Postgame Notes: Tennessee 63, DePaul 48

March 20, 2012

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Numbers of Interest
0: With the win tonight, Tennessee boasts a blemishless record in the NCAA Tournament Second Round (24-0) and against the Blue Demons of DePaul (20-0).

3: The win over DePaul pulls head coach Pat Summitt closer to her next win plateau. Three more wins will put her at the 1,100-win milestone.

21: Johnson collected 21 rebounds in the win. The last time a Lady Vol pulled down 20-plus rebounds in a game was 3/16/91 when Daedra Charles recorded 22 boards.

30: With the win, Tennessee advances to its 30th Sweet 16 appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

111: Tennessee has now tallied 111 wins in the NCAA Tournament - the best of any DI program, men's or women's. UNC and UK men are tied with 107 tourney wins each.

Tournament Tidbits
In the NCAA Tourney

• The Lady Vol program stands alone as the only team in the country to be selected to every NCAA Tournament there has been -- a total of 31 trips. UT has also played in more tournament games than any other team, totaling 133 contests.
• UT has an all-time record of 111-22 in the NCAA Tournament, including eight national titles.

In the Second Round
• Tennessee is 24-0 all time in the NCAA Tournament's second round. Overall, UT is 48-1 all-time in first and second-round games.
• Coming into today's game, Tennessee had scored an average of 22.6 more points than their second round opponents. They won today's game by a margin of 15 points.

Up Next
• The Lady Vols await the results of the other Second Round games of teams in the Des Moines Regional. Tennessee will take on the winner of the No. 3 Delaware v. No. 11 Kansas contest in the Sweet Sixteen on Saturday, March 24.

Glorified Rebounds
• Johnson collected 21 rebounds in the win -- her season, career and NCAA Tournament-best performances. Her 21-board total is the best mark put up by a Lady Vol this season, breaking her own mark of 15 rebounds set at Mississippi State (2/16).
• The last time a Lady Vol pulled down 20-plus rebounds in a game was March 16, 1991 when Daedra Charles pulled down 22 boards vs. Southwest Missouri St., also an NCAA Tournament game.
• Despite her monster night on the boards, Johnson scored only eight points for UT, ending her consecutive games in double-figures at seven.

The Series
• With the win, Tennessee improves to 20-0 in the all-time series versus DePaul dating back to the 1990-91 season.
• UT completes the season sweep of the Blue Demons with the win. The two teams met in the Maggie Dixon Classic where the Lady Vols came out on top, 84-61, at Madison Square Garden December 11.
• Tennessee is now 2-0 in postseason meetings with DePaul. The only other postseason meeting in the series came March 22, 2004 when UT topped the Blue Demons, 79-59, in the NCAA Second Round in Tallahassee, Fla.

For Starters
• Today's starters -- the senior class: Briana Bass, Alicia Manning, Glory Johnson, Shekinna Stricklen and Vicki Baugh.
• This is the sixth consecutive game with these five lining up for the opening tip dating back to senior day, February 26.
• The Lady Vols are now 6-0 sporting this lineup combination.
• These starters lined up for the opening tip of the Lady Vols' Senior Day win over Florida (2/26) and all three wins in the Southeastern Conference Tournament and Saturday's NCAA First Round victory over Tennessee-Martin.

Wouldn't You Like to Know
At the Half

• The Lady Vols led DePaul at halftime, 28-23. Tennessee has led at intermission in 25 games. Tennessee has trailed at the half of six contests and has been tied in the other three contests.
• Tennessee is now 24-1 when they lead going into the locker room, including wins in the last 23, with the lone loss coming to Baylor (11/27).

Baskets from the Bench
• The Tennessee bench came up big for the second straight game, accounting for 19 Big Orange points. In comparison, the DePaul bench contributed two points in the contest.
• The Lady Vol bench put up 38 points in Saturday's First Round win over Tennessee-Martin.

Seniors Step it Up
• After a quiet night against UT Martin on Saturday, Stricklen showed up against DePaul, scoring 17 points on 6-of-13 shooting in the win.
• Her 17-point performance is three points shy of her personal NCAA Tournament best, trailing a 20-point performance versus Ohio State in last year's Sweet Sixteen (3/26).
Vicki Baugh put up 16 points on 8-of-11 shooting in the win -- one point shy of her season and career best. The total topped her previous NCAA Tournament best mark of 12 points against Purdue (3/25/08).

Own the Glass
• Tennessee dominated the rebounding game versus DePaul, pulling down 51 rebounds to the Blue Demons' 31.
• The Lady Vols came up with 17 offensive boards that they converted into 14 second chance points in the win.

On the Horizon
Approaching 1,100 Wins

• Three 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 1,197 boards. • She trails program leader Chamique Holdsclaw by 100 rebounds; Holdsclaw pulled down 1,295 rebounds in her Lady Vol career.





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