Feb. 28, 2013
THE SERIES With the win, UT improves to 23-5 overall and 14-1 in the SEC, securing the SEC regular season title outright.
Tennessee is now 3-0 all-time over the Aggies.
Today's attendance was 12,213. The Lady Vols entered the contest as the No. 1 team in the nation in home attendance. UT finishes the regular season with an average attendance at Thompson-Boling Arena of 11,992.
SENIOR NIGHT Prior to tipoff, seniors Taber Spani and Kamiko Williams were recognized for all their accomplishments in the last four years as Lady Vols.
Spani and Williams have helped UT win three regular season SEC championships and three SEC tournament titles.
Tennessee is 115-20 overall and 56-6 in the SEC during the pair's time in Knoxville.
The duo has helped produce two NCAA Elite Eight appearances and a Sweet 16 showing thus far.
THE SEC TITLE Securing the outright SEC title tonight, Tennessee has now won 17 regular -season championshps, including three in the past four seasons.
As head coach, it's the first SEC regular season championship for first-year leader Holly Warlick.
Warlick is the second SEC rookie head coach to win the league's regular season title and the third SEC head coach to win the title in their first year.
Pokey Chatman is the other first-year head coach to win in his first season, claiming the title with LSU in 2005.
The Lady Vols now have 33 combined SEC regular season and tournament championships.
FOR STARTERS Today's starters: freshman Bashaara Graves, senior Taber Spani, senior Bashaara Graves, sophomore Ariel Massengale and junior Meighan Simmons.
Simmons is the only Lady Vol to start every game this season.
Simmons made Tennessee's first bucket for the 10th time this year as she swished a jump shot.
Freshman Jasmine Jones the first off the bench for Tennessee.
TAKING DOWN THE RANKS With the win over Texas A&M, Tennessee improves to 7-3 vs. top-25 teams this season.
All-time, UT is now 447-171 against top-ranked opponents.
SECURING THE LEAD When leading with 10 minutes to play, the Lady Vols improve to 21-0 this season. When leading with five minutes to go, UT is now 20-0 on the campaign.
SPREADING THE OFFENSE The Lady Vols had five score in double figures for the ninth time this season.
Kamiko Williams led the scoring effort with a career-best 18 points.
Along with Williams, Simmons (17), Burdick (15), Graves (14) and Isabelle Harrison (10) hit double digits in scoring.
The SEC's leading scorer, Simmons has now scored in double figures in 17-consecutive contests and 25 of UT's 28 games this season.
Burdick led the effort on the boards as she pulled down a career-best 14 rebounds to record her fourth double-double of the season.
It was the first time Harrison notched double-digits in over a month, since netting 14 against Alabama. All 10 of her points came in the second half.
The Lady Vols shot 48.5 percent from the floor, including a 57.1 shooting clip in the second half.
The Tennessee bench outscored the Aggies' reserves by a commanding 25-7 margin.
BATTLE OF THE BOARDS Tennessee outrebounded the Aggies, 44-27, recording its 21st game this season grabbing more boards than its opponent.
Led by Burdick's 14, the Lady Vols had four players with five or more rebounds against Texas A&M.
In the first half, UT outrebounded Texas A&M 20-15.
MIKO'S MARK Senior Kamiko Williams notched her sixth game in double figures this season and the 17th of her career, tallying a career-high 18 points against the Aggies.
Scoring the Lady Vols first four of the stanza, Williams finished with 10 second-half points.
BURDICK ON THE BOARDS Sophomore Cierra Burdick stepped up down low for the Lady Vols as she grabbed a career-best 14 rebounds, including an impressive nine on the offensive end.
She recorded her fourth double-double this season and the fifth of her career as she scored 15 points and grabbed 14 boards.
AT THE HALF At the half, UT led Texas A&M, 37-32.
Junior Meighan Simmons led the team in scoring with 11 points, while senior Kamiko Williams and sophomore Cierra Burdick added eight apiece.
Burdick led Tennessee on the boards as she grabbed nine in the first half.
The Lady Vols outrebounded the Aggies 20-15, while producing nine Texas A&M turnovers.
The Big Orange ended the opening half on a 12-2 run.
UP NEXT Tennessee travels to Kentucky to face the Wildcats on Sunday in a 3:30 p.m. ET contest. That game will be broadcast on ESPNU.
Securing the top seed of the SEC Tournament, the Lady Vols will play on Friday, March 8 at noon against the winner of the No. 8 vs. No. 9 seeds. That matchup will be broadcast live on SportSouth.