Feb. 8, 2013
THE SERIES Tennessee, which has now won seven-consecutive matchups against LSU, improved to 44-12 all-time against the Lady Tigers with the win.
UT also improves its road record against LSU to 14-6. The Lady Vols are now 8-3 in road games this season.
The Lady Vols improve to 17-5 overall and hold their spot atop the Southeastern Conference standings with a 9-1 mark in league play.
Tonight's attendance at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center was 4,482.
FRIENDLY COMPETITION Tonight marked the first head coaching meeting between Holly Warlick and former Lady Vol and current LSU Coach Nikki Caldwell.
Caldwell played at UT from 1990-94 with Warlick serving as an assistant coach. They contributed to the Lady Vols winning the 1991 NCAA National Championship.
FOR STARTERS Tonight's starters: sophomore guard Ariel Massengale, junior guard Meighan Simmons, senior guard Taber Spani, sophomore forward Cierra Burdick and freshman forward Bashaara Graves.
Simmons is the only Lady Vol to start every game this season.
Graves was the first to score for the Lady Vols with a layup just 26 seconds into the action.
Senior guard Kamiko Williams was the first off the bench for UT, checking in with 16:27 to go in the opening half.
QUICK START After going up 4-0 behind two Graves buckets in the first minute, the Lady Vols jumped out to a 9-0 lead at the first media timeout.
Tennessee extended its lead to its largest of the game at 13-2 following a 10-foot jumper from Simmons with 14:25 remaining in the opening period.
Graves led the charge with six points through the first 4:48.
TOP SEC ROOKIES SHOWCASED Tennessee's Bashaara Graves and LSU's Danielle Ballard, the two top candidates for the SEC Freshman of the Year Award, faced off for the first time on Thursday night.
Graves, who entered the game as the SEC's top freshman scorer (14.3 ppg) and rebounder (8.8), won the battle of the rookies. She finished with 17 points and four rebounds.
Ballard finished with 10 points and three boards.
SPREADING THE OFFENSE The Lady Vols had five players score eight points or more against the Lady Tigers.
Junior Meighan Simmons led the way for the team-high 12th time this season with 18 points, marking the 20th double-digit scoring performance of the season and the 68th of her career.
Freshman forward Bashaara Graves joined in on the double-digit action in the second half. Graves finished with 17 points, four rebounds, and four steals. It was Graves' 20th double-digit scoring performance in 23 games this season.
Senior guard Kamiko Williams, who tied a season-high with two 3-pointers, finished with eight points, while sophomores Cierra Burdick and Ariel Massengale added nine points apiece.
AT THE HALF After 20 minutes of play, the Lady Vols led the Lady Tigers, 28-26.
Junior Meighan Simmons led the way offensively with nine points for UT.
Sophomore Cierra Burdick led the Lady Vols on the boards with six rebounds in 16 minutes of action. Bashaara Graves added six points and four rebounds in 12 minutes of play.
Tennessee out-rebounded the Lady Tigers, 21-17, in the opening half.
UT shot an even 40 percent (12-of-30), while LSU shot 32.1 percent (9-of-28) in the first half.
When leading at the halfway point, Tennessee improves to 15-1 on the season.
UP NEXT Tennessee returns to the court on Sunday afternoon, as Ole Miss comes to Knoxville for a 2 p.m. contest at Thompson-Boling Arena. The game will be streamed live on UTSports.com.