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Postgame Notes: Tennessee 80, Chattanooga 56

Nov. 14, 2013

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POSTGAME NOTES

THE SERIES

  • The win against Chattanooga marks the first time the Lady Vols have started the season 3-0 since the 2010-11 season.

  • The Lady Vols are 6-0 in home openers against Chattanooga.

  • Tennessee is 25-7 overall against Chattanooga, with the Mocs winning last year's decision 80-71 in Chattanooga when the Lady Mocs upset the No. 20/16 Lady Vols in Holly Warlick's first game as a head coach.

  • Tennessee vs. Chattanooga was tied at halftime both last year (28-28) and this year (32-32).

NO PLACE LIKE HOME

  • Tennessee is 41-4 in home openers since 1969, winning the past 13 in a row, as well as 25-1 in home openers since Thompson-Boling's opening in the 1987-88 season.
  • The Lady Vols are 16-2 under Holly Warlick's leadership in home openers.
  • Tennessee will stay at home for three games straight over the next 11 days.
  • The last home opener loss was Nov. 14, 1999, when No. 2/2 Tennessee dropped a 69-64 decision to No. 6/6 Louisiana Tech in the State Farm Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic.

MASSENGALE FOR THE THREE

  • With four 3-pointers on the night, Ariel Massengale has a total of nine threes on the season. Massengale only had 11 total three-pointers during the 2012-13 season.
  • As a junior, Massengale has 68 threes during her career.
  • Massengale shot 4-for-5 three-pointers on the night.
  • The first three games of the season are Massengale's best three back-to-back-to-back scoring games of her career.
  • She scored 12 at Middle Tennessee, 20 at North Carolina and 16 against Chattanooga.

BACK FROM HALFTIME

  • Tennessee came back from halftime with the score tied at 32 to go on a 21-4 run until 13:07 minutes remaining.
  • The Lady Vols held the Lady Mocs to 22.9 percent shooting in the second half.
  • Tennessee outscored 48-24 Chattanooga in the second half.
  • In the first three games of the season, the combined scores of Lady Vols verses opponents in the first half is 94-94. In the second half, the Lady Vols have come out of the break strong against every opponent, outscoring them, 134-84.

STILL IN FOUL TROUBLE

  • Still adjusting to the new foul rules in basketball, Tennessee went into halftime with eight fouls, which is the least amount of fouls for the Lady Vols this season going into halftime.
  • Tennessee shot 13 free throws on the night.
  • Starters Isabelle Harrison and Bashaara Graves got into foul trouble early in the second half, obtaining three a piece.
  • One of Chattanooga's players fouled out with more than six minutes remaining in the game and XX had four a piece.

AWESOME BENCH PRODUCTION

  • Tennessee's 37 bench points were the Lady Vols' most since scoring 51 against Alcorn State on Nov. 25, 2012.

18TH ALL-TIME

  • During the first half, Meighan Simmons scored four points to tie the Lady Vol all-time scoring record at 18 with Gwen Jackson (1,508 points).
  • In the second half, Simmons scored six to secure her place as the No. 18 scorer in Tennessee history with 1514 total points.

FIRST POINTS FOR NIA

  • Making her season debut, sophomore Nia Moore entered the court at 9:07 remaining in the first half.
  • Moore scored for the first time this season with a layup at 1:24 to go in the first. She finished with four points, five rebounds two blocks.

A PERFECT CARTER

  • Continuing her streak, redshirt freshman Andraya Carter remains with a 1.000 shooting percentage for free throws.
  • Against Chattanooga, she went 2-for-2 against free throws.
  • Carter was 1-for-1 from 3-point range. She has missed just two shots through three games.
  • On the season, Carter is shooting 75 percent for field goals, including 5-of-6 on threes.

UP NEXT

  • The Lady Vols now have three home games in a row after the first two games of the season came on the road, Nov. 8 at Middle Tennessee and Nov. 11 at North Carolina.
  • The Lady Vols will next host Georgia Tech on Sunday, Nov. 17. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. ET and the game will be televised on FOX Sports South/FOX Sports Tennessee.
  • Fans can also listen to Sunday's game on the radio, via the Lady Vol Network.
  • After another home game Nov. 24 against Oakland, the team will travel on a Thanksgiving trip to the Junkanoo Jam in Freeport, Bahamas Nov. 28-29.

 

 

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