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NCAA Postgame Notes: #2 Tennessee 68, #10 Creighton 52

March 25, 2013

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NCAA Tournament Notes

• Today's game marked the first meeting between the two teams and the Lady Vols now hold a 1-0 series edge.
• 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.
• The Lady Vols will move on to the Sweet Sixteen for the 31st time in 32 years.
Holly Warlick improves to 2-0 in the NCAA tournament
• Making its fifth overall and second-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, Creighton finishes the 2012-13 season at 25-8. The 25 wins mark the Jays' second-highest win total in program history. The program record is 28, set in 1991-92.
• 25 victories in a single season are the most of Coach Jim Flanery's 11-year head coaching career.
• Creighton is now 3-5 all-time in the NCAA Tournament. Coach Jim Flanery has been on the Jays' staff for every NCAA Tournament game.
• The Lady Vols are hosting the NCAA First/Second round games for the 14th time
• With the win, the Lady Vols improve to 114-23 in the NCAA Tournament, first in games played and victories in NCAA tournament history.
• In the first and second rounds, UT boasts a 50-1 record during those games.
• UT is 52-0 all-time in home NCAA games, including 20-0 in the second round.
• Tennessee is 16-2 at home this season and 2-0 in the postseason while now Creighton is 5-2.
• The Lady Vols will advance to play Oklahoma in Oklahoma City in the Sweet 16. Tennessee leads the all-time series against the Sooners by a 4-1 margin. The last meeting was on Jan. 3, 2010 in Knoxville, a 96-75 win for the Lady Vols.

Tennessee Notes

• With the win the Lady Vols improve to 26-7 on the season and advance to the Sweet Sixteen for the 31st time in 32 years
• In their final game playing in Thompson-Boling Arena, the two seniors each recorded double-digit scoring for the Lady Vols as Kamiko Williams had a team-best 15 points and Taber Spani followed with 10.
• Williams' 15 points are an NCAA best for the senior. Her previous NCAA high was six points against Ohio State on March 26, 2011.
• At the half, the Lady Vols led Creighton 35-29. It's the third year in a row Tennessee has had close games at the halfway point of NCAA Second Round games (DePaul, 3/20/12, +5; Marquette, 3/21/11, +4).
• Sophomore Ariel Massengale went 2-for-3 from the three-point line, to finish the first two games of the NCAA Tournament 5-of-7 in treys.
• Massengale finished the game with 11 points and two assists.
• With junior Meighan Simmons' two 3-pointers of the night, she has made 64 three-pointers this season, a season-best of three-point field goals made from her freshman campaign. It ranks ninth all-time on UT's threes made in a single season.
• Simmons' 10 points against Creighton moved her into 22nd on UT's all-time career scoring chart, surpassing Angie Bjorklund (1,469). Simmons now has 1,470 career points through three seasons in the Big Orange and White. Tonight's game marked the 22nd game that Simmons has registered double-digit scoring dating back to Dec. 28, 2012.
• The Lady Vols held the Jays to their lowest amount of 3-pointers made in a game this season allowing just four on 22 attempts (.182)
• On the offensive front, the Lady Vols shot a season best .600 from behind the arc connecting on 6-of-10 3-pointers on the night.
• Tonight's game marked just the second time that Creighton made fewer 3-point field goals than their opponent (Drake, March 3, 2013 DU-7 CU-6)

Creighton Notes

• The Jays, who entered the contest ranked second in the country in 3-point field goals made per game (9.3) and 16th in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage (.359), converted just 4-of-22 attempts on Monday.
• Creighton's four 3-point field goals are the fewest the Jays have made this season, while its 18.2 percent 3-point shooting clip is also the lowest of the campaign.
• Tonight's game also marked only the second time this season the Jays have been out-shot from behind the 3-point arc in terms of made treys. UT netted six, while Creighton finished with only four.
• Despite being the 205th-ranked team in the country in rebounding margin and the Lady Vols being the 25th-best in the category, the Jays out-boarded UT by a 35-29 margin.
• Sarah Nelson, who became Creighton's 25th player to reach 1,000-career points on Saturday, added three points against the Lady Vols to bring her career total to 1,017.
• Nelson is just the 12th Bluejay to record 1,000 points and 600 rebounds in her career. She contributed five boards on Monday night to bring her career mark to 646.
• Creighton's 302 3-pointers made this season are a single-season program record, besting the previous mark of 260 treys in 2003-04. It's the third-highest made amount in the nation this season, behind FGCU (319) and UT Martin (305).
• Sophomore forward Alexis Akin-Otiko netted 12 points against the Lady Vols, marking her fourth double-digit scoring performance of the season. Akin-Otiko made a career-best six free throws on 6-of-6 shooting from the stripe.
• Although she did not attempt any on Monday, McKenzie Fujan's free throw streak of 26-straight remains intact. The Jays' record is 40 in a row, set by Sam Schuett (2006-11).
• Point guard Marissa Janning is just the fourth Jay in Creighton history to score at least 400 points in her freshman season. She finishes her rookie season with 417 points.
• Creighton is one of nine schools to advance to the round of 32 in both the men's and women's NCAA Tournaments. In addition to the Jays, California, Duke, Kansas, Iowa State, Louisville, Michigan, Michigan State and North Carolina had men's and women's teams in the round of 32.
 

 

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