 over the Lady Commodores, the 13th time this season the Lady Vols have been ahead at the halfway mark.
• Spani led the squad with 15 points at the half, while Simmons added 10.
• Harrison grabbed a team-best six rebounds in the first 20 minutes of action.
• UT outrebounded VU 30-23, while also outscoring the Lady Commodores in the paint 16-12.
• UT shot 44.7 from the field while VU was 25.6 in the first half.
• Spani was 3-4 in threes and Simmons was 2-3 as the Lady Vols shot 62.5 percent in 3FG in the first 20 minutes of play.
• The Lady Vols gave up seven turnovers while forcing four.
• Simmons dished out three of UT's seven assists in the first half.


• Tennessee returns to Rocky Top as the Lady Vols face No. 2 Notre Dame on Big Monday, Jan. 28. The game will be broadcast on ESPN2.





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