March 23, 2013
NCAA Tournament Notes Today's game marked the second meeting between the two teams, and the second in the NCAA First Round a 94-55 victory for the Lady Vols in West Lafayette, Ind. on March 23, 2008.
The game marked the first NCAA Tournament win for head coach Holly Warlick
The Lady Vols are making their 32nd appearance in the NCAA Women's Basketball Championship, the only program in the nation to appear in all 32 tournaments.
Oral Roberts is competing in its sixth NCAA Tournament and first since 2008.
The last time the Golden Eagles made the tournament they faced off against the Lady Vols.
With the loss, Oral Roberts remains winless (0-5) in NCAA Tournament history.
The Lady Vols are hosting the NCAA First/Second round games for the 14th time
With the win, the Lady Vols improve to 113-23 in the NCAA Tournament, first in games played and victories in NCAA tournament history.
In the first and second rounds, UT boasts a 49-1 record during those games
UT is 51-0 all-time in home NCAA games, including 20-0 in the first round.
With a 21 point victory today, Tennessee has won 47 NCAA tournament games by at least 20 points.
Tennessee is 15-2 at home this season and 1-0 in the postseason while Oral Roberts suffers their first neutral site loss and drops to 2-1 in 2012-13.
Tennessee Notes All 10 Lady Vols that played in today's game scored at least one basket. It's the 14th time this season that the entire lineup scored for the Lady Vols.
All 10 Lady Vols that saw action against the Golden Eagles also grabbed at least one rebound.
Tennessee's 31 bench points are the most for the Lady Vols since netting 35 points off the bench in a 75-40 win over Davidson on Dec. 28, 2012.
The Lady Vols' 10 fast-break points are the most since recording 20 in an 83-61 win against Auburn on Feb. 21, 2013.
In the first seven minutes of action, Meighan Simmons already had reached double figures, her 20th game this season scoring 10 or more points. She ended the contest with a team-leading 18 points.
With Simmons' 18 points against Oral Roberts, she surpassed Cindy Brogdon (1,458) on UT's all-time career scoring chart. Simmons now has 1,460 career points and ranks 23rd in the Lady Vol record books.
The junior guard led the Lady Vols in scoring for the 19th time this season and 39th time of her career. She's tallied 15 or more points for the 23rd time this season and for the ninth time in the last 10 games.
Sophomore Isabelle Harrison made her first appearance back in three weeks after missing time due to a knee injury. She finished with seven points, five rebounds and three blocks. Her three blocks were the most in an NCAA game for the sophomore.
Sophomore Ariel Massengale made a season-high three 3-pointers, marking a NCAA best for the guard. She also recorded her 12th game this season scoring in double figures, with her 13 points against Oral Roberts marking a NCAA career high.
Oral Roberts Notes The Lady Vols snapped Oral Roberts' four-game win streak with the 83-62 win
Senior guard Kevi Luper, who became the 48th player in NCAA Division I history to top the 2,500 point mark on January 2, 2013 against Southeastern Louisiana finished her career second among NCAA Active leaders, behind Brittney Griner, with 2,867 points.
Luper entered today's game with 2,847 points and with her 20 points registered against the Lady Vols she finishes her career in 14th place on the NCAA all-time career points list.
Sarah Shelton set a career high for blocked shots with six against the Lady Vols besting her previous best of four set against McNeese State on Jan. 26, 2013.
The six blocked shots marked the first time since January 11, 2005 that an Oral Roberts player had 5+ blocked shots when Claudia Louis had five against Southern Utah
The six blocked shots were also the most for a Tennessee opponent in 2012-13 besting LSU's Theresa Plaisance's five blocked shots against the Lady Vols on Feb. 7, 2013
As a team, Oral Roberts finished the game with 10 blocks tying the Thompson-Boling Arena opponent record of 10 set by Baylor Nov. 27, 2011.
Senior guard Jaci Bigham, the ORU career assists leader with 668 added to her total with two has recorded against UT finishing the season with 209, shy of the school record 231.
Oral Roberts entered the game with a 3-point shooting percentage of .380, fifth in the country.
Today against the Lady Vols the Golden Eagles were 7-for-23 for a shooting percentage of .304.