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Postgame Notes: Tennessee 74, South Carolina 58



March 3, 2012

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Numbers of Interest
3: Tennessee committed only three turnovers in the second half with the first giveaway of the period coming with three minutes to play in the contest.

6: The win over South Carolina pulls head coach Pat Summitt closer to her next win plateau. Six more wins will put her at the 1,100-win milestone.

8: Including tonight's victory, Tennessee has won eight consecutive SEC Tournament games dating back to March 2010.

16: With the win, Tennessee advances to the SEC Tournament Championship game. The Lady Vols look for their 16th tournament title.

20: Tennessee has now won the last 20 games in which it takes the lead into intermission. UT boasts a 21-1 record in all games leading at the half.

To Note
The Series

• With the win, Tennessee improves to 44-3 in the all-time series versus South Carolina dating back to the 1979-80 season.
• Tennessee is now 5-1 in postseason meetings with Vandy, including a 3-0 mark in the conference tournament.
• With the victory, UT returns to its winning ways in the series. Before dropping this year's regular season faceoff, UT held a 40-game win streak against USC.

For Starters
• Today's starters -- the senior class: Briana Bass, Alicia Manning, Glory Johnson, Shekinna Stricklen and Vicki Baugh.
• This is the third consecutive game with these five lining up for the opening tip. The Lady Vols are now 3-0 sporting this lineup combination.
• These starters lined up for the opening tip of the Lady Vols' Senior Day win over Florida (2/26) and Saturday's SEC Quarterfinal win over Vanderbilt (3/2).

Tournament Tidbits
In the SEC Tourney

• Tennessee has won eight consecutive SEC Tournament games and three consecutive second round games, both dating back to March 2010.
• The Lady Vols last bowed out in this round to Auburn, 78-58, March 7, 2009.
• UT has an all-time record of 68-17 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 South Carolina 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 21-1 when it leads going into the locker room, including the last 20 straight, with the lone loss coming to Baylor (11/27).

Glory Goes Off
• Johnson led UT in scoring with 23 points in the win, just two shy of her SEC Tournament-high mark of 25 set against Florida last season (3/4/11).
• She collected the 34th double-double of her career with 10 rebounds on top of her stellar scoring performance. Her 10-board total is one rebound shy of her SEC Tourney-best 11 rebounds set in last season's Florida contest.

Stricklen Does it Again
• Senior Shekinna Stricklen failed to score in the first half of tonight's contest, going 0-of-3 from the floor in the game's first 20 minutes.
• Just as she did in the SEC Quarterfinal, Stricklen came alive in the second half and put up double-digits in the win, shooting 5-of-10 for 16 points.

Baugh Goes Boarding
Vicki Baugh pulled down 10 rebounds in the win over South Carolina -- her personal SEC Tournament high. Her previous best was eight boards, set Friday against Vanderbilt.

Scoring on South Carolina
• Tennessee put up 74 points on a South Carolina team ranked fourth in the nation in scoring defense.
• USC has given up an average of 49.5 points per contest this season. UT tacked on an extra 24.5 points in the victory.

Take Care of the Rock
•Tennessee committed only three turnovers in the second half with the first giveaway of the period coming with three minutes to play in the contest.
• The Lady Vols totaled 10 in the game. Their season-low mark of eight came versus Alabama.

Lady Vol Staples
Defense...

• UT tallied five blocks and four steals in the win over South Carolina, forcing seven Gamecock turnovers.
• Tennessee never trailed by more than two points in the game (11:23 first half).

And Rebounding
• Tennessee won the board game with South Carolina, pulling down 38 boards to the Gamecocks' 30.
• The Lady Vols pulled down 13 offensive boards that they converted to 11 second chance points.

On the Horizon
Approaching 1,100 Wins

• Six 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 1,154 boards.
• She needs 142 rebounds to catch program leader Chamique Holdsclaw, who pulled down 1,295 rebounds in her Lady Vol career.

Up Next
• The Lady Vols look to claim their third-consecutive SEC Tournament crown. They will face Lady Vol alumna Nikki Caldwell and LSU Sunday at 5 p.m. CT.

 

 

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