Feb. 13, 2012
3: Third time's a charm with this linuep combination. The starting five previously lined up for the opening tips of losses at Virginia and Vanderbilt.
25: Meighan Simmons tagged 25 points on UK, a season- and SEC-best for the sophomore. Her career-best mark of 28 points came against Lamar (12/1/10).
37: The 37-point UT win marks the largest margin of loss for Kentucky this season. Its largest margin of defeat coming into tonight was 12 points at MTSU (12/28).
91: Tennessee's 91 points were the second-most put up by the Lady Vols this season (92 v. Miami, 11/15). The total was also the second-most allowed by UK this year (92 v. UND).
25,000: Before the game, Holly Warlick was presented with a check in the amount of $25,000 for her foundation, Champions for a Cure, supporting breast cancer research.
With the win, Tennessee moves to 49-8 in the all-time series versus Kentucky dating back to the 1975-76 season.
Tennessee has won 17 of the last 20 meetings against the Wildcats.
Kentucky has yet to secure a win in Thompson-Boling Arena with the Wildcats' last win in Knoxville coming in 1985 when the Lady Vols played in Stokely Athletics Center.
Today's starters: Ariel Massengale, Meighan Simmons, Taber Spani, Shekinna Stricklen and Glory Johnson.
This is the third game with these five lining up for the opening tip. The Lady Vols are now 1-2 sporting this lineup combination.
These starters lined up for the opening tip of the Lady Vols' road losses at Virginia (11/20) and Vanderbilt (2/9).
Live Pink, Bleed Orange
The Lady Vols wore pink in tonight's contest as a part of the Women's Basketball Coaches' Association (WBCA) Play 4Kay initiative.
The initiative serves to promote breast cancer awareness.
At the Half
Lady Vols Look Good
The Lady Vols led Kentucky at halftime, 46-28. Tonight's 18-point lead at intermission was the second-largest halftime lead by UT against an SEC team this season. UT led Arkansas by 20 at the half on Jan. 8.
UT's total of 46 points in the first half is also the second-best SEC mark on the season, as they posted 47 points.
Tennessee has led at the half in 17 contests. The Lady Vols have trailed at intermission of five games and have been tied in the other three contests.
Tennessee is now 16-1 when it leads going into the locker room, with the lone loss coming to Baylor (11/27).
Noting UK's First Half
Tonight's 18-point deficit tonight marks Kentucky's largest halftime deficit of the year. The Wildcats previous mark came when they trailed Notre Dame by six points on Dec. 18.
Shooting 60 percent from the floor in the first half, Tennessee put up the best first-half field goal percentage by a UK opponent this season. Notre Dame shot 59.4% against the Wildcats (12/18).
Wouldn't You Like to Know
Three Lady Vols tallied double-digit scoring efforts in the loss to Vanderbilt: Simmons (25), Stricklen (18) and Johnson (10).
No Lady Vol collected double-digit rebounds. Johnson and Vicki Baugh each pulled down seven off the boards in the win.
UT For Three
Tennessee kicked it up another notch from beyond the arc, hitting 6-of-13 trey attempts in the win (46.2%) with Simmons hitting three shots from downtown.
UT struggled from beyond the arc versus Auburn and South Carolina; the Lady Vols were 3-of-13 (23.1%) from three in the win over Auburn and 1-of-8 from three in the loss to South Carolina (12.5%).
Simmons' Stellar Shooting
Meighan Simmons tagged 25 points on UK, a season- and SEC-best for the sophomore. Her career-best mark of 28 points came against Lamar (12/1/10).
Her 10 field goals tie her personal-best. She previously made 10 buckets in the win over Lamar.
All About "We"
All 11 Lady Vols saw action with 10 of them scoring in the win over Kentucky.
Interestingly enough, the Lady Vols did not wear their own names on the backs of their jerseys for the first time this season in the win.
TBA - The Place To Play
UT is scoring 80.6 points per game in Thompson-Boling Arena while only allowing 57.2 points per game to their opponents -- a 23.5 Lady Vol scoring advantage.
TBA is still the toughest women's basketball arena in the nation to secure a win. The Lady Vols have fashioned a 352-22 (.941) all-time record on their home court.
Summitt's Staples Return
After allowing 93 points in the loss at Vanderbilt, Tennessee held UK to 54.
The Lady Vols also held the Wildcats to 30 percent shooting in the first half.
UT forced 20 Kentucky turnovers in the win, converting UK giveaways to the tune of 32 points.
After losing the board game to Vanderbilt, Tennessee came back with a vengance, outrebouding UK, 45-27.
Tennessee collected 19 offensive boards which it converted to the tune of 22 second chance points.
On the Horizon
Glory, Glory - Look Who's Boarding
Glory Johnson is currently second on the all-time rebounding list with 1,093 boards.
She needs 203 rebounds to catch program-leader Chamique Holdsclaw, who pulled down 1,295 rebounds in her Lady Vol career.
Massengale Dishes `Em
With seven assists versus Kentucky, freshman point guard Ariel Massengale is nearing the rookie assist mark.
She is 15 assists shy of the Lady Vol record for assists in a season by a freshman. Loree Moore dished out 133 helpers for Tennessee in 2001-02.
UT hits the road again for contests at Mississippi St. (2/16 at 9 p.m. ET) and Ole Miss (2/19 at 2 p.m. ET).