Feb. 6, 2014
THE SERIES & THE WIN
Thursday's game marked the 49th all-time meeting between the two programs, and second this season. Tennessee defeated the Rebels in Knoxville, 94-70, on Jan. 9.
With the win, Tennessee is now 42-7 in the all-time series against Mississippi, with a 26-game winning streak.
When playing in Oxford, UT is 18-3 against the Ole Miss.
Holly Warlick, has a 3-0 head coaching record against the Rebels.
Today's starters: junior Cierra Burdick, sophomore Bashaara Graves, junior Isabelle Harrison, redshirt freshman Andraya Carter and senior Meighan Simmons.
It was the fourth-straight game Tennessee has utilized the lineup, and the Lady Vols are now 4-0 with the quintet.
Tennessee won the tip for the 21st time this season.
Simmons scored the Lady Vols' first basket, two free throws with 18:19 on the clock. It's the fourth time this season that she has scored UT's first points.
Mercedes Russell was first off the bench for Tennessee, the fifth time this season the freshman has been called upon first.
Massengale was not in attendance due to precautionary reasons. She suffered a facial injury against Florida in the first half on Jan. 23. Her status is listed as day-to-day. She also missed the Texas A&M game on Sunday, Jan. 26, he Arkansas game on Thursday, Jan. 30, and the Alabama game on Sunday, Feb. 2.
CENTURY MARK FOR SIMMONS
With Tennessee's victory, Meighan Simmons earned her 100th win donning the Orange and White.
Simmons notched 20 points, hitting double figures for the 18th time this season, out of 23 games, and for the 97th time in her career. It also marked the fifth time this season she has scored 20 or more points.
The senior hit three back-to-back 3-pointers from the 11:24 to 9:52 mark for Tennessee. She notched her eighth game this season with three or more treys.
BURDICK CONTINUES STRONG PLAY
Coming off of two big games last week against Arkansas and Alabama, and earning SEC Player of the Week, Cierra Burdick recorded her ninth game this season in double figures with 12 points. She was a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line.
It is her third straight contest in double figures, marking the second three-game stint this season the junior has hit double figures (Also vs. Texas (10 points), Troy (15 points) and Tenn. State (12 points) from Dec. 8 to Dec. 17).
Burdick also grabbed eight boards.
Isabelle Harrison recorded her 11th double-double this season with 18 points and 11 rebounds. It is the 17th double-double of her career.
It also marked the 21st game of 23 this season in double figures. She has hit double digits in 17 consecutive games.
Harrison's 18 points is the first time since Jan. 9 that she has scored more than 15 points when she had 16 against the Rebels in Knoxville.
FRESHMEN HELPING OUT
Freshmen Jordan Reynolds and Mercedes Russell's efforts helped UT to its 19th win this season.
Reynolds recorded seven points, tying her SEC high which she also recorded against the Rebels on Jan. 9.
Russell notched six points with seven boards.
AT THE HALF
Tennessee led the Rebels, 37-28, at the halfway point.
UT barely outrebounded Ole Miss in the first 20 minutes of action, 20-19, with Cierra Burdick leading the team with five boards.
Meighan Simmons led UT with nine points, while Isabelle Harrison followed with eight.
Tennessee's bench outscored the Rebel reserves, 12-2, in the first half.
Tennessee returns to Thompson-Boling Arena for Big Monday on Feb. 10 when the Lady Vols take on Vanderbilt.
The game vs. the Lady Commodores will be aired on ESPN2 and can be heard on the Lady Vol Network.