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Postgame Notes: #8 UT 81, #18/19 Vandy 53

Feb. 10, 2014

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THE SERIES & THE WIN

• Monday's game marked the 70th all-time meeting between the two programs, and the second this season.
• The 81-53 victory is the biggest win in the series between Vandy and UT since the Lady Vols defeated Vandy 89-53 on Feb. 18, 1999
• With the win, Tennessee improves to 63-9 in the all-time series against Vanderbilt.
• In Knoxville, the Lady Vols are 29-0 in the series.
Holly Warlick has a 3-1 career head coaching record against Lady Commodores. • In the program's history, Tennessee has only been swept once by an SEC opponent home and away - by Georgia during the 1984-85 season.
• It is the Lady Vols' sixth straight win and seventh straight SEC win.
• With the victory, the Lady Vols recorded their 38th straight season with 20 or more wins and 39th season with 20+ wins overall

FOR STARTERS

• Today's starters: junior Cierra Burdick, sophomore Bashaara Graves, junior Isabelle Harrison, redshirt freshman Andraya Carter and senior Meighan Simmons.
• It was the fifth-straight game Tennessee has utilized the lineup, and the Lady Vols are now 5-0 with the quintet.
• Tennessee won the tip for the 22nd time this season.
• Harrison scored the Lady Vols' first basket, a jumper with 19:43 on the clock. It's the 11th time this season that the junior has scored UT's first points.
Jasmine Jones was first off the bench for Tennessee, the ninth time this season the sophomore 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, Arkansas game on Jan. 30, Alabama game on Feb. 2 and the Ole Miss game on Feb. 6.

IN-STATE RIVALRY REMATCH

• The Lady Vols shot out to a 6-0 lead over Vanderbilt compared to the game prior beween the two teams when Vandy jumped to a 6-0 advantage.
• At the first media timeout with 15:52 left in the first half, UT was a perfect 5-for-5 in field goals, leading VU 10-8. The Lady Vols were 6-of-6 before their first miss.
• Tennessee capitalized on an 8-0 run in the first half to go up 20-12 with 11 minutes to go in the first half.
• UT enjoyed its largest lead with 2:22 left in the second half, when the Lady Vols were up by 30, 79-49

WIRE-TO-WIRE WIN

• The wire-to-wire win was the eighth for the Lady Vols this season.
• Tennessee also enjoyed wire-to-wire wins against SMU, Texas, Troy, Tennessee State, Lipscomb, Florida and at Texas A&M.

DOUBLE-DIGIT HARRISON

• Within the first minute of action, junior Isabelle Harrison was a perfect 2-for-2 with four points, bettering her first minute against the Lady Commodores on Jan. 12 when she had two fouls within the first two minutes.
• The Nashville native was a perfect 7-for-7 before missing her first shot of the game. She finished 8-of-10 with 18 points and five rebounds.
• With her 18 points on the night, she hit double figures in scoring in 21 games this season, and the last 18 games straight.

HITTING DOUBLE FIGURES

• The Lady Vols had three players in double figures: Meighan Simmons (22), Isabelle Harrison (18), , and Andraya Carter (11).
• Tennessee has had three or more players score in double digits in every game this season.

SIMMONS FOR THREE; RACKING UP 20s

• Senior Meighan Simmons recorded her ninth game making three or more 3-pointers as she finished the game with four treys.
• With her 22 points, she has scored in double figures in 19 games this season and 98 times in her career.
• The Cibolo, Texas, native has scored 20 or more points five times in the last seven games.
• She is 148 points away from becoming the fifth Lady Vol to amass 2,000 points or more during her career at UT and 31 points away from bypassing Shekinna Stricklen (2009-12) for seventh place on the all-time scoring charts.

GRAVES DOUBLING UP

• Sophomore Bashaara Graves notched 10 rebounds vs. Vandy, her first game since SMU on Nov. 29 where she brought down 10 or more boards.
• The game was the fourth time this season and 15th time in Graves' career pulling down double-digit rebounds

TENNESSEE DEFENSE

• The Lady Vols outrebounded the Lady Commodores, 34-20, with Bashaara Graves leading the way with 10 boards.
• Tennessee forced four shot clock violations from Vanderbilt.
• The Lady Vols went on an 11-0 run in the second half to go up 60-33. During the span, Vanderbilt was 0-10 in FG before the Lady Commodores' Jasmine Lister made a 3-pointer at the 10:33 mark.
• UT held VU guard Lister to just eight points, after the senior had been averaging 15.5 points per game entering the matchup.

AT THE HALF

• Tennessee lead heading into the locker room at halftime, 42-31. UT's 42 points is the most in the first half since scoring 46 against Notre Dame on Jan. 20.
• The Lady Vols were outrebounding Vanderbilt, 14-9, with sophomore Bashaara Graves leading the team with four boards.
• UT was owning the points in the paint, outscoring the Lady Commodores 24-10 in the lane.
• In the first half, Tennessee shot 65.5 percent (19-29), the third-most in a half this season. UT 66.7 percent in the first half vs. Tennessee State and 66.7 in the second half vs. Mississippi State.
Isabelle Harrison led the Lady Vols with 14 points in the first 20 minutes of action.

UP NEXT

• Tennessee returns to action on Sunday when the Lady Vols take on Kentucky in a 1 p.m. ET contest.
• The game vs. the Wildcats airs on ESPN and can be heard on the Lady Vol Network.

 

 

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