Postgame Notes: #4 Tennessee 81, #12 North Carolina 65

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Nov. 11, 2013


• Tennessee improved to 16-3 in the series..
• The Lady Vols won their fourth-straight against the Tar Heels in the series.
• The game marked the first time UT put a top-four ranking on the line with another ranked team since No. 3/3 Tennessee defeated No. 7/7 Miami 96-76 on Nov. 15, 2011 at home.
• Last season against North Carolina (Dec. 2, 2012), Tennessee trounced the Tar Heels 102-57 in Knoxville. Meighan Simmons had a standout game, scoring a career high 33 points, including 12 field goals, six rebounds, four assists and three steals.
• In 2012, the Lady Vols scored 36 points off of 30 Tar Heel turnovers.
• When playing in Chapel Hill, the Lady Vols improve to 6-2 against the Tar Heels.
Holly Warlick is now 1-1 in season openers as the Lady Vol head coach.


• 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 227 starts, collectively, after tonight's game.

• Simmons scored Tennessee's first shot of the game on its first possession just five seconds into the game.

• Sophomore Jasmine Jones was first off the Lady Vols' bench with 16:07 remaining in the first period. Freshman Mercedes Russell was next off the bench just one minute later.


• The win marked the best road game victory since the #6/6 Lady Vols defeated #11/11 Rutgers 67-61 on Dec. 13, 2011.
• Tennessee improved to 448-174 (.720) against AP top-25 teams; Holly Warlick is now 8-6 (.538) against AP Top-25 teams.

• The Lady Vols were 7-6 against ranked teams a year ago, including a 102-57 win over No. 22 North Carolina.


• Junior Ariel Massengale surpassed her career-best three pointers in a game with five, four coming from the first half and one from the second.
• Massengale also passed her career-best points and tied career rebounds in a game with 20 points and six rebounds, respectively. Her previous best was 19 points against Georgia in 2012 and six rebounds against Missouri last season.
Andraya Carter went a perfect 3-for-3 in field goals, including two threes and 2-for-2 on foul shots.
• Not to miss out on the action, freshman guard Jordan Reynolds hit one three with five total points.
• Massengale and Carter helped Tennessee to seven of their nine total three pointers - the most in a game since the Big Orange hit nine against Auburn on Feb. 21, 2013.


• Going into halftime, four Tennessee players carried two fouls a piece - Cierra Burdick, Isabelle Harrison, Meighan Simmons and Andraya Carter; only two North Carolina players carried two.
• Foul trouble limited Lady Vol starters from minutes on the court in the first half - Harrison played five minutes and Simmons played six.
Cierra Burdick was the only Lady Vol to foul out; Andraya Carter had four.
• North Carolina finished with 27 team fouls, giving Tennessee 28 chances from the line. The Lady Vols went 19-28 in free throws with sophomore Izzy Harrison leading the way with a perfect 6-6. Graves (2-2), Simmson (2-2) and Carter (2-2) were also perfect from the line.


• On the opening possession, Meighan Simmons shot two points to pass Lady Vol all-time scorer, Michelle Snow, with 1,498 points.


• Freshman Jordan Reynolds entered the game at 10:47 to go in the first and scored her first collegiate points with a three-pointer at 8:36 remaining in the first after playing, but not recording any statistics at Middle Tennessee.


• The Lady Vols held North Carolina to 65 points. UT held Middle Tennessee to 57 last Friday and UNC to 57 last season on Dec. 2, 2012.
• The Tar Heels shot 30.4 percent from the floor.


• The Lady Vols return home to host Chattanooga on Thursday and Georgia Tech on Sunday, both at 7 p.m., ET.
• After playing the Yellow Jackets, Tennessee will have played four games across a 10-day stretch before a Thanksgiving trip to the Junkanoo Jam in Freeport, Bahamas Nov. 28-29..




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