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Postgame Notes: #10 Tennessee 57, Mississippi State 41



Feb. 16, 2012

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Numbers of Interest
4: With 22 points and 12 rebounds in the win, Shekinna Stricklen recorded her fourth double-double in the 2011-12 season.

10: The win over Mississippi State pulls head coach Pat Summitt closer to her next win plateau. Ten more wins will put her at the 1,100-win milestone.

13: UT held Mississippi State to 13 points in the first half -- a season low in any half for the Lady Bulldogs. Their previous low was a 16-point showing in the first half versus Arkansas.

33: With the win, Tennessee wins its 33rd consecutive game over the Lady Bulldogs. UT is a perfect 33-0 against MSU since the series began during the 1985-86 season.

1,108: With 15 rebounds against MSU, Glory Johnson surpassed the 1,100 rebound plateau. She has now tallied 1,108 rebounds in her Lady Vol career.

To Note
The Series

• With the win Tennessee, moves to 33-0 in the all-time series versus Mississippi State dating back to the 1985-86 season.
• MSU head coach Sharon Fanning-Otis was a graduate assistant under Pat Head Summitt at Tennessee during the 1975-76 season.

For Starters
• Today's starters: Ariel Massengale, Meighan Simmons, Taber Spani, Shekinna Stricklen and Glory Johnson.
• This is the fourth game with these five lining up for the opening tip. The Lady Vols are now 2-2 sporting this lineup combination.
• These starters lined up for the opening tip of Monday's dominant display over Kentucky as well as the Lady Vols' road losses at Virginia (11/20) and Vandy (2/9).

Wouldn't You Like to Know
At the Half

• The Lady Vols led MIssissippi State at halftime, 22-13.
• UT's total of 22 points in the first half is its second-lowest first-half total on the season, as they posted 18 points at Notre Dame (1/23).
• Tennessee has led at the half of 18 contests. The Lady Vols have trailed at intermission of five games and has been tied in the other three contests.
• Tennessee is now 17-1 when it leads going into the locker room, with the lone loss coming to Baylor (11/27).
• Mississippi State's 13-point first half showing is the Lady Bulldog's lowest total in any half of the year. MSU's previous mark came when it scored 16 points in the first half against Arkansas (1/26).
• The total was also the second-fewest first-half points for a UT opponent this season as it gave up 11 points in the first half at Arkansas (1/8).

Double Time
• Two Lady Vols put up double-digit scoring efforts in the win over Mississippi State: Stricklen (22) and Burdick (10).
• With 22 points and 12 rebounds in the win, Shekinna Stricklen recorded her fourth double-double in the 2011-12 season.

Absent Behind the Arc
• Tennessee struggled from three-point range versus the Lady Bulldogs, going 1-of-9 (11.1 percent) from downtown in the win. The Lady Vols' first trey of the contest came at the 11:20 mark in the second half from Shekinna Stricklen.
• UT struggled from beyond the arc versus Auburn and South Carolina; the Lady Vols were 3-of-13 (23.1 percent) from three in the win over Auburn and 1-of-8 from three in the loss to South Carolina (12.5 percent).

Lights Out Off the Bench
• The Lady Vol bench was lights out in the first half with Williams, Burdick and Baugh combining for a perfect 6-of-6 showing from the floor.
• Tennessee's bench contributed 20 points in the win while Mississippi State's bench was held scoreless.

Turnover Troubles
• UT had trouble taking care of the rock against Mississippi State, recording 19 turnovers in the win -- 13 of which came in the first half.
• Tennessee gave up its season-high mark of 24 turnovers at Virginia (11/20).

Summitt's Staples
Defense...

• Tennessee held Mississippi State to 41 points in the win -- the third-lowest total for an opponent this season.
• The Lady Vols also held the Lady Bulldogs to 16 field goals in the contest -- the third-lowest mark for a UT opponent this season.

...And Rebounding
• Tennessee dominated the boards versus Mississippi State, winning the board game 59-37. UT's 59 boards were a season-high, surpassing its 56-rebound effort vs. Baylor (11/27).
• The Lady Vols collected 16 offensive boards which they converted to the tune of 12 second chance points.

On the Horizon
Approaching 1,100 Wins

•Eleven more wins will put Summitt at her next victory milestone: 1,100 wins.

Glory, Glory - Look Who's Boarding
Glory Johnson is currently second on the all-time rebounding list with 1,108 boards. With tonight's boarding effort, the senior forward surpassed the 1,100 rebound plateau.
• Her 15 rebounds tonight are a season-high for the senior as she tallied 14 at Arkansas (1/8). Her career-best mark is 18 rebounds which came versus Mississippi State last season (1/23/11).
• She needs 188 rebounds to catch program leader Chamique Holdsclaw, who pulled down 1,295 rebounds in her Lady Vol career.

Massengale Dishes `Em
• With one assist at Mississippi State, freshman point guard Ariel Massengale neared the rookie assist mark.
• She is 14 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.

Simmons So Close
• Sophomore Meighan Simmons needs six points to join the 800-point club in just her second year with the Lady Vols.

Up Next
• UT continues its visit to the Magnolia State with the Lady Vols' last regular season road contest at Ole Miss (2/19).
• Tennessee will finish the regular season at home with games versus Arkanasas (2/23) and Florida (2/26).

 

 

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