March 26, 2011
#1-seed Tennessee Game Notes: vs. #4-seed Ohio State - Dayton Regional Semifinal Mar. 26, 2011, Game #36-34-2
Starters: senior Angie Bjorklund, freshman Meighan Simmons, redshirt junior Kelley Cain, junior Glory Johnson and junior Shekinna Stricklen.
Cain scored Tennessee's first six points in the first one-minute, nine seconds.
Back-to-back Prahalis jumpers followed by a pair of free throws from the OSU point guard gave the Buckeyes a 26-21 lead with 9:42 to go in the half.
Simmons' three at 4:25 in the first half gave the Lady Vols a 34-33 lead and tied the Lady Vol team single-season mark for treys at 237.
Shekinna Stricklen beat the halftime buzzer with a contested jumper from just outside the key to cut Ohio State's lead to just two points - 42-40 - at the break.
The Buckeyes shot a remarkable 66.7 percent (16-of-24) in the first half. That's the best any opponent has shot in a half against UT this season. The previous best was 62.5 percent by Stanford in the second half on Dec. 19.
OSU point guard Samantha Prahalis had a wide open fast break layup after a UT turnover, but Simmons sprinted the length of the court for an emphatic swat at the 16:42 mark in the second half. She then hit back-to-back baskets, a layup and a jumper to put UT up 50-46 with 15:40 remaining the game.
Stricklen's three with 9:15 left in the contest put the Lady Vols up 61-57 and set the Tennessee single-season team three-pointers record at 238. The old record of 237 was set in 2007-08.
Sophomore Taber Spani made a putback and followed it with a long two-pointer to give the Lady Vols a 69-60 lead with 6:59 remaining in the game.
Kamiko Williams' jumper with 3:33 left in the game put the Lady Vols ahead 75-66.
The first free throw of the second half didn't come until Stricklen stepped to the line with 1:03 left.
Ohio State shot just 39.6 percent in the second half, but still finished at 50 percent for the game - an opponent best this season.
The win tonight...
Gives UT 25 straight wins since its loss at Baylor on Dec. 14. It's the second longest winning streak in UT history.
Gives UT a 9-1 record versus Ohio State all-time and a 2-0 record against the Buckeyes in the NCAA Tournament.
Gives UT a 45-5 record all-time versus the Big Ten
Gives UT a 6-2 record versus the Big Ten in the NCAA Tournament.
Gives UT a 109-21 record (.838) all-time in the NCAA Tournament.
Gives UT a 7-2 record against ranked teams in 2010-11.
Head Coach Pat Summitt's career record now stands at 1,071-198 (.844) all time.
Gives the Lady Vols a 24-5 record all-time in the Sweet 16.
Allows UT to advance to its 24th Elite Eight.
Gives the Lady Vols an 80-14 mark all-time in the NCAA Tournament as a No. 1 seed
#1-seed Tennessee will play the winner of the Notre Dame/Oklahoma in the Dayton Regional Final on Monday at 7 p.m.
Redshirt Junior Kelley Cain
Had her first double-figure scoring game since Jan. 20. She finished with 16 points on 8-of-10 shooting (tying the best shooting percentage by a Lady Vol this season). Cain started for the 18th time this season, but first since Feb. 10 versus Florida.
Senior Angie Bjorklund
Tied her NCAA Tournament-best with seven assists.
Freshman Meighan Simmons
Scored 17 points on 7-of-13 shooting, dished five assists, made two steals and recorded two blocks.
Junior Shekinna Stricklen
Scored 20 points on 7-of-12 shooting and grabbed seven boards.