Jan. 27, 2011
Tonight's starters: Freshman Meighan Simmons, sophomore Kamiko Williams, sophomore Taber Spani, junior Glory Johnson, junior Shekinna Stricklen.
Angie Bjorklund (foot sprain), Kelley Cain (illness) and Lauren Avant (illness) all sat out the game.
Tonight's win marks the 35th consecutive time a Lady Vol team has won 20 games.
Tennessee started the game on an 8-0 run as sophomore lefties Taber Spani and Kamiko Williams each had a pair of buckets. Mississippi State didn't score a point until the 16:29 mark in the first half.
The Lady Vols were leading 13-4, when the Lady Bulldogs used a 10-2 run to come within one point, 15-14 with 10:14 left in the first half.
Porscha Porter's third three put Mississippi State up, 33-25 with 3:54 left in the first half.
Johnson grabbed her 10th board of the night with 2:20 to go in the first half. She recorded her sixth double-double of the season on an "And-1" three-point play with 1:30 remaining before halftime, giving herself 10 points and 11 boards at the break.
Tennessee trailed at halftime (37-35) for just the third time all season.
The Lady Vols came out of halftime on fire. Tennessee opened the second half with 18 consecutive points and held Mississippi State without a tally until a Porter jumper at the 14:11 mark made the score 53-39.
The 18-0 run was sparked by a Simmons' three just 10 seconds into the half. It gave UT its first lead (38-37) since being up 21-20 with 7:31 remaining in the first half. Tennessee shot 7-of-11 during the run, while holding the Lady Bulldogs to 0-for-6 from the field.
Tennessee held its 10th straight opponent below 40 percent shooting from the field.
The Lady Vols held Mississippi State to just 18 second half points - the lowest second-half total by an opponent this season.
Tennessee won its 30th consecutive home game - the fourth-longest streak in Lady Vol history.
The win tonight...
Gives UT an 11-0 record at home in 2010-11.
Gives UT 11 straight wins since its loss at Baylor on Dec. 14.
Gives UT a 32-0 record all-time versus Mississippi State.
Gives UT a 297-40 record all-time in the SEC.
Head Coach Pat Summitt's career record now stands at 1,057-198 (.842) all time.
The Lady Vols travel to Fayetteville, Ark. to face the Arkansas Razorbacks on Sunday at 1 p.m. CT. The game will air live on the SEC Network.
Junior Glory Johnson
Had the best game of her career, tallying career bests in points (22), assists (seven) and blocks (four) and tied a career best with 18 boards. It's her sixth double-double of the season and 16th of her career. In eight SEC games, she is now averaging UT bests of 15.0 ppg and 10.3 rpg while shooting 57 percent from the field. Just two minutes into the second half, Johnson already had five assists and three blocks to go along with 10 points and 14 boards.
Junior Shekinna Stricklen
Recorded her seventh double-double of the year with 10 points and 10 rebounds to go along with a career high four blocks. Stricklen now owns 14 double-doubles in her career at Rocky Top.
Sophomore Taber Spani
On her 20th birthday, Spani scored 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting to go along with five boards. UT improved to 14-0 all-time when she scores in double figures.
Sophomore Kamiko Williams
Scored 10 points on 5-of-9 shooting while swatting a pair of shots. UT improved to 12-0 all-time when she scores in double figures.
Junior Alyssia Brewer
Scored her first points of the season on a pair of free throws with 1:37 remaining in the game. She played a season-best 11 minutes and tallied season bests in boards (four) and blocks (two).