Postgame Notes: #7 Tennessee 86, Alabama 56

Jan. 26, 2012

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Numbers of Interest
4: Four Lady Vols scored in double-figures against Alabama: Stricklen (14), Johnson (13), Williams (10) and Harrison (10).

6: With tonight's lineup shake-up, the Lady Vols have put six different lineup combinations on the floor. UT is now 1-0 with this starting five on the floor.

38: Tennessee has won 38 consecutive contests over the Crimson Tide. The last UT loss came in the Southeastern Conference Tournament in 1984.

62: Freshman Cierra Burdick became the 62nd Lady Vol to make a start during her freshman season on Rocky Top, getting the starting nod at Alabama.

121: Shekinna Stricklen did not line up for the opening tip, but did see action in tonight's game, officially ending her consecutive start streak at 121 games.

To Note
The Series

• With the win, Tennessee moves to 45-2 in the all-time series versus Alabama dating back to the 1976-77 season. Tennessee has won the last 38 meetings in the series with the Lady Vols' last loss coming in 1984.
• Tennessee has never lost to Alabama in the regular season; both losses came in the Southeastern Conference Tournament. Tennessee has never dropped a contest in Tuscaloosa.
• The game marks the first contest in the series played in UA's Foster Auditorium. UT is now 1-0 in Foster and 17-0 all time when playing on Bama's campus.

For Starters
• Today's starters: Brianna Bass, Ariel Massengale, Cierra Burdick, Vicki Baugh and Glory Johnson.
• This is the first game with these five lining up for the opening tip. The Lady Vols are now 1-0 sporting this lineup combination. It is the sixth different combination employed by Tennessee so far this season.
Briana Bass made her first start of the season and 15th start of her career at Alabama.
• Freshman Cierra Burdick made the first start of her UT career at UA, becoming the 62nd player in Lady Vol history to start during her freshman campaign. Fellow freshman Ariel Massengale was No. 61 on that list, starting the first game of the season versus Pepperdine.
Shekinna Stricklen did not start against Alabama, but came off the bench, snapping what had been the longest streak in the country for games started at 121. Stricklen missed the Jan. 19 contest versus LSU with injury, but because she did not play at all, her start streak remained intact until missing tonight's opening tip.

At the Half
• The Lady Vols led the Crimson Tide at halftime, 47-32. The Lady Vols have led at the half in 14 contests. They have trailed at intermission in three games and have been tied in the other three contests.
• Tennessee is now 13-1 when they lead going into the locker room, with its only loss in the group coming at the hands of Baylor (11/20).

Bouncing Back
Points Scored

• After scoring a program-low 44 points at Notre Dame Monday, the Lady Vols scored 86 points at Alabama -- the third-best total of 2011-12 for UT.
• The Lady Vols scored their season-high mark of 90 points against Old Dominion and Chattanooga.

Field Goal Percentage
• After shooting a season-low 27.9% from the floor against Notre Dame Monday, the Lady Vols bounced back to shoot 45.1% from the floor at Alabama.
• UT hit its first six shots of the game against the Crimson Tide.

Scoring Margin
• Tennessee came back from the second-worst defeat in Lady Vol history at Notre Dame to put up a 30-point win in Tuscaloosa.

Free Throw Woes
• After posting their lowest free throw percentage of the season -- a 43.8% effort --against Notre Dame, The Lady Vols shot 72% from the charity stripe at Alabama.

Tennessee Tidbits
Johnson, Stricklen Back in the Groove
Glory Johnson returned to her shooting and rebounding ways, putting up 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting at Alabama. She also collected eight rebounds in the win over the Tide.
• Stricklen led UT's scoring effort with 14 points at UA.

Ariel with the Assist
• With 11 assists against Alabama, Ariel Massengale posted her second double-digit assist effort of the season.
• She set the freshman record for helpers when she dished out 12 versus Vanderbilt (1/15).

Believe It -- It's Bass!
• Senior Briana Bass made her first start of 2011-12 and the 15th start of her Lady Vol career at Alabama.
• She registered eight points in the contest -- her SEC-high in scoring (previously seven points vs. Arkansas, 1/22/09).

Burdick Comes Up Big
• Making the first start of her Lady Vol career, freshman Cierra Burdick recorded nine points in the contest. She also tallied three assists.

Harrison and Williams Surprise
• With ten points each, Isabelle Harrison and Kamiko Williams put up personal marks in the contest.
• Harrison's mark was her SEC-best while Williams' total was her 2011-12 best.

On the Horizon Glory, Glory - Look Who's Boarding
Glory Johnson is currently second on the all-time rebounding list with 1,054 boards.
• She needs 241 rebounds to catch program leader Chamique Holdsclaw, who pulled down 1,295 rebounds in her Lady Vol career.

Up Next
• The road streak continues for the Lady Vols, as they travel to Athens to take on Georgia on Sunday at 5 p.m. CT.
• Tennessee will then return home to host South Carolina, Feb. 2, at Thompson-Boling Arena.





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