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Postgame Notes: No. 11/10 Tennessee 60, Arkansas 54

Feb. 24, 2013

Recap |  Box Score

TENNESSEE TIDBITS

• Tennessee is now 24-2 all-time and 12-1 on the road against the Razorbacks

• The Lady Vols improve to 22-5 on the season and 13-1 in the SEC
• The Lady Vols overcame a nine-point halftime deficit to win the game, the largest halftime deficit overcome this season to win.
• The Vols previously overcame a five-point halftime deficit (27-32) against Auburn on Jan. 17, 2013 to win 75-66.
• This marks the Lady Vols fourth comeback in the second half this season and the largest overall comeback since being down by 12 to Middle Tennessee on No. 28, 2012.

• Today's attendance was 3,050.

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 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 18 points.

• Along with Simmons, Spani (14), and Graves (11) also hit double digits.

• Graves led the effort on the boards as she pulled down nine rebounds.

• Tennessee dished out nine assists, with Ariel Massengale leading the team with four helpers

 

 

SECOND HALF SURGE

• Tennessee outscored Arkansas 22-8 to open the second half, including a 10-0 run over a two minute period to take a 43-36 lead.
• The Lady Vols used the surge to notch their 13th SEC victory of the year, extending their first place lead.

BATTLE OF THE BOARDS

• Tennessee outrebounded the Razorbacks 46-33, recording its 20th game this season grabbing more boards than its opponent.

• In the first half, UT outrebounded Arkansas 22-17.

TABER DRANI

• Senior Taber Spani continued her double-figure streak as she has now scored in double-digits in 13 of the last 15 games notching 14 against Arkansas.
• Spani has hit double digits in 12 of 14 SEC games.

SIMMONS STARTS AND SHINES

• With her 27th start this season in as many games, Meighan Simmons played in her 100th game as a Lady Vol against the Razorbacks.
• Simmons led the team with 18 points, while recording her 19th game this season with 15 or more points.

HARRISON RETURNS

Isabelle Harrison made her first appearance in a game since suffering a knee injury against Notre Dame on Jan. 28
• The sophomore played just three minutes taking one shot and pulling down two rebounds.

AT THE HALF

• At the half, UT trailed by nine, 28-19, to the Razorbacks, the most the Lady Vols have trailed at the halfway mark since Stanford on Dec. 22, 2012 (12).

• Junior Meighan Simmons led the team with seven points, while freshman Bashaara Graves and senior Taber Spani added five.

• Graves led the team in rebounds as she brought down six in first half. Simmons grabbed four.
• The Lady Vols outrebounded the Razorbacks 22-17.

• Tennessee shot 26.9 percent during the first 20 minutes, the third-lowest shooting percentage in the first half this season (Baylor, 17.9 percent; Stanford, 25.6 percent).

UP NEXT

• Tennessee return to Rocky Top to face Texas A&M in the final home game of the season on Thursday at 7 p.m. ET.
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