Jan. 28, 2013
THE SERIES With the loss to Notre Dame, the all-time series sits at 20-3. It was the first win for the Fighting Irish at Thompson-Boling Arena and their third-consecutive victory over the Lady Vols.
Tennessee is now 16-4 on the season, while Notre Dame improves to 19-1.
Today's attendance was 13,556, the largest home crowd this season.
FOR STARTERS 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.
Simmons drained Tennessee's first bucket for the seventh time this year as she swished a three-pointer to start the game.
Freshman Jasmine Jones was the first off the bench for Tennessee.
SPREADING THE OFFENSE Freshman Bashaara Graves led the Lady Vols' scoring effort with 19 points.
Along with Graves, senior Taber Spani (12) and Meighan Simmons (11) also hit double digits in scoring.
Spani has now scored in double-figures in seven of the last eight games.
Graves also led the squad in rebounding, finishing the game with 13 boards. Spani grabbed eight rebounds for the Lady Vols, while Kamiko Williams finished with seven.
Tennessee out-rebounded Notre Dame, 47-45.
Tennessee dished out 16 assists in the game, with sophomore Ariel Massengale leading the way with a season-high nine helpers.
`BASH'ING THE COMPETITION Freshman Bashaara Graves led the team in scoring with 19 points and rebounding with 13 boards - one shy of her career-best.
She recorded her team-leading eighth double-double, which is second-best in the SEC.
Graves also hit a career-high nine free throws against the Fighting Irish, going 9-of-10 from the line.
TABER DRANI Senior Taber Spani's free throw streak was snapped at 22-straight this evening, as the guard missed from the line with 3:54 to go in the second half. She finished the game 5-of-6 from the stripe.
Spani had not missed a free throw since Nov. 18 and has gone 22-23 from the charity stripe since then.
MASS PASS Sophomore point guard Ariel Massengale's nine assists were a season high and three off her career best.
Massengale is averaging 4.55 assists per game this season.
TO THE LINE The Lady Vols shot 19-of-22 from the free throw line on the night.
Tennessee has made 15 or more free throws in five-consecutive games.
SUMMITT HONORED Lady Vol head coach emeritus Pat Summitt was honored prior to the game as a banner was raised in her name.
It is the 11th banner raised in Thompson-Boling Arena and sixth on the women's side.
Lady Vol alumni Candace Parker, Tamika Catchings, Chamique Holdsclaw and Michelle Marciniak were in attendance of tonight's ceremony.
AT THE HALF At the half, UT trailed by four, 33-29. It was the sixth time this year the Lady Vols have been behind at the half way point.
Freshman Bashaara Graves led the team in scoring and rebounds as she had nine points and eight boards. Sophomore Isabelle Harrison followed with six points and five rebounds.
Notre Dame outrebounded UT 27-26 in the first 20 minutes of action.
The Lady Vols shot 28.6 percent from the field compared to the Fighting Irish's 35.0 percent.
UT tallied nine fast break points to Notre Dame's four, but was outscored in the paint 20-8.
UP NEXT Tennessee hosts the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Thompson-Boling Arena on Thursday, Jan. 31.
The game - scheduled for a 7 p.m. ET tip - will be broadcast live on CSS and online on ESPN3.