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Postgame Notes: Tennessee 87, Georgia Tech 76

Nov. 17, 2013

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POSTGAME NOTES

THE SERIES

  • Tennessee has won all six meetings with Georgia Tech, dating back to 1987.
  • The Lady Vols have started the season at 4-0, the first time since they started at 6-0 in the 2010-11 season.
  • Four of the five previous meetings with the Yellow Jackets have been a top-5 Tennessee team versus an unranked Georgia Tech team; this year remains the same with Georgia Tech receiving votes from both the AP and Coaches' Poll.
  • The Lady Vols last played the Yellow Jackets Nov. 11, 2012 for a 71-54 decision in Atlanta.
  • The last time Georgia Tech played Tennessee in Knoxville was in 1989, where the Lady Vols claimed an 88-71 victory.
  • Tennessee is 112-22 all-time vs. teams in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

REBOUNDING

  • Isabelle Harrison and Bashaara Graves claimed a career highs in rebounds with 18 each -- the most in a game since Glory Johnson had 21 rebounds against DePaul on March 19, 2012.
  • The Lady Vols finished with 65 team rebounds, Georgia Tech finished with 38.
  • Tennessee also took pride in its offensive rebounds, obtaining 20 in the first half and 13 in the second, making for 33 total. UT's 33 offensive rebounds were the team's most since hauling down 34 vs. Arkansas on Jan. 10, 2000.
  • Rebounds of note: Graves had 18, Harrison 18 and Burdick eight.
  • In the first half, Tennessee out-rebounded Georgia Tech 33 to 18.

BEAST GRAVES

  • Picked as a preseason All-SEC first team, Graves stood up to her expectations with a double-double in the first half, scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds.
  • Only to improve, Graves finished with career-high-tying 23 points and a career-high 18 rebounds.
  • Graves hit the most field goals she has in a game this season, at nine. Her previous record was five vs. Chattanooga.
  • She also surpassed free throws in a game, previously two, with five.

QUICK START

  • The Lady Vols played an intense first half, scoring the most points they have all season in the first 20 minutes, with 44.
  • Bashaara Graves scored the most points she has in the first half all season with 14 points and Mercedes Russell tied her most points in the first half with six, which she also got against Chattanooga.
  • Tennessee shot 15-for-19 on free throws in the first half and also forced 10 Yellow Jacket turnovers.
  • At halftime, Isabelle Harrison was three points away from her own double-double.
  • The Lady Vols had acquired 33 team rebounds at the half; Georgia Tech only 18.
  • Tennessee held Georgia Tech to less steals, less blocks, more turnovers and more team fouls in the first half.
  • Going into halftime, one Yellow Jacket player had four fouls and two players had three a piece.

DOUBLE-DOUBLES

  • Sophomore and returning SEC freshman of the year, Bashaara Graves acquired her first double-double of the season in the first half with 14 points and 11 rebounds. She finished with 23 points and 18 rebounds.
  • Not far behind, sophomore Isabelle Harrison got her own double-double with four minutes remaining in the game. She finished with 10 points and 18 rebounds.
  • Graves' double-double marks her 11th career game in double figures scoring and rebounding and is her 12th double-figure rebound game.
  • In 2012-13, two players had double-doubles in a game four times.
  • Graves and Harrison both had double-doubles once before, on Dec. 30, 2012 against Rutgers.

THE FRESHMAN CONNECTION

  • Reynolds to Russell for the layup - at first it was the Oregon connection when freshman Jordan Reynolds passed two consecutive drives to Russell in the paint for a layup.
  • Carter to Russell for the layup... then it was the redshirt freshman to the 6-foot-6 freshman on the inside for another layup. Both guards, Reynolds finished with two assists and Carter with three.

DEFENSE IS BACK

  • With new fouling rules in college basketball, the Lady Vols struggled their first few games learning what was and was not allowed, but with three games under their belt, they had four less team fouls than any game prior. UT committed just 14 fouls vs. GT.
  • Previously, Tennessee had 33 against Middle Tennessee, 18 against North Carolina and 27 against Chattanooga.

UP NEXT

  • The Lady Vols have one more home game to end a three-game home stretch and four games in 10 day stretch on Sunday, Nov. 24, against Oakland.

 

 

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