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Postgame Notes: #10 Kentucky 78, #8 Lady Vols 65



March 3, 2013

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THE SERIES

• With the loss, UT is now 23-6 overall and 14-2 in the SEC.
• Tennessee is now 49-9 overall against the Wildcats and 19-7 when playing in Lexington. • Today's attendance was 7,965.

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.
• Williams made Tennessee's first bucket for the first time this year as she swished a jump shot.
• Sophomore Cierra Burdick the first off the bench for Tennessee.

SPREADING THE OFFENSE

Meighan Simmons led the scoring effort for the Lady Vols with 16 points
• Four Lady Vols tallied double-digit scoring including Bashaara Graves with 12 and Cierra Burdick and Taber Spani with 11.
• Graves notched her 26th game this season in double figures as she finished with 12 against the Wildcats.
• Before suffering an ankle injury in the first half, Kamiko Williams was on track for her third career double-double as she had nine points and seven rebounds in the first half. She finished with the same stat line.

SIMMONS SHINES

Meighan Simmons led the scoring effort with 16 points, the 17th time this season she has led the Lady Vols in scoring
• It also marked the 26th time she has recorded double-digit scoring, and she is currently on a 17 games double-digit scoring streak.
• It was also the 21st game this season Simmons has recorded 15+ points in a game.

DOUBLE-DOUBLE FOR 11

Cierra Burdick recorded her fifth double-double of the season, sixth career with an 11 point, 11 rebound effort against Kentucky.
• The double-double was her third in the last four games
• Burdick is averaging a double-double in the last four games heading into the postseason as she has averaged 11.5 points and 10.8 rebounds during that time.

BATTLE OF THE BOARDS

• Tennessee outrebounded the Wildcats, 43-37, recording its 22nd game this season grabbing more boards than its opponent.
• Led by Cierra Burdick (11), the Lady Vols had five players with five or more rebounds against Kentucky.
• In the first half, UT outrebounded the Wildcats 24-17.

TURNING IT OVER

• The Lady Vols gave up a season-high 31 turnovers against Kentucky besting the previous season high of 26 registered in the first game of the season at Chattanooga on Nov. 9, 2012.
• The 19 turnovers in the first half is a season high. The previous most UT had gave up in a half was 17 at Chattanooga.

AT THE HALF

• At the half, Tennessee trailed 36-32 to Kentucky.
• Freshman Bashaara Graves led the team with 10 points at the halfway mark, followed by senior Kamiko Williams who added nine.
• Williams led the Big Orange in rebounds as she brought down seven, all defensive, in the first 20 minutes.
• The Lady Vols outrebounded the Wildcats 24-17, while producing six Kentucky turnovers.

UP NEXT

• Having already secured the top seed of the SEC Tournament with a win over Texas A&M, the Lady Vols will play on Friday, March 8 at noon against the winner of the No. 8 Arkansas vs. No. 9 Florida game. That matchup will be broadcast live on SportSouth.
 

 

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