Feb. 10, 2013
THE SERIES With the victory over Ole Miss, the Lady Vols improve to 19-5 overall and 10-1 in the SEC.
Tennessee extends its win streak over the Rebels to 24, and improves to 40-7 all-time against Ole Miss.
Today's attendance was 11,727.
FOR STARTERS Today's starters: freshman Bashaara Graves, senior Taber Spani, sophomore Cierra Burdick, sophomore Ariel Massengale and junior Meighan Simmons.
Simmons is the only Lady Vol to start every game this season.
Graves drained Tennessee's first bucket for the fifth time this year as she sank a layup to start the game.
Freshman Jasmine Jones was the first off the bench for Tennessee.
SPREADING THE OFFENSE Junior Meighan Simmons led the scoring effort with 24 points, recording her eighth 20-point effort on the season.
Along with Simmons, Bashaara Graves (19), Taber Spani (12), Nia Moore (12) and Kamiko Williams (11) also hit double digits in scoring. It was the sixth time this season the Lady Vols have had five score in double-figures.
Graves led the effort on the boards as she pulled down 11 rebounds to record her ninth double-double of the season.
Moore, who went 4-for-5 from the field and 4-for-4 from the line, recorded a career-high 12 points in just 10 minutes of action.
Tennessee dished out 23 assists agains the Rebels - one shy of its season-best - with Massengale leading the way with eight helpers.
UT outscored the Rebels 46-32 in the paint, while notching 28 points off fast-break opportunities.
LIGHTS OUT Tennessee shot a season-best 59.4 percent against the Rebels, including a 66.7 percent clip in the second half.
It's the Lady Vols' highest field goal percentage since shooting 69.2 percent in a 85-64 win over UCLA on Dec. 17, 2011.
The Lady Vols scored 57 points in the second half, the most of a half this season for UT. It was the most points in a half for the Orange and White since netting 58 in a 110-45 win over Alabama on Jan. 6, 2011.
SIMMONS SHINES IN RECORD BOOK With Meighan Simmons' 24 points against the Rebels, she is now 26th on UT's all-time career scoring chart with 1,319 career points. She has now passed Tonya Edwards (1,309).
Simmons, who has recorded 13-straight double-digit scoring performances, has now scored 20 or more points in eight games this season and 18 times in her career.
GRAVES BURIES THE COMPETITION Freshman forward Bashaara Graves recorded her team-leading ninth double-double of the season against Ole Miss, scoring 19 points and pulling down 11 rebounds.
The rookie is now tied with former Lady Vol Tamika Catchings for fourth on UT's all-time freshmen double-double chart with nine.
Graves, who went 7-of-7 from the chairty stripe, has now scored 15 or more points in 14 games this season and has hit double figures in 21 of 24 games.
TABER DRANI Senior Taber Spani bounced back after going scoreless against LSU, as she tallied 12 points against Ole Miss.
Spani has scored in double figures in every SEC game except Florida and LSU. She has hit double digits in 10 of the last 12 games.
MASS PASS Sophomore point guard Ariel Massengale dished out eight helpers against the Rebels for her 13th game this season handing out five or more assists. It was one off her season-high of nine dimes against Notre Dame.
MOORE FROM THE LINE Freshman Nia Moore went 4-for-4 from the line agianst the Rebels, and is 17-of-18 from the charity stripe this season.
She leads the Lady Vols in free throw percentage, shooting 94.4 percent.
PUTTING UP A DEFENSE Tennessee forced 15 turnovers, while grabbing seven steals from Ole Miss.
The Lady Vols held the Rebels to a 35.3 percent field goal mark and outrebounded them by a 46-27 margin.
AT THE HALF At the half, UT lead 40-27 over the Rebels.
Junior Meighan Simmons lead the team in scoring at the half way point as she had 13 points. Senior Taber Spani and freshman Bashaara Graves followed with seven points apiece.
Spani led the team on the boards as she brought down five in the first 20 minutes of action.
The Lady Vols outrebounded Ole Miss 23-15, while producing 10 Rebel turnovers.
UT tallied 11 fast-break points, as well as outscored Ole Miss 18-16 in the paint.
UP NEXT Tennessee takes a midweek break and then faces Vanderbilt in a 5 p.m. ET contest on Sunday at Thompson-Boling Arena. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN2.