Nov. 29, 2011
Numbers of Interest
3: Three Lady Vols posted double-digit scoring efforts against Middle Tennessee: Massengale (14), Burdick (14) and Stricklen (12).
15: Tennessee posted its highest steal total of 15, almost doubling its previous best of eight vs. both ,Pepperdine and Virginia.
23.8: Tennessee held Middle Tennessee to 23.8 percent shooting from the floor, a season low for UT opponents. The previous low was 28.4% shooting by Pepperdine.
24: The Lady Vols took their largest lead of the season going into the break, leading MTSU by 24 points at the half. UT led the Blue Raiders, 48-24, at the half.
52: UT dominated the glass versus Middle Tennessee, collecting 52 rebounds as compared to MTSU's 30.
Tennessee remains unbeaten in the series with Middle Tennessee with the win. The Lady Vols have won all 19 matchups.
UT owns a 210-41-1 overall record against 18 schools from the state of Tennessee dating back to 1903.
The Lady Vols move to 29-2 against opponents from the Sun Belt Conference.
Tonight's starters: redshirt senior Vicki Baugh, senior Glory Johnson, senior Shekinna Stricklen, junior Taber Spani and freshman Ariel Massengale.
This is the fourth game in which the Lady Vols have taken to the court with this starting five. They now sport a 3-1 record with those five lining up for the opening tip.
Stricklen Start Streak
Lady Vol senior Shekinna Stricklen has the nation's longest starting streak. Including today, Stricklen has started 109 consecutive games.
Righting the Ship
The last time the Lady Vols opened the season with a 2-2 record was during the 1990-91 campaign. Tennessee went on to a 30-5 overall record and captured the 1991 National Championship.
With the win, the Lady Vols put themselves back on course an avoid three consecutive losses, which has only happened twice in program history.
Ahead at the Half
The Lady Vols led at halftime for the third time this season. They were tied at the break in the other two contests.
UT lapped the Blue Raiders in the first half, taking a season-high 24-point lead into intermission (48-24).
The Big Orange, plagued by poor free throw shooting for much of the early going went 22-of-27 from the line, boasting a season-high 82.8 free throw percentage.
Tennessee also posted a season best with 15 steals against Middle Tennessee.
UT's previous high was eight steals against both Pepperdine and Virginia.
Newcomers Make Noise
Freshman point guard Ariel Massengale scored 14 points for the Lady Vols, besting her previous career high of 11 points against Miami.
She also tied her career high rebound total with four boards on the night. She previously collected four against Virginia.
Massengale led UT in assists (5) for the fifth time in as many tries, while posting zero turnovers for the first time in her career.
Burdick also put up career numbers versus the Blue Raiders, seeing 26 minutes.
With 14 points and 10 boards, both career highs, the freshman recorded her first career double-double.
AutoZone Player of the Game
Ariel Massengale was named AutoZone Player of the Game for her 14-point, five-assist performance.
Tennessee had its biggest advantage of the season from its second unit, outscoring the Blue Raider bench, 37-4.
On the Horizon
Approaching 1,100 Wins
Twenty-six more wins will put Pat Summitt at her next victory milestone: 1,100 Ws.
Glory's rebounds - Glory Johnson needs 90 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.
The Lady Vols will next play host to #21/22 Texas on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 2 p.m. ET.
Texas is 5-1 on the season and does not play again before traveling to Knoxville to take on the Lady Vols.