Jan. 26, 2014
THE SERIES & THE WIN The Vols are now 16-4 overall, 5-2 SEC. Texas A&M is 16-5 overall, 6-1 in the SEC.
Tennessee is now 4-1 in the all-time series against the Aggies.
Sunday's contest marked the first trip to College Station for the Lady Vols. UT is now 1-0 when playing in Reed Arena
Tennessee hands Texas A&M its first loss at home this year, and its first SEC loss of the season. This also marked UT's seventh wire-to-wire win of the season.
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.
Sunday's Tennessee at Texas A&M game marked the finale to "We Back Pat" Week.
To purchase a "We Back Pat" shirt, as well as autographed and specialty items visit www.patsummitt.org.
FOR STARTERS Today's starters: sophomore forward Bashaara Graves, junior forward Cierra Burdick, junior center Isabelle Harrison, redshirt freshman point guard Andraya Carter and senior point guard Meighan Simmons.
Simmons has now made 112 career starts in 128 games. 11th among active NCAA Division I players.
Massengale's 43 consecutive starts came to an end as the junior didn't travel to the Lone Star State due to precautionary reasons. She suffered a facial injury against Florida in the first half on Jan. 23. Her status is listed as day-to-day. She also saw a streak of 78 games played snapped.
Carter started in Massengale's absence, registering her sixth start of the season and 11th of her career.
It is the first time this season UT has utilized the quintet. It is the seventh different lineup for Tennessee this season. The starting five is 1-0 this season.
Tennessee won the tip for the 18th time this season.
Junior Isabelle Harrison scored UT's first bucket of the game with a layup. It is the eighth time this season she has accounted for Tennessee's first points.
Sophomore Jasmine Jones was the first off the bench for UT, the seventh time this season she's been called up first.
TENNESSEE DEFENSE UT handed the Aggies their first home loss of the season. Entering Sunday's matchup, the Aggies were 10-0 at home during the 2013-14 campaign.
The Aggies were allowing 54.5 points per game on the year. Tennessee's 76 points was the second-highest Texas A&M has allowed an opponent this year. Syracuse dropped 78 on the Aggies.
Freshman Mercedes Russell pulled down a career-high 11 rebounds
Cierra Burdick finished with nine rebounds, including four offensive boards.
Tennessee started off the game on an 8-0 run, holding the Aggies scoreless until the 14:50 mark. Texas A&M was 0-8 before TAMU's Courtney Walker scored a basket.
During the first half, UT went on a 13-0 run to go up 25-10 over the course of five minutes, 17 seconds.
DOUBLE FIGURES FOR HARRISON With 10 points and nine rebounds Isabelle Harrison reached double-figure scoring for the 14th-straight game.
QUIETING THE AGGIES The Lady Vols followed a 61.3 % (14-21) second half FG shooting vs. Florida with a 53.1% (17-32) in first half against the Aggies.
Tennessee's 36 points in the first half were the second-most Texas A&M had an allowed an opponent in the first half this year, following Syracuse's 38 points in the first 20 minutes against the Aggies on Nov. 30, 2013.
The Lady Vols outscored the Aggies, xxx-xx in the paint, while also holding the advantage on fast break points, 38-16.
TEXAS-BRED SIMMONS IN LONE STAR STATE GAMES Entering Sunday's game, in the four games played in Texas during senior Meighan Simmons' career, UT has gone 2-2 while the Cibolo, Texas, native has averaged 18.5 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist and 1.5 steals.
Against Texas (when playing in Austin) on 12/12/10, she had 18 points, three rebounds, one assist and one steal. On 12/16/12, she notched 18 points, three rebounds, three assists and three steals. When playing in Waco against Baylor, Simmons posted 22 points, three rebounds, three assists and three steals on 12/14/10. On 12/18/12, she racked up 16 points, five rebounds, one block and one steal.
The senior finished the game with a team-leading 26 points on 12-of-19 shooting. It was the second-most points for Simmons this year, following her 32-point outing against Virginia in the Junkanoo Jam.
Simmons also hit the 20+ point mark for the third straight game and fourth time this season.
She entered the game with 1,757 career points, ranked as UT's No. 10 all-time scorer. With her 26 points on the day, she surpassed Tanya Haave (1,771 points, 1980-84) and moved into sole possession of ninth place in UT's all-time rankings. She is seven points away from catching Sheila Frost (1,790 points, 1985-89) in eighth place.
LEADING POINT GUARDS Senior Meighan Simmons played 39 minutes. Redshirt freshman Andraya Carter played all 40 minutes of the game.
Carter filled the shoes of point guard Ariel Massengale, who did not make the trip to College Station due to precautionary reasons after sustaining a facial injury in the first half against Florida.
Simmons finished the game with 26 points, three rebounds, two steals and three assists.
Carter ended with 10 points, two rebounds, two steals and six assists.
BASH-ING THE COMPETITION Sophomore Bashaara Graves recorded double figures for the third time in four games with 10 points against the Aggies.
She finished the game shooting 71.4 percent (5-of-7).
WIRE-TO-WIRE After jumping out on an 8-0 run to start the game, the Lady Vols recorded their seventh wire-to-wire victory of the season.
Tennessee has recorded wire-to-wire wins over SMU, Texas, Troy, Tennessee State, Lipscomb, Florida, and now Texas A&M.
AT THE HALF The Lady Vols held a 36-20 lead entering the half. Tennessee's 36 points in the first half are the second-most Texas A&M has allowed an opponent this year in the first half, following Syracuse' 38 points on Nov. 30, 2013.
Meighan Simmons led the team with 15 points, shooting 7-of-11 in field goals.
UT owned the boards in the first 20 minutes of action, 21-19, with Cierra Burdick grabbing a team-best six rebounds.
The Lady Vols outscored Texas A&M, 20-8 in points in the paint.
UP NEXT Tennessee returns to Knoxville to take on Arkansas for a 7 p.m. ET contest on Thursday, Jan. 30.
The game vs. the Razorbacks airs on SportSouth and can he heard on the Vol Network.