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Postgame Notes: No. 9 Tennessee 63, Missouri 80

Feb. 3, 2013

Recap |  Box Score

THE SERIES

• With the loss to Missouri the Lady Vols drop to 17-5 on the season.
• The loss to the Tigers was the first for the Lady Vols in SEC play this season (8-1) and the first in the series with Mizzou (4-1).
• The Lady Vols split the season series with the Tigers 1-1.
• Today's attendance was 4,181.

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.
• Massengale was the first to score for Tennessee as she sank two free throws.
• Freshman Jasmine Jones was the first off the bench for Tennessee.

SEC STREAK COMES TO AN END

• The loss snaps a 13-game winning streak over SEC foes for the Lady Vols, dating back to last season, including its last six league road games.
• The last time UT lost to a conference opponent on the road was on Feb. 9, 2012 at Vanderbilt.

SPREADING THE OFFENSE

• Despite not playing much of the second half after suffering an ankle injury Kamiko Williams led the scoring effort with 14 points.
• Five Lady Vols finished with double digit scoring alongside Williams including Meighan Simmons (13), Taber Spani (12), Bashaara Graves (11), and Ariel Massengale (10).
• It marked the fifth time this season that five Lady Vols have achieved double-digit scoring.
Bashaara Graves has now recorded double-digit scoring in 19 of the Lady Vols 22 games.
• Graves and Williams led the effort on the boards as they pulled down six rebounds each.
• The Tigers outscored the Lady Vols 26-18 in the paint while they added 34 bench points to Tennesse's three.

 

 

BACK-TO-BACK WILLIAMS

• Senior Kamiko Williams recorded back-to-back games of double-digit points for the first time since Feb. 7, 2011, when she had three straight games of double figures.

Taber Spani's 12 points against Missouri, she has now scored in double-figures in nine of the last 10 games.
• Nine of Spani's 12 points came from behind the arc.
• She has scored in double digits in every league game except Florida, where she had nine.

AT THE HALF

• At the half, UT led 37-34. Senior Kamiko Williams had 14 points and six rebounds to lead the squad. Junior Meighan Simmons followed with seven points, while freshman Bashaara Graves grabbed four boards.
• The Lady Vols outrebounded Missouri 18-15, while grabbing five steals from the Tigers.
• Tennessee forced 10 Tiger turnovers, scoring nine points off of them.
• UT shot 46.9 percent from the field, while MU shot 50 percent in the first 20 minutes of action.

UP NEXT

• Tennessee faces LSU Thursday in Baton Rouge in a 9 p.m. ET contest.
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