Nov. 13, 2011
BY THE NUMBERS
5: Number of Lady Vols with double-digit scoring numbers agains Pepperdine: Johnson, Simmons, Stricklen, Spani and Bass.
14: Lining up for the opening tip against Pepperdine, freshman Ariel Massengale became only the 14th Lady Vol to make a start in her first game for Tennessee.
24: With 17 points and 13 boards tonight, Glory Johnson posted the 24th double-double of her career.
20: The Lady Vols outrebounded Pepperdine by 20, 54-34, led by Glory Johnson's game-high 13.
186: Pepperdine is the 186th all-time opponent to face the Lady Vols in women's basketball.
The Lady Vols have a 35-3 record in opening day contests under Pat Summitt.
Tennessee has won the last 12 consecutive openers dating back to dropping a 69-64 decision to #6-ranked Louisiana Tech on Nov. 14, 1999, in Thompson-Boling Arena.
Tennessee has taken on six of the nine teams in the West Coast Conference all-time and sports a 10-0 (1.000) record. Tennessee has a 57-10 record all-time against teams from the state of California.
UT is 5-0 in games played on Nov. 13 with all five wins coming at home.
Tonights starters: redshirt senior Vicki Baugh, senior Glory Johnson, senior Shekinna Stricklen, junior Taber Spani and freshman Ariel Massengale.
Lining up for the opening tip against Pepperdine, freshman Ariel Massengale became only the 14th Lady Vol to make a start in her first game for Tennessee.
Johnson posted her 24th career double-double, dropping 17 points and 13 boards against Pepperdine. Her last double-double came on March 28th when she had 12 points and 14 boards against Notre Dame.
Five Lady Vols put up double figure scoring efforts against Pepperdine, led by Johnson(17). Stricklen (13), Simmons (13), Spani (11) and Bass (10) joined her.
Tennessee for Three
The Lady Vols shot 62.5% from behind the arc, including an amazing 8-of-10 in the second half.
UT shot over 50% from three six times in 2010-11 and most recently completed the feat against Kentucky in the SEC Tournament Championship Game (3/6/11).
Fast Break Forces
The Lady Vols scored 20 fast break points as compared to Pepperdine's two.
Ariel Massengale, Cierra Burdick and Isabelle Harrison all played in their first game for the Lady Vols. Harrison pulled down an impressive eight rebounds in just 13 minutes, while Burdick tallied seven points, two assists and two blocks in 16 minutes.
We're Going Streaking
Tennessee has won 37 consecutive contests in Thompson-Boling Arena.
The Lady Vols last loss at home was against Duke, 62-54, on Feb. 16, 2009.
The University of Tennessee's Thompson-Boling Arena is still the toughest women's basketball arena in the nation to secure a win. The Lady Vols have fashioned a 342-20 all-time record on "The Summitt" for a 94.47 winning percentage since the doors were opened in 1987.
Lady Vol senior Shekinna Stricklen has the nation's longest starting streak entering the 2011-12 season.
Including today, Stricklen has started 105 consecutive games and is joined in the elite club by a pair of players on upcoming UT opponent rosters.
DePaul senior forward Keisha Hampton has started 102 consecutive games while Miami's (Fla.) Shenise Johnson has been in the starting five for 99 consecutive games.
Summitt Receives Courage Award
Before today's tip against Pepperdine, the United States Sports Academy presented Lady Vol Coach Pat Summitt the Mildred "Babe" Didrickson Zaharias Award for Courage.
The Courage Award is presented annually to an individual who demonstrates courageous action in overcoming adversity to excel in sport. This individual should exhibit the qualities of courage, perseverance, grace, and strength in sport achievement.
On the Horizon
Approaching 1,100 Wins
Twenty-eight more wins will put Pat Summitt at her next victory milestone: 1,100 Ws.
Glory's rebounds - Glory Johnson needs 124 rebounds to reach the 1,000 career boards plateau, making her the fourth in school history to tally 1,000 pts. and 1,000 reb.
The Lady Vols face the first ranked opponent of the season when the #7/7-ranked Miami Hurricanes (1-0) roll into town on Tues., Nov. 15 for a 6 p.m. contest.
UT's first road test will come a week from today at Virginia. Tennessee takes on the Cavaliers in a 2 p.m. tip at John Paul Jones Arena. ESPN3 will have the action.