Nov. 20, 2011
NUMBER OF INTEREST
1: Week until the Lady Vols return to action. UT will host Baylor next Sunday at 2 p.m. ET.
8: Tennessee's eight-game road winning streak was snapped.
19: Shekinna Stricklen now has 19 career double-doubles, after posting 16 points and 14 rebounds today.
22: Game-high points for Taber Spani, who matched her career high in leading the Lady Vols.
29: Points each team scored in both the first and second halves. Deadlocked at 58, Tennessee played its 42nd overtime contest.
Despite the loss, the Lady Vols own a 12-4 series record against Virginia. The Lady Vols are now 1-2 in Charlottesville.
In 2009 Tennessee traveled to Virginia and played in front of the largest crowd for a women's hoops game at the John Paul Jones Arena -- 11,895 spectators.
UT carried an eight-game road winning streak into the game at UVa. Prior to today, UT's last road loss was at #2/3-ranked Baylor (65-54) on Dec. 14, 2010.
Tonights starters: senior Glory Johnson, senior Shekinna Stricklen, junior Taber Spani, sophomore Meighan Simmons and freshman Ariel Massengale.
The loss was Tennessee's first time out with this starting five (0-1 record).
Tennessee is 28-14 all-time in overtime games.
The most OT games in a year was tied in 2003-04 with four as the Lady Vols went 3-1 in overtime losing to Georgia, 68-66, and defeating Auburn, 68-61, DePaul, 96-89, and Stanford, 70-66.
It tied the mark set in 1996-97, when the Lady Vols were 3-1 in overtime contests losing to Georgia, 94-93, and defeating Texas, 68-65, Vanderbilt, 92-79 and LSU, 100-99.
UT's 22 points in the OT against Florida (2-3-05), was the most ever scored by the Lady Vols in a single overtime.
UT's last OT affair was a 82-72 win over Stanford on Dec. 19, 2010, at home.
UT's last OT loss prior to today was December 22, 2007 when the Lady Vols fell at Stanford, 69-73.
Dropping Double Digits
Three Lady Vols put up double figure scoring efforts against Virginia: Taber Spani (22), Shekinna Stricklen (16) and Glory Johnson (15).
Stricklen posted her first double-double of 2011-12 with 16 points and 14 boards in the loss.
UT has averaged 4.3 players in double-digit scoring in each of the first three games.
Tennessee committed 24 turnovers, its highest mark of the season. It was the most for the Lady Vols since also turning it over 24 times at Kentucky on Feb. 7, 2011.
Virginia took advantage of UT's turnover woes, scoring 27 points off of them.
With 16 points and 14 rebounds, Shekinna Stricklen posted her first double-double of the season and 19th of her career.
Stricklen's 14 rebounds were the most by a Lady Vol this season and matched the second-highest total of her career. Her personal-best came in a 16-rebound effort against South Carolina (Jan. 20, 2011). She also had 14 rebounds against Baylor as a sophomore (Nov. 15, 2009).
Taber Spani led the Lady Vols in scoring for the second consecutive game by matching her career high with 22 points, the most by a UT player this season.
Spani also dropped 22 against Rutgers (Dec. 30, 2010) last season.
It marked the second time this season Spani has scored at least 20 points.
Freshman Ariel Massengale has at least shared the team lead in assists in all three games this season, after recording a game-high seven Sunday against the Cavaliers.
Massengale is averaging seven assists per game so far this season.
She became the first Lady Vol to foul out this season, committing her fifth foul in overtime.
We're Going Streaking
Lady Vol senior Shekinna Stricklen has the nation's longest starting streak entering the 2011-12 season.
Including today, Stricklen has started 107 consecutive games.
On the Horizon
Glory Johnson needs 109 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.
Following the game with Virginia, the Lady Vols will enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday in Knoxville in preparation of hosting the number one team in the nation in the Baylor Lady Bears. Tip will be at 2 p.m. on Nov. 27 and the game can been seen on ESPN.