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Postgame Notes: #11/12 Tennessee 76, #17/15 Texas A&M 55

Jan. 26, 2014

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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.

 

 

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