Nov. 15, 2008
Game Notes: San Francisco, November 15, 2008 (Game #1)
- Three Lady Vols did not play in today's game. Sophomore Vicki Baugh, sophomore Angie Bjorklund and redshirt-freshman Kelley Cain.
- This is the first meeting between the Lady Vols and the Dons. UT improves to 7-0 against the West Coast Conference all-time.
- Today's Lady Vol starters: Shekinna Stricklen, Glory Johnson, Alex Fuller, Cait McMahan, Sydney Smallbone. It is the first career start for Stricklen, Johnson and Smallbone; It is McMahan's second (11/28/2006 vs. Louisiana Tech) and the third for Fuller (1/2/2008 at DePaul, 1/18/2007 vs. Mississippi State). The same five started the second half.
- The 2014 NCAA Final Four has been awarded to Nashville. Head Coach Pat Summitt said "I'm thrilled for the state of Tennessee and specifically the city of Nashville for being awarded an NCAA Final Four Championship. It speaks volumes about the great sports fans we have in Tennessee and the appeal of the city of Nashville. I am confident the fans will show up in droves and provide for an unbelievable atmosphere. Nashville has hosted the SEC Tournament three times and it is always the finest run event. It is so great to have the Final Four back in Tennessee after Knoxville hosted the 1990 Final Four."
- Freshmen Shekinna Stricklen and Glory Johnson become only the 11th and 12th freshmen to ever start their first game in the Orange and White for Head Coach Pat Summitt. Last season, Angie Bjorklund became the 10th to join the elite group (Candace Parker, 2005; Shyra Ely, 2001; Ashley Robinson, 2000; Gwen Jackson, 1999; Kyra Elzy, 1996; Chamique Holdsclaw, 1995; Tiffani Johnson, 1994; Bridgette Gordon, 1985; Sheila Frost, 1985).
- UT opened the game on a 9-3 run. The game was tied twice in the first half (17-17 at 7:18 and 24-24 at 1:59), but the Lady Vols never trailed. UT's largest first half lead was the eight point margin right before the half.
- The game was never tied in the second half and the Lady Vols never trailed. UT's biggest lead of the second half was 31 at the 2:32 mark.
- When Glory Johnson came into the game at the 11:28 mark for senior Alex Fuller, the Lady Vols had five freshmen on the floor for the first time this season (Stricklen, Bass, Gray, Manning and Johnson). They were on the floor together until the 9:52 point.
- Head Coach Pat Summitt's career record now stands at 984-182 (.844), just 16 wins from number 1,000.
- The Lady Vols are back in action on Monday, Nov. 17, when the #15/15 Virginia Cavaliers come to Thompson-Boling Arena. The Cavaliers downed High Point 78-48 on Nov. 14.
- Started her first career game
- Had the game's first two points on a pair of free throws and made her first three free throws
- Posted a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds
Freshman Shekinna Stricklen:
- Started her first career game
Freshman Briana Bass:
- Made her first two career free throws
Freshman Alicia Manning:
- Missed her first career shot, a long two, but made her second a leaner in the lane
Freshman Amber Gray:
- Made her first career shot - a layup off an assist from Bass at the 10:19 point in the first half
Sophomore Sydney Smallbone:
- Recorded her third career block on a 3-point attempt by Rheina Ale at the 14:39 mark of the second half
Sophomore Cait McMahan:
- Made her first basket of the season - a long two at the 6:10 mark
Senior Alex Fuller:
- Made the game's first basket at the 17:21 mark