March 2, 2012
BY THE NUMBERS
7: The win over Vanderbilt pulls head coach Pat Summitt closer to her next win plateau. Seven more wins will put her at the 1,100-win milestone.
19: Including tonight's victory Tennessee has won 19 consecutive SEC Tournament Second Round games dating back to 1994.
23: Lady Vol alumna No. 23 Chamique Holdsclaw was honored at halftime of tonight's contest as she was recognized in the 2012 class of SEC Greats.
50: Tennessee hit 26 of 52 shots from the floor in the win over Vanderbilt, shooting at a 50% clip. The Lady Vols also hit 50% of their shots from three in the second half.
With the win Tennessee improves to 60-8 in the all-time series versus Vanderbilt dating back to the 1975-76 season.
Tennessee is now 10-2 in postseason meetings with Vandy, including a 9-2 mark in the conference tournament.
Tennessee has claimed 24 of the last 26 games with the Commodores, splitting the regular season series with Vanderbilt before tonight's win.
This is the second game with these five lining up for the opening tip. The Lady Vols are now 2-0 sporting this lineup combination.
These starters lined up for the opening tip of the Lady Vols' Senior Day win over Florida (2/26).
Lady Vol alumna Chamique Holdsclaw was honored at halftime of tonight's contest as she was recognized in the 2012 class of SEC Greats.
Holdsclaw played for Tennessee from 1995-99 and was selected as a Kodak All- American in each of her four Lady Vol seasons.
She was named the Naismith Player of the Centrury and her number 23 hangs from the rafters in Thompson-Boling Arena as it has been retired.
Halftime on Hold
Halftime was extended a total of 29 minutes as inclement weather came through the Nashville area. Play resumed after the extended intermission.
Rivalry Fills Seats
The Tennessee/Vanderbilt rivalry has put more bodies in seats than any other UT series this season. Tonight's game attracted 8,594 fans, setting the season mark for neutral site attendance.
VU put 12,034 fans in Memorial Gym Feb. 9 -- the Lady Vols' away attendance record this season. The home game against Vanderbilt set UT's second-best mark for attendance at home this season with 17,879 fans in attendance.
In the SEC Tourney
Tennessee has won seven consecutive SEC Tournament games dating back to March 2010 and 19 consecutive Second Round games dating back to 1994.
The Lady Vols last bowed out in this round to Georgia, 73-72, March 6, 1993 and have only dropped four second-round games in the event's history.
UT has an all-time record of 67-17 in the SEC Tournament, including 15 tournament titles.
In It to Win It
The Lady Vols have won the conference tournament the last two seasons; they come to Nashville looking to defend their back-to-back crowns.
Wouldn't You Like to Know
At the Half
The Lady Vols led Vanderbilt at halftime, 35-27. Tennessee has led at intermission of 21 games. Tennessee has trailed at the half of six contests and has been tied in the other three contests.
Tennessee is now 20-1 when they lead going into the locker room, with the lone loss coming to Baylor (11/27).
The duo took over offensively with the score 43-40. Stricklen put up 12 points while Johnson chipped in nine.
Stricklen led the Lady Vols with 18 points, all of which came in the second half.
Big Lead for Big Orange
Tennessee led by as many as 19 points (3:44 in the first half ) in the win, but Vanderbilt cut the UT lead to one point at 41-40 (14:11 in the second half) before the Lady Vols surged again to an 11-point win.
Vandy's only lead of the game came with 19:02 in the first half. There was one lead change in the game, and after claiming the lead, UT did not trail again.
Take Away the Trey
Tennessee held the nation's fourth-best three-point shooting team to just 17.4% accuracy from beyond the arc.
Christina Foggie, the nation's fourth-best three-point shooter at 42.9 percent, was held to a 25% clip (2-8) against the Lady Vols.
On the Horizon
Approaching 1,100 Wins
Seven more wins will put Summitt at her next victory milestone: 1,100 wins.
Glory, Glory - Look Who's Boarding
Johnson is currently second on the all-time rebounding list with 1,144 boards.
She needs 152 rebounds to catch program leader Chamique Holdsclaw, who pulled down 1,295 rebounds in her Lady Vol career.
The Lady Vols continue their SEC Tournament ride as they will face No. 6 seed South Carolina, Saturday at 5 p.m. CT/6 p.m. ET.