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Postgame Notes: Tennessee 87, SMU 47



Nov. 29, 2013

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Here are a few numbers of interest:

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15

29

POSTGAME NOTES

THE SERIES

  • The meeting against the Mustangs marked the first series meeting between the two schools.
  • Going into the game, both teams were undefeated, after Tennessee defeated Virginia on Thursday and SMU defeated Kansas State to earn their spot in the championship game of the Lucaya bracket of the Junkanoo Jam.
  • The win over SMU secured the Lady Vols' first Thanksgiving tournament win since 2005 at the Paradise Jam in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
  • The contest featured a pair of 2013 conference champions, as the Lady Vols won the SEC title, and SMU the Conference-USA title in its final season in that league.
  • Tennessee has started at 7-0, the first time since the 2009-10 season.

40-POINT VICTORY

  • The 40-point victory over SMU was Tennessee's largest this season, the previous high coming from a 34-point win over Oakland, Nov. 23.
  • It is the largest Tennessee win since Jan. 31, 2013 against Mississippi State, in which the Lady Vols won by 43 points.
  • In 2012-13, the Lady Vols also beat Missouri by 45, and Alcorn State and Rice by 53.
  • The Lady Vols now have won 15 consecutive games against unranked opponents.

FOR STARTERS

  • The starting lineup was something different for the Lady Vols for the first time this season, including redshirt freshman Andraya Carter.
  • Carter started for the first time since starting the first five games of her freshman season before being sidelined due to a shoulder injury.
  • With the new lineup, Tennessee started the game with a 15-5 burst into the first media timeout.
  • Carter started in place of junior Cierra Burdick, ending a run for a unit that was undefeated this season after starting the first six games.
  • The original starting unit was 10-1 all-time when starting together, including a 4-1 record last season.

MASSENGALE ON THE CHARTS AGAIN

  • Junior Ariel Massengale recorded 16 points, five rebounds and five assists for the Lady Vols.
  • The performance has been a common occurrence for the previous SEC and NCAA Player of the Week (Week of 11/11-11/18), marking her 29th time of her career scoring in double digits.
  • Massengale has scored in double digits in six of seven games this year - the only time she didn't was versus Georgia Tech, where she scored nine.
  • Massengale carried the highest number of points and assists going into halftime, with 11 points and four assists, as Tennessee held a 12-point lead.

OFFENSE STEPPING UP

  • The Lady Vols scored 87 points against SMU, which tied Tennessee's point total versus Georgia Tech on Nov. 17.
  • Sophomore Bashaara Graves recorded her 13th career double-double and her 4th in scoring and rebounding, respectively.
  • The last time Tennessee scored more than 87 points was Feb. 10, 2013, versus Mississippi. (UT 97, UM 68)
  • Tennessee shot 46.3-percent from the field, which was the third time this season shooting 45-percent or better.
  • Four Tennessee players scored in double figures against SMU - Massengale, Graves, Harrison and Jones.
  • Sophomore Jasmine Jones came close to a career high, with 13 points. Her high is 14 against Alabama on Jan. 20, 2013.

DEFENSE, TOO

  • Tennessee held SMU to an overall 26.3-percent shooting from the field, the best since Nov. 11 this year against North Carolina, which shot 30.4-percent from the floor.
  • In the first half, the Lady Vols held the Mustangs to only 27 points, which ties the lowest allowed this season with Oakland, at 27.

SIMMONS IN THE BOOKS

  • Heading into the Junkanoo Jam with 1,541 points, Simmons exploded for 32 points versus Virginia after sinking a total of eight three-pointers, bringing her career total to 1,573 points. That brought her to the No. 16 all-time Lady Vol scorer. She passed previous No. 17, Cindy Noble, who had 1,561 points and previous No. 16, Nikki McCray, who held 1,572 points.
  • Against SMU, Simmons posted eight points, which secured her spot as the No. 15 all-time scorer. She now holds 1,581 points after passing previous No. 15, Debbie Groover, with 1,580 points.

UP NEXT

  • After returning home, the Lady Vols won't play another game until Dec. 8, against Texas at home.
  • The game will be held in Thompson-Boling Arena at 1:00 p.m.., and will be televised regionally by FOX Sports Net South and FOX Sports Tennessee, and locally on My VLT.


 

 

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