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Postgame Notes: #8 Lady Vols 82, #13/15 Texas A&M 72



Feb. 28, 2013

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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.
 

 

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