Feb. 17, 2013
THE SERIES With the win, UT improves to 20-5 overall and 11-1 in Southeastern Conference play.
The Lady Vols, which extend their winning streak to three straight against Vanderbilt, are now 62-8 all-time against the Commodores, and 28-0 at home.
Today's attendance was a season-high 14,716.
LIVE PINK Prior to tipoff, three checks of $15,000 were presented by Champions for a Cause to UT Breast Health Outreach Program, Kay Yow Cancer Foundation and the Brady James Foundation to help raise money for breast cancer research.
Head coach Holly Warlick presented a special pink game ball to her sister, Marion Ferrill, prior to the start of the game. Ferrill was diagnosed with breast cancer this past fall.
Good Morning America host and breast cancer survivor Robin Roberts was in attendance with head coach emeritus Pat Summitt.
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.
Simmons drained Tennessee's first bucket for the ninth time this year as she sank a jump shot.
Senior Kamiko Williams was the first off the bench for Tennessee.
STREAKING IN THE 20s Tennessee earned its 20th win on the season, marking the 37th-straight year the Lady Vols have recorded a 20-win campaign.
Holly Warlick is the first Lady Vol head coach to win 20 games in her first season at the helm. Pat Summitt went 16-8 in her first season (1974-75).
HOME COURT ADVANTAGE With the win, UT extends its winning streak at home over Vanderbilt to 28-0.
The Lady Vols are now 12-2 at home this season and 6-0 in league play at Thompson-Boling Arena.
It's the 26th-straight time the Lady Vols have won 12 or more games at home.
ALL ABOUT BALANCE The Lady Vols had five players record double-digit points against the Commodores.
It's the seventh time this season Tennessee has had five or more players score 10 or more points. It's the third time in the last four games for UT.
Junior guard Meighan Simmons led the way with 17 points, while Ariel Massengale (14), Bashaara Graves (13), Taber Spani (12) and Jasmine Jones (12) all tallied double figures for the Orange and White.
It's the 13th-consecutive and the 22nd time this season Simmons has scored 10 or more.
Spani, who has scored in double figures in every SEC game except Florida and LSU, has hit double digits in 11 of the last 13 games.
Graves picked up her 22nd double-digit effort of the season. Massengale and Jones have scored in double figures nine and five times this season, respectively.
The 14-point outing for Massengale marked a SEC-high this season.
Led by eight rebounds from Cierra Burdick, the Lady Vols had four players record five boards or more against the Commodores.
UT dished out 18 assists, with Massengale leading the way with five helpers.
Tennessee forced 14 turnovers, while grabbing six steals vs. Vanderbilt.
SIMMONS SHINES IN RECORD BOOK With Meighan Simmons' 17 points against the Commodores, she is now 25th on UT's all-time career scoring chart with 1,336 career points. She passed Alexis Hornbuckle (1,333).
Simmons' three 3-point buckets moves her up two places in a tie for fourth with Shekinna Stricklen on UT's all-time 3-point field goals made with 163.
THE PLACE TO BE IN TENNESSEE With a season-high 14,716 fans in attendance today, Tennessee's Thompson-Boling Arena has seen 56,173 fans come through its doors this weekend. On Friday, 19,779 people attended the 2013 Winter Jam concert, and a capacity crowd of 21,678 witnessed the Vol hoops team dismantle defending national champion Kentucky, 88-58, on Saturday.
AT THE HALF At the half, UT led Vanderbilt, 39-29.
Freshman Jasmine Jones had a team-best 10 points in the first 20 minutes of action with senior Taber Spani following with nine. Sophomore Ariel Massengale added eight.
Cierra Burdick led UT on the boards as she grabbed four in the first half.
The Lady Vols outrebounded Vanderbilt, 20-15, while producing eight VU turnovers.
UT tallied eight fastbreak points, as well as had eight second-chance points in the first half.
Tennessee shot 53.8 percent during the first 20 minutes.
UT is now 17-1 when leading at the half this season.
UP NEXT Tennessee continues its home stand as the Lady Vols welcome Auburn to Thompson-Boling Arena Thursday, Feb. 21 for a 7 p.m. ET contest. UT defeated the Tigers 75-66 earlier in the season in Auburn, Ala.