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Tennessee vs. Middle Tennessee Postgame Notes

Nov. 9, 2013

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POSTGAME NOTES

THE SERIES

  • Tennessee stayed unbeaten in the all-time series with Middle Tennessee, improving to 21-0 against the Blue Raiders, including 5-0 when playing in Murfreesboro.
  • In 2012 against Middle Tennessee, #16/14 Tennessee used a 10-0 run in OT to win 88-81 in Knoxville on Nov. 28 after trailing by four, 39-35, at the half.
  • With 11,227 fans at the Murphy Center on Friday night, that attendance mark ranked as the second-largest gathering for a women's basketball game at Middle Tennessee.
  • Friday night's crowd was larger than any crowd the Lady Vols played in front of in 2012-13 on the road. The biggest last season was at Vanderbilt (10,154).

FOR STARTERS

  • Tonight's starters: sophomore Bashaara Graves, junior Cierra Burdick, junior Isabelle Harrison, junior Ariel Massengale and senior Meighan Simmons.
  • The group of five starters have 222 starts, collectively, after tonight's game.
  • Simmons scored Tennessee's first shot of the game, a two-pointer, to follow Middle Tennessee's game-opening three.
  • Andraya Carter joined Graves, Burdick, Massengale and Simmons in the second-half starting lineup, sparking the Lady Vols to a 14-0 run to open the second 20 minutes.

FOR OPENERS

  • The Lady Vols improved to 36-4 in season openers since 1974, including 6-0 in road contests.
  • Holly Warlick is now 1-1 in season openers as the Lady Vol head coach.

FOULS EVERYWHERE

  • The Lady Vols got into foul trouble early, with 15 fouls whistled on the team in the first half. Isabelle Harrison picked up her third foul after playing only seven minutes in the first half at the 3:41 mark. She then picked up her fourth foul with 9:21 remaining in the contest.
  • At halftime, Cierra Burdick, Bashaara Graves, Jasmine Jones and Andraya Carter all were saddled with two fouls a piece.
  • In the first half, Graves only played four minutes, Harrison played seven and Jones only three
  • Bashaara Graves fouled out with 1:10 remaining; it is only her second career time fouling out.
  • Five other players finished with four fouls a piece: Burdick, Carter, Harrison, Jones, Burdick and Simmons.

THE COMEBACK

  • Tennessee was down by 12 at the half and came back with a 14-0 run to move ahead by two, 36-34, with 13:58 remaining in the game.
  • With seven total lead changes and four times that the game was tied, Middle Tennessee last led with 10:17 remaining in the game.
  • Tennessee trailed Middle Tennessee in 2012 at the half, 39 to 35. Tennessee also had a comeback win after trailing by nine, 28-19, at the half at Arkansas in 2013.

SIMMONS MOVES UP

  • Senior Meighan Simmons scored nine points to move into 20th on UT's all-time career scoring list.
  • Simmons, who now has 1,496 points during her career, moved past Daedra Charles (1,495) on Friday night.
  • Just ahead of Simmons is Michelle Snow (19th, 1,497) and Gwen Jackson (18th, 1,508), with Cindy Noble standing 17th with 1,561.

ROOKIE DEBUTS

  • Tennessee's two true freshmen, Jordan Reynolds and Mercedes Russell saw their first game action as Lady Vols.
  • Russell was the first player off the bench at 17:41 and tallied 11 points, nine of them coming from the second half. She also recorded seven rebounds and an assist in 22 minutes.
  • Reynolds came off the bench at 10:56 and played 12 minutes in her career-opener as a Lady Vol. She did not score or snare a rebound.

JUST ENOUGH FREE THROWS

  • Tennessee finished the game 20-of-28 from the free throw line, shooting .714 percent.
  • The Lady Vols hit 17-of-23 in the second half (.739) to aid themselves in outscoring Middle Tennessee, 45-23, over the final 20 minutes.
  • Ariel Massengale nailed eight of nine, Andraya Carter knocked down all four of her attempts and Meighan Simmons tossed in four of her five tries.

UP NEXT

  • The Lady Vols return home briefly before departing for Chapel Hill, N.C., where they will play #12/11 UNC on Monday night at 9 p.m. on ESPN2.
  • The contest is part of the ESPN "College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon," featuring more than 24 hours of consecutive basketball coverage over Mon., Nov. 11, and Tues., Nov. 12.

 

 

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