March 4, 2012
3: The win marks the third-consecutive year in which Tennessee has captured the Southeastern Conference Tournament crown.
5: The win over Louisiana State pulls head coach Pat Summitt closer to her next win plateau. Five more wins will put her at the 1,100-win milestone.
9: Including tonight's victory Tennessee has won nine consecutive SEC Tournament games dating back to March 2010.
16: With the win, Tennessee collects its 16th Southeastern Conference Tournament title. The Lady Vols now have 16 regular season and 16 tournament crowns.
21: Tennessee has now won the last 21 straight games in which it takes the lead into intermission. UT boasts a 22-1 record in all games leading at the half.
In the SEC Tourney
Tennessee has won nine consecutive SEC Tournament games and has prevailed in its last six title game appearances (2012, 2011, 2010, 2008, 2006, 2005).
UT has an all-time record of 69-17 in the SEC Tournament, including 16 tournament titles.
In It to Win It
The win marks the third-consecutive year in which Tennessee has captured the Southeastern Conference Tournament crown.
With the win, Tennessee collects its 16th Southeastern Conference Tournament title. The Lady Vols now have 16 regular season and 16 tournament crowns.
With the win, Tennessee improves to 43-12 in the all-time series versus Louisiana State dating back to the 1977-78 season.
Tennessee is now 12-4 in postseason meetings with LSU.
With the victory, Tennessee continues its recent winning ways over the Tigers. The Lady Vols have won the last six consecutive meetings in the series, including this season's regular season matchup. UT topped LSU 65-56 in Knoxville Jan. 19.
Today's starters -- the senior class: Briana Bass, Alicia Manning, Glory Johnson, Shekinna Stricklen and Vicki Baugh.
This is the fourth consecutive game with these five lining up for the opening tip. The Lady Vols are now 4-0 sporting this lineup combination.
These starters lined up for the opening tip of the Lady Vols' Senior Day win over Florida (2/26) , Saturday's SEC Quarterfinal win over Vanderbilt (3/2) and yesterday's semifinal win over South Carolina.
First-year LSU head coach Nikki Caldwell played for the Lady Vols (1990-94) and was a member of the 1991 NCAA Championship team. She played her prep days at nearby Oak Ridge High School.
Lady Tiger assistant Tasha Butts is also in her first year at LSU. She donned the Orange and White from 2000-2004.
A Staffer Has, But Never a Player
Summitt has faced many former players and assistant coaches through the years as opposing head coaches, but no former Lady Vol player has ever knocked off her mentor.
Nikki Caldwell is now 0-2 versus Summitt as a head coach, first losing at UT 61-47 while the skipper at UCLA Nov. 28, 2009.
Wouldn't You Like to Know
At the Half
The Lady Vols led LSU at halftime, 35-30. Tennessee has led at intermission of 23 games. Tennessee has trailed at the half of six contests and has been tied in the other three contests.
Tennessee is now 22-1 when it leads going into the locker room, including the last 21, with the lone loss coming to Baylor (11/27).
Johnson Does it Again
Johnson led UT in scoring for the second-consecutive night with 20 points in the win, after putting up 23 points in the semifinal win over South Carolina (3/3).
The post player opened the game with a three pointer as the shot clock was about to expire. It was the second trey of her career, also hitting one vs. Auburn on Jan. 28, 2010.
She collected the 35th double-double of her career with 10 rebounds on top of her stellar scoring performance. Her 10-board total matches her performance against USC and one rebound shy of her SEC Tourney-best 11 rebounds set in last season's Florida contest.
Same Story from Stricklen
Senior Shekinna Stricklen had a slow first start again today, scoring two points in the first half of tonight's contest.
Just as she did in the SEC Quarterfinal and Semifinal, Stricklen came alive in the second half and put up double-digits in the win, shooting 5-of-13 for 16 points.
The Mantra Holds True
LSU won the shooting game, hitting attempts at a 52.2% efficiency, topping Tennessee's 41.4% clip.
The Lady Vols won the rebounding game, however, pulling down 39 boards to LSU's 23 rebounds -- a +16 margin.
On the Horizon
Approaching 1,100 Wins
Five 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 1,164 boards.
She needs 132 rebounds to catch program leader Chamique Holdsclaw, who pulled down 1,295 rebounds in her Lady Vol career.
The Lady Vols await selection Monday (March 12) when they will be given their NCAA Tournament destination.