It was the 13th-straight game Tennessee has utilized the lineup, and the Lady Vols are now 12-1 with the quintet.
Tennessee won the tip for the 29th time this season.
Burdick scored the Lady Vols' first basket with a jumper. It's the third time this season that the junior has scored UT's first points.
Mercedes Russell was first off the bench for Tennessee, the ninth time this season the freshman has been called upon first.
Junior point guardAriel Massengalewas on the bench. She suffered a facial injury during that game and missed Texas A&M (Jan. 26), Arkansas (Jan. 30), Alabama (Feb. 2), Ole Miss (Feb. 6) and Vanderbilt (Feb. 10). She was on the bench, but did not play against Kentucky (Feb. 16), Auburn (Feb. 20), South Carolina (March 2), LSU (SEC Tournament - March 7) and Texas A&M (SEC Tournament - March 8). She also missed at the Missouri (Feb. 23) and LSU (Feb. 27) away games.
ALL-TOURNAMENT / MVP
Isabelle Harrison averaged 19 points, 10 rebounds in three games at the Tournament. Entering the championship game, she averaged 20.5 points (fourth among tournament players) and 12.5 rebounds (first among tournament players) per game.
Tennessee has had 15 SEC Tournament MVPs through the years, with a Lady Vol winning four of the last five awards.
SIMMONS JOINS ELITE CLUB
With senior Meighan Simmons' 17 points, she becomes just the fifth Lady Vol in program history to score 2,000 or more points during her UT career.
The 2,000-point club includes Chamique Holdsclaw (3,025), Bridgette Gordon (2,462), Candace Parker (2,137) and Tamika Catchings (2,113).
FIVE MINUTES LEFT
At the five minute mark, UT trailed, marking just the fifth time this season Tennessee has been behind with five minutes left to play.
When the Lady Vols are trailing with five minutes left, UT is 1-4.
Tennessee trailed in all three games of the SEC Tournament, coming back for victories in all three contests.
Tennessee trailed by as many as 10 points, 18-8, with 13:57 left in the first half.
UT took back the lead, 52-51, with 8:35 left in the game thanks to two free throws from Harrison.
It is the sixth come-from-behind win for Tennessee this year. UT trailed by: 15 at Alabama; 15 vs. LSU (SEC Tournament); 14 at MTSU; 10 to Virginia; 10 to Texas A&M; 8 to Arkansas.
BURDICK BIG ON THE BOARDS
Cierra Burdick led the team with 10 boards, marking her fourth straight game with double digit boards and fifth in the last six contests.
REYNOLDS SHINES IN WIN
Tennessee freshman Jordan Reynolds played an instrumental role in the win over Kentucky.
Reynolds had a career-high 11 points, 4-of-6 from the field and 3-for-3 in free throws.
PAINTING THE TOWN ORANGE
Tennessee has outscored its opponents in the paint, 138-84, in the last three games, including 50-34 vs. Texas A&M and 52-18 vs. LSU.
UT outscored UK, 36-32, in points in the paint.
With Isabelle Harrison's 16 points, she recorded her 29th game (of 32) this season, and 48th of her career scoring in double digits.
Entering the championship game, Tennessee had a +20 rebound margin, outworking their opponents 48.0 to 28.0 on the glass.
UT outrebounded UK, 39-34, with Cierra Burdick leading the way with 10 boards.