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Postgame Notes: No. 11/10 Tennessee 83, Auburn 61



Feb. 21, 2013

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THE SERIES

• With the win, UT improves to 21-5 overall and 12-1 in the SEC and increases Tennessee's first-place lead in the SEC to a full game over Kentucky (11-2).
• Tennessee is now 38-10 all-time over the Tigers, and 18-2 at home. The Lady Vols have won the last six consecutive games against Auburn.
• The Lady Vols have won 15-straight home games against Auburn, with the last loss in Knoxville against the Tigers coming 25 years ago.
• Today's attendance was 10,806.

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.
• Senior Taber Spani drained Tennessee's first bucket for the second time this year as she swished a three-pointer.
• Freshman Jasmine Jones was the first off the bench for Tennessee.

SPREADING THE OFFENSE

• Junior Meighan Simmons led the scoring effort with 24 points.
• Along with Simmons, Spani (16), Burdick (15), Graves (14) and Massengale (10) also hit double digits in scoring marking the eighth time this season five Lady Vols have hit double-digit scoring.
• Burdick led the effort on the boards as she pulled down a career-best 13 rebounds.
• Tennessee dished out a season-best 24 assists, with Massengale leading the team with a season-best 10 helpers, while Bashaara Graves dished out a career best five assists on the night.
• UT outscored the Tigers 36-26 in the paint, while notching 20 points off fast breaks.

DOUBLE-DOUBLE, DOUBLE-DOUBLE

• Two Lady Vols registered a double-double on the night, the third time this season that two Tennessee players had double-doubles on the same night.
• The last time UT recorded double-doubles with rebounds and assists in the same game came against Florida on Feb. 26, 2006. Three Lady Vols recorded a double-double in the 95-93 loss.
Candace Parker finished with 34 points and 15 rebounds, Tye'sha Fluker had 22 points and 16 rebounds and Shanna Zolman had 22 points and 10 assists in the game.
• Sophomore Cierra Burdick recorded her third double-double of the year and fourth career with 15 points and a career-best 13 rebounds
Ariel Massengale recorded her first career double-double using a layup with just 32 seconds remaning in the game to achieve the feat. She finished with 10 points and 10 assists on the night.

GIMME THAT

• Tennessee forced five Tiger turnovers within the first five minutes of action, while wrapping up the first half by producing 14 Auburn turnovers.
• UT forced 20 total Auburn turnovers throughout the game.

BATTLE OF THE BOARDS

• Tennessee outrebounded the Tigers 44-30, recording its 19th game this season grabbing more boards than its opponent.
• In the first half, UT outrebounded Auburn 20-13.

RAINING THREES

• The Lady Vols were 6-of-7 from the three-point range in the first seven minutes of action, and wrapped up the first half 7-of-10 in three field goals, including five 3-pointers in a row.
• The seven threes were most 3 FG in a half since the first half against Texas last year (Dec. 4, 2011), when the Lady Vols finished the game with 11 three pointers.
• UT finished the game with nine three-pointers, a season-high and the most since recording 10 threes against UT-Martin on Mar. 17, 2012 in the first found of the NCAA Tournament last season.
• It is the seventh time this season the Lady Vols have made seven or more field goals from the 3-point range.

TABER DRANI

• Senior Taber Spani continued her double-figure streak in SEC play as she has now scored in double-digits in 12 of the last 14 games notching 16 against Auburn.
• Spani was 3-for-3 in three-pointers in the first half, and finished the game with four three-pointers, tying her career best.

SIMMONS SHINES

• With Meighan SImmons' 24 points against the Tigers, she recorded her ninth game this season scoring 20 or more points.
• Simmons finished the game with four three-pointers.
• Simmons also snagged a career-best five steals and tallied seven rebounds

AT THE HALF

• At the half, UT led Auburn 44-21, the third SEC game that Tennessee has led by 20 or more at the break this season and eighth overall.
• Junior Meighan Simmons led the team in scoring with 13 points, while senior Taber Spani added 11.
• Sophomore Cierra Burdick led Tennessee on the boards as she grabbed eight in the first half.
• The Lady Vols outrebounded the Tigers 20-13, while producing 14 Lady Commodore turnovers.
• UT tallied eight fastbreak points, as well as had eight four chance points in the first half of action.
• Tennessee shot 50 percent during the first 20 minutes, and was 7-10 from the three-point field goal range.

ELZY RECOGNIZED AS UT'S SEC LEGEND

• Prior to tipoff, former Lady Vol and current assistant coach Kyra Elzy was recognized as Tennessee's representative in the 14-member SEC 2013 Class of Women's Legends.

UP NEXT

• Tennessee travels to Arkansas to face the Razorbacks on Sunday in a 2 p.m. ET contest on the SEC Network.
 

 

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