Feb. 8, 2011
Tonight's starters: freshman Meighan Simmons, sophomore Taber Spani, junior Glory Johnson, junior Shekinna Stricklen and redshirt junior Kelley Cain.
Kentucky jumped out to an 11-4 lead before the first media timeout at the 15:42 mark in the first half.
Kentucky's Victoria Dunlap made her first three shots, including just her fourth trey of the season, to spark the 11-4 Wildcat start.
An 8-0 Lady Vol run sparked by a pair of double-clutch finishes from Kamiko Williams and capped by a lightning quick jumper by Simmons made the score 12-12 with 11:53 to go in the first half. Kentucky's Jennifer O'Neill scored back-to-back baskets to answer, however, forcing Pat Summitt to call her first timeout at the 11:02 mark in the first half with UK leading, 16-12.
Lyssi Brewer's first basket of the season tied the game 18-18 with 7:30 left in the first half.
Tennessee had 17 first-half turnovers.
After leading UT with eight points off the bench in the first half, Williams started the second half in place of Simmons, who had six points, three assists and four boards, but made seven turnovers in the first frame.
Stricklen nailed Tennessee's first three at the 16:55 mark in the second half to give UT its first lead of the final stanza, 38-36. On the next play down the court she made a layup, while getting fouled, to put the Lady Vols up 40-36 with 16:12 remaining in the game. A Stricklen layup two minutes later capped a 14-2 Lady Vol run and put the visitors ahead, 46-38, while forcing UK to burn a timeout at the 14:09 mark.
Tennessee went up 10, 48-38, on another basket from Stricklen, but UK fought back. Back-to-back three-pointers by A'dia Mathies brought UK within one point with 9:42 left in the game.
Stricklen's putback of her own miss put the Lady Vols ahead 67-61 with 2:15 remaining in the game. Angie Bjorklund (foot sprain), and Lauren Avant (illness) did not play in today's game.
Tonight's attendance of 7,126 was a season-high for the Wildcats in Memorial Coliseum, eclipsing the mark of 7.104 set against Vanderbilt on Jan. 23.
Tennessee's 55.8 field goal percentage was a season-best.
Kentucky's 23 rebounds tied an opponent-low for the season.
The win tonight...
Gives UT a 9-1 road record in 2010-11.
Gives UT six straight road wins.
Gives UT 13 straight wins since its loss at Baylor on Dec. 14.
Gives UT a 3-2 record versus ranked teams in 2010-11.
Gives UT a 47-7 record all-time versus Kentucky.
Gives UT a 299-40 record all-time in the SEC.
Head Coach Pat Summitt's career record now stands at 1,059-198 (.842) all time.
The Lady Vols host Florida at 7 p.m. ET in Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville on Thursday. The game will air live on FSN.
Junior Glory Johnson
Recorded her fourth consecutive double double (eighth of season) with 10 points and 10 boards. It's her 18th double double of her career.
Junior Shekinna Stricklen
Recorded her eighth double double of the season and 14th of her career with 20 points and 12 rebounds.
Sophomore Kamiko Williams
Tied a season-high with 14 points off the bench, reaching double figures for the third straight game.
Freshman Meighan Simmons Despite committing nine turnovers, Simmons stayed tough and focused, scoring 15 points and making some big shots down the stretch. Simmons' three with 4:25 left in the game put UT up 65-61. She also put Tennessee up 71-67 with two clutch free throws with 15 seconds left in the contest.