Nov. 25, 2012
THE SERIES The Lady Vols earn the win in the first meeting between Alcorn State
Tennessee is now 4-0 all-time against Southwestern Athletic Conference opponents. Today's attendance was 10,609.
FOR STARTERS Today's starters: sophomore Cierra Burdick, freshman Bashaara Graves, sophomore Ariel Massengale, junior Meighan Simmons and freshman Andraya Carter.
Carter, Burdick and Simmons have started every game this season, while Graves has started the last four.
For the second-straight game, junior guard Meighan Simmons was the first to score for the Lady Vols with a 3-pointer.
Sophomore center Isabelle Harrison was the first substitution in for Tennessee.
SPREADING THE OFFENSE AROUND Six Lady Vols hit double-digits in scoring as junior Meighan Simmons tallied a team-best 12 points. Cierra Burdick, Isabelle Harrison, Jasmine Jones, Taber Spani and Kamiko Williams each added 10 a piece.
Jones, Simmons , Spani and Carter were perfect from the line as Jones went 2-2, Spani finished the game 2-2, Simmons was 3-3 and Carter finished 2-2 in free throws.
Three Lady Vols each finished with seven rebounds (Jasmine Jones, Isabelle Harrison and Nia Moore)
FIRST YEAR FIRSTS Freshmen Nia Moore and Jasmine Jones both scored in double figures for the first time in their Lady Vol careers, finishing with 10.
Fellow freshman Bashaara Graves is the only Lady Vol to score in double digits in all five games this season as she notched 14 at Chattanooga, 18 at Georgia Tech, 18 against Rice, 20 at Miami and 10 against Alcorn State.
JUCO transfer Jasmine Phillips netted her first points as a Lady Vol on a layup with 2:31 remaining in the first half.
TENNESSEE HOLD `EM In the last four games, Tennessee has held its opponents under 35 percent shooting from the field, and held three of those four teams to under 20 percent 3 pt shooting.
Alcorn State 22.6 percent (18.2 3FG), Miami 31.9 percent (19.0 3FG), Rice 31.6 percent (33.3 3FG) and Georgia Tech 33.3 percent (19.0 3FG)
At the end of the game, the Braves were 12-53 from the field for 22.6 percent.
OLD DOMINION-LIKE The Lady Vols won by a 90-37 score, the exact same score as their win over Old Dominion last season (Dec. 28, 2011).
Today's game is the largest margin of victory since the Old Dominion game (+53) and best scoring defensive effort holding its opponent to 37 points.
The Lady Vols shot 49.3 from the field (55.7 today) and 35.3 from 3-point land (36.4 today) against the Monarchs last season.
The Lady Vols also held Old Dominion to 25.4 percent shooting (22.6 today) and 25.0 3 point shooting (18.2 today).
SHUTTING THEM DOWN Tennessee blocked a season-high nine shots against Alcorn State as sophomore center Isabelle Harrison led the squad with three denials.
Freshman Nia Moore tallied two blocks, while Kamiko Williams, Cierra Burdick, Taber Spani and Meighan Simmons all recorded one apiece.
The team's nine blocks were a season-best. The previous high was five blocks against Rice.
ON THE RUN Bridging the first and second halves, the Lady Vols went on a 17-0 run as they held the Braves scoreless for a total of five minutes and 45 seconds.
The Lady Vols held Alcorn State scoreless for a six minute span going on a 9-0 run during that time.
TURNING IT OVER The Lady Vols forced a season-high 34 Alcorn State turnovers. The previous high was against Rice when Tennessee forced 22.
From those 34 turnovers, UT scored a total of 37 points.
OWNING THE PAINT Tennessee tallied 18 points in the paint in the first 20 minutes of action, while the Braves only scored six in the lane.
The Lady Vols ended the game with 50 points in the paint, while Alcorn State totaled just 14.
SPANI BACK IN DOUBLE FIGURES Senior Taber Spani hit double figures in scoring for the first since facing UCLA Dec. 17, 2011. In the first half, Spani went 4-5 from the field and was a perfect 2-2 from the line finishing with 10 points.
MASSENGALE TAKING CHARGE Sophomore Ariel Massengale has taken a charge in the last three games as she took one against Alcorn State, two charges against Miami, and recorded one against Rice.
UP NEXT Tennessee hosts its second game of a three-game homestead Wednesday as the Lady Vols welcome Middle Tennessee State to Rocky Top. The contest tips off at 7 p.m.