Postgame Notes: No. 9 Tennessee 88, Mississippi State 45

Jan. 31, 2013

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• With the win over Mississippi State, the Lady Vols improve to 17-4 overall and 8-0 in the SEC, the only remaining undefeated team in the league.
• Tennessee extends its win streak over the Bulldogs to 34 as UT is 34-0 all-time against MSU.
• Today's attendance was 13,011, the third time this season the Lady Vols have drawn 13,000 or more fans at a home game.


• 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.
• It was Williams' first start this season, and seventh of her career. The last time she started was her sophomore year against Mississippi State (1/27/11)
• Simmons drained Tennessee's first bucket for the eighth time this year as she swished a jumper to start the game.
• Freshman Jasmine Jones was the first off the bench for Tennessee.


• Tennessee's 34-game win streak over Mississippi State is the seventh longest in-conference win streak in the nation. (34-0 against the Bulldogs)
• Only four of the meetings have been decided by five points or less.


• The 43-point victory over Mississippi State was the fifth-largest margin of victory for the Lady Vols in the 2012-13 season.
• (53) 90-37 vs. Alcorn State
• (53) 101-48 vs. Rice
• (45) 102-57 vs. North Carolina
• (45) 84-39 vs. Missouri
(43) 88-45 vs. Mississippi State
• The 43-point win was the second largest margin of victory over the Bulldogs in the series history. The biggest win over Mississippi State came on Feb. 9, 1997, a 104-39 (65-point) victory.


• Junior Meighan Simmons led the scoring effort with 21 points, her seventh time this season tallying 20+ points and 17th of her career. Simmons has scored in double-figures in 10 consecutive games.
• Along with Simmons, Spani (15), Williams (10) and Graves (10) also hit double digits in scoring. • Senior Kamiko Williams led the effort on the boards as she pulled down a career-best 13 rebounds.
• Tennessee dished out 18 assists on the night, with Williams leading the team with a career-best six helpers.
• UT outscored the Lady Bulldogs 40-18 in the paint, while notching 22 points off fast breaks.


• The Lady Vols held Mississippi State scoreless for just over three minutes to start the game as the Lady Bulldogs didn't score their first basket until the 16:51 mark.
• Tennessee forced 26 turnovers, the most forced in SEC play and third most in the season (Alcorn State-34, UNC-30) while grabbing eight steals from Mississippi State.
• The Lady Vols outmuscled and outrebounded the Bulldogs 49-32.


• Senior Kamiko Williams notched her seventh career start against Mississippi State. The last time she was in the starting line-up was her sophomore season against the Bulldogs.
• She recorded her second career double-double as she tallied 10 points and grabbed a career-best 13 rebounds. The other came against Baylor (12/18/12)
• The senior also tallied a career-high six steals, and dished out a team-best and career-high tying six assists, marking her fifth game this year handing out five or more helpers.


• Sophomore Cierra Burdick made her debut back after a fractured hand kept her out for eight games. She entered the game at the 6:53 mark in the first half.
• It was Burdick's first game since Dec. 30 against Rutgers, and her first SEC contest of the year. She played 16 minutes tallying four points in her return.


• With Taber Spani's 15 points against Mississippi State, she has now scored in double-figures in eight of the last nine games.
• She has scored in double digits in every league game except Florida, where she had nine.
• Spani currently has an 14.3 SEC scoring average and is averaging 5.3 rebounds/game in SEC play.


• With Meighan Simmons' 21 points against the Bulldogs, she is now 27th on UT's all-time career scoring chart with 1,264 career points passing Latina Davis (1,260).
• Simmons has now scored 20 or more points in seven games this year and 17 times in her career.


• At the half, UT lead 42-18 over the Bulldogs. The 24-point lead was the third highest for the Lady Vols this year following Tennessee's 27-point lead over Missouri.
• Simmons lead the team in scoring at the half way point as she had 10 points. Bashaara Graves, along with Kamiko Williams and Taber Spani added six points apiece.
• Williams led the team on the boards as she brough down eight in the first 20 minutes of action.
• The Lady Vols outrebounded Mississippi State 29-20, while also forcing 13 turnovers. UT scored 14 points off those turnovers.


• Tennessee travels to the Show-Me State as the Lady Vols face the Missouri Tigers on Sunday, Feb. 3, in a 2 p.m. ET contest. It will be broadcast on Comcast Sports South.
• It will Tennessee's first game at Missouri since 1978.¬¬¬





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