Dec. 2, 2012
TENNESSEE TIDBITS The two teams have met 18 times now, with UT holding a 15-3 series advantage.
Tennessee is now 3-0 against ACC teams this season and 3-0 against ranked opponents this year beating #22/20 Georgia Tech and #23/23 Miami
The Lady Vols are 87-19 against ACC teams all-time.
With the win, the Lady Vols earned their first win over a ranked team at home this season. They were 10-6 against ranked teams last year, 5-1 at home.
The Lady Vols have won 15 of their last 16 games against ranked teams at home with the only loss coming to #1 Baylor last season.
UT moves one step closer to 1,200 all-time wins (1,197-266-1)
Today's attendance was 11,342
FOR STARTERS Today's starters: sophomore Cierra Burdick, freshman Bashaara Graves, sophomore Ariel Massengale, junior Meighan Simmons and sophomore Isabelle Harrison, the same as the Middle Tennessee State game.
Burdick and Simmons are the only Lady Vols to have started every game of the 2012 season. Isabelle Harrison knocked down the first basket of the night on a jumper 33 seconds into the game.
Taber Spani was the first sub of the day for the Lady Vols.
RACKING UP THE POINTS The 102 points were the most for Tennessee against a Sylvia Hatchell coached UNC team besting the 88 recorded in a 88-65 1988 win.
The most points the Lady Vols have recorded against UNC were 108 in 1982 (108-65 win)
The Lady Vols 102 points were the most against a ranked opponent since beating #15 DePaul 102-68 on January 2, 2008.
The 45-point margin of victory was the most over a ranked team since the Lady Vols took down #21 Illinois 111-62 on Nov. 25, 2000.
This is the second game in 2012 that the Lady Vols have hit the century mark after beating Rice 101-48 earlier this year. The Lady Vols also hit the century mark in both of their exhibition games.
SIMMONS SHINES With her first three pointer of the game with 13:57 remaining in the first half, Meighan Simmons moved into 10th place on the all-time Tennessee three-point field goals made list. She has made 126 now in her career.
Simmons made her 1,000th career point on a free thrown with 11:44 left in the game after drawing a foul on a baseline jumper. She became the 37th Lady Vol to accomplish the feat and the first since Glory Johnson did so in 2010-11 season, also on a free throw on Feb. 1, 2011 against Georgia.
She achieved the feat in just 80 games.
Simmons now sits in 36th place on the all-time points list passing Michelle Marciniak (1,004 points). She finished the game with a career-high 33 points to register 1,023 career points. Peggy Evans sits in 35th place with 1,076 career points.
Simmons also recorded the 13th 20-point game of her career and her first career 30-point game becoming the first Lady Vol to net 30-points since Candace Parker had 34 on March 30, 2008 vs. Notre Dame in the NCAA Tournament.
SPREADING THE OFFENSE AROUND Five Lady Vols hit double-digits in scoring as junior Meighan Simmons tallied a career-best 33 points, leading the Lady Vols in scoring for the fifth time this season.
Simmons his the double-digit mark for the fifth time this season and 53rd time in her career. Isabelle Harrison had a career-best 18 on the night while Taber Spani hit the double digit mark for the 25th time in her career and second time this season with 10 points.
Cierra Burdick hit the double-digit mark for the seventh time in her career and second time this season finishing with 15 points. Burdick also added 10 boards for her second career double-double.
Bashaara Graves has netted double figures in all seven games this season with 11 tonight.
Ariel Massengale initiated many of the baskets dishing out a season-high seven assists.
DUB-ZERO WITH A DOUBLE DOUBLE Isabelle Harrison recorded her third career, and third this season, double-double with a career-high 18 points and 11 boards. It was her first since Rice (Nov. 15).
Harrison leads the Lady Vols with three double-doubles this season and became the ninth Lady Vol sophomore to record at least three double-doubles in her second season at Tennessee.
ON THE RUN The Lady Vols used a 20-5 run at the beginning of the game (18:48 to 12:36) to help propel themselves into the lead and never looked back.
TAKING CHARGE Sophomore Ariel Massengale has taken a charge in three of the last four games with a charge drawn as Tierra Ruffin-Pratt with 13:09 remaining in the first. She also took one against Alcorn State, two charges against Miami, and recorded one against Rice.
She leads the Lady Vols with five drawn charges this season.
UP NEXT Tennessee will break for finals and return to action at Texas on December 16.
STATS AT THE HALF The Lady Vols 49 points at halftime were the most in 2012 and the most in the first half since scoring 50 against Old Dominion on Dec. 28, 2011.
Meighan Simmons had 22 points at the half, one off of her season high and just seven off of her career best. She became the 37th Lady Vol to hit 1,000 points in her career early in the first half.