Nov. 28, 2012
TENNESSEE TIDBITS In the 20th meeting between the two teams, the Lady Vols remained perfect against MTSU improving to 20-0 in the all-time series.
Tennessee is now 30-2 against Sun Belt Conference teams.
The Lady Vols improve to 215-42-1 against teams from the state of Tennessee.
UT moves one step closer to 1,200 all-time wins (1,196-266-1)
The Lady Vols took their first lead of the night with 4:26 left in the game on a Kamiko Williams jumper. Williams aided her own cause stealing it away from Shanice Cason.
Today's attendance was 10,768
FOR STARTERS Today's starters: sophomore Cierra Burdick, freshman Bashaara Graves, sophomore Ariel Massengale, junior Meighan Simmons and sophomore Isabelle Harrison.
Burdick and Simmons are the only Lady Vols to have started every game of the 2012 season. ashaara Graves got the first basket of the night at the 18:20 mark floating in a jumper from the right side of the key.
After starting the first five games of the season, freshman Andraya Carter was the first substitution of the night for the Lady Vols.
TAKING OVERTIME The Lady Vols are now 28-16 all-time in overtime games winning their first overtime game since Dec. 19, 2010 (82-72 vs. Stanford)
The Lady Vols are now 2-1 in overtime against Tennessee teams. Tonight marked the first OT game for the Lady Vols against a team from the Volunteer State since a 82-81 victory over Tennessee Tech on Jan. 8, 1978.
CLUTCH KAMIKO Kamiko Williams provided the offensive spark to help the Lady Vols to the tough victory over MTSU.
The senior gave UT its first lead of the night stealing the ball and knocking down a jumper with 4:26 left in the game.
Williams gave the Lady Vols a five point lead near the end of regulation firing a three with the shot clock expiring, but UT was unable to hang on to the lead.
In overtime, after hitting a jumper to put Tennessee up six, Williams drew her first charge of the game and first of the season with 36 seconds left in the game to keep the ball in Tennessee's hands and retain the victory.
SPREADING THE OFFENSE AROUND Four Lady Vols hit double-digits in scoring as junior Meighan Simmons tallied a team-best 19 points, leading the Lady Vols in scoring for the fourth time this season.
Bashaara Graves and Ariel Massengale had 15 points on the night, a season high for Massengale, while Harrison put up 10 to go along with six blocks.
Simmons hit double digits early in the second half and her 19 overall points put her just 10 points shy of 1,000 for her career.
Simmons his the double-digit mark for the fourth time this season and 52nd time in her career. Bashaara Graves has netted double figures in all six games this season with 15 tonight. She recorded the second double-double of her career adding 12 rebounds, registering the feat in regulation.
HARRISON SHUTTING THEM DOWN Isabelle Harrison set a new career high with six blocks, four in the first half against the Blue Raiders, including three in the first five minutes of play.
The Lady Vols finished with eight blocks, including Harrison's six in her fifth start of the season.
ON THE RUN The Lady Vols used a 9-0 run over a 1:25 span near the end of the first half to put themselves within two points with five minutes remaining.
In the second half, the Lady Vols brought it within one with a 10-0 run spanning 3:46 in the second half to narrow the MTSU lead to 55-54.
The Lady Vols finished the game out on a 13-4 run in overtime.
TAKING ADVANTAGE OF FREE POINTS Senior Taber Spani and freshman Jasmine Jones took advantage of MTSU's hacking by converting on their and-1 opportunities.
Spani was 1-1 in and-1 opportunities converting at the 13:49 mark in the second half while Jones was 1-for-2 in and-1 opportunities.
The Lady Vols were 16-of-21 on the night from the charity stripe compared to MTSU's 8-for-12 effort.
Cierra Burdick (4-for-4), Meighan Simmons (4-for-4), Isabelle Harrison (2-for-2) and Spani (1-for-1) were perfect from the free throw line.
TAKING CHARGE With 6:01 left in the first half, Jasmine Jones drew her first charge of the season, prompting a 7-0 run by the Lady Vols to bring the score to within two (29-31).
Kamiko Williams drew the charge of the game with 36 seconds remaining in the overtime period to give Shanice Cason her fifth foul of the game and keep the ball in UT's hands.
UP NEXT Tennessee wraps up its three-game homestead Sunday when No. 22 North Carolina comes to down for a 1 p.m. matinee.
STATS AT THE HALF The Lady Vols were down at the half for the first time in the 2012 season by a 35-39 margin. UT and Chattanooga were tied at 28-all at halftime of that game.
The Lady Vols trailed by a 12-point margin with 9:11 remaining in the first half, the second largest margin of defeat in the 2012 season, the Lady Vols were down 13 at Chattanooga with 22 seconds left in the game, 80-67.
The 39 first half points given up were the most by any team this season and more than the 37 points given up to Alcorn State throughout the entire game.