Feb. 27, 2011
#4/4 Tennessee Game Notes: vs. LSU - "Senior Day", Feb. 27, 2011, Game #30-28-2, 16-0 SEC
The 2010-11 Tennessee Lady Vols become the ninth Tennessee squad to go undefeated in SEC league play.
Junior Glory Johnson averaged a double-double in SEC league play with 13.7 ppg and 10.3 rpg. She's the first Lady Vol since Candace Parker in 2006-07 to perform the feat in conference play.
Tennessee shot 56.3 percent from three (9-of-16) - its best mark this season.
Tonight's starters: senior Angie Bjorklund, senior Sydney Smalbone, freshman Meighan Simmons, junior Glory Johnson and junior Shekinna Stricklen.
A three-point swish by Smallbone put the Lady Vols up 7-1 three minutes into the game. On the next possession, Simmons made her second jumper to stretch the lead to 9-1.
LSU missed its first six shots before Katherine Graham made a jumper at the 16:05 mark to make the score 9-3. The Lady Tigers started the game 1-for-11.
Tennessee made seven of its first eight shots, as Simmons made her first three shots - all long two-point jumpers. Bjorklund and Stricklen combined for 12 straight points over a one-minute, 30-secnod span in the first half. Bjorklund started the run with a three at the 9:20 mark and capped it by nailing a three-pointer while getting fouled and completed the four-point play to put Tennessee ahead, 32-10, with 7:56 left in the first half. Spani made the run 14-0 on jumper with 7:08 left in the half.
Manning and Bjorklund hit back-to-back three-pointers to put the Lady Vols ahead 44-20 with 3:25 left before the break.
The Tigers capped the first half on an 11-0 run. LSU hit three straight three-pointers over a 40-second span Adrienne Webb hit a pair of treys sandwiched around a LaSondra Barrett trifecta to make the score 44-29 with 1:37 left before the break and force Pat Summitt to use Tennessee's first timeout. Barrett added a pair of free throws with 47 seconds left in the half to end the run and make the halftime score, 44-31.
A three-pointer by LSU's Courtney Jones cut UT's lead to 67-57 with 2:58 left in the game.
Manning made two steals in the final minute of the game to seal the victory. Her steal and layup with one minute left put the Lady Vols up 73-59.
Stricklen drilled a three-pointer at the buzzer.
The win tonight...
Gives UT 19 straight wins since its loss at Baylor on Dec. 14.
Gives UT 27 consecutive SEC regular season victories.
Gives UT 34 consecutive home wins. It's UT's fourth-longest home winning streak all-time.
Gives UT a 339-20 (.944) record all-time at Thompson-Boling Arena.
Gives UT a 41-12 record all-time versus LSU.
Gives UT a 305-40 record all-time in SEC league games.
Head Coach Pat Summitt's career record now stands at 1,065-198 (.843) all time.
The No. 1-seeded Tennessee Lady Vols face the winner of the 8/9-seed matchup between Florida and Arkansas in the SEC Women's Basketball Tournament second round on Friday at Noon CT on FSN in the at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. The Gators and Razorbacks will play on Thursday at Noon CT.
Senior Angie Bjorklund
Earned her 110th career start, tying her for 10th on the all-time Lady Vol career starts list. Bjorklund went 4-for-4 from three to score 17 points - her first double-figure contest since Jan. 15. She shot 6-of-10 from the field.
Senior Sydney Smallbone
Captured her 10th career start. Scored a season-best six points on 2-of-2 shooting from behind the arc.
Junior Glory Johnson
Secured her 10th double-double of the season and 20th of her career with 15 points and 16 boards as well as two blocks.
Junior Shekinna Stricklen
Nabbed her 10th double-double of the season and 16th of her career with 17 points and 11 rebounds.