Dec. 8, 2013
- UT versus UT Sunday marks the fifth win in a row of Tennessee over Texas.
- The Lady Vols are 23-12 all-time against the Longhorns.
- Last season against the Longhorns, Meighan Simmons scored 18 points to lead the No. 12/13 Lady Vols past #18/20 Texas 94-75 on Dec. 16, 2012.
- Tennessee has started at 8-0, the first time since the 2009-2010 season.
- The starting lineup included two first-timers for the 2013-14 season, with freshman Mercedes Russell's first collegiate start and sophomore Jasmine Jones' second career start and first this season.
- The starting lineup was something different for the second time this season, after the lineup of Burdick, Graves, Harrison, Massengale and Simmons have gone 6-0.
- Jones sunk one three-pointer early in the first half, her third game in the past four to make a three. She also tied season highs with six rebounds and recorded one steal.
- Russell scored her first points in the second half with two free throws. She finished with two points.
- Attendance at Thompson Boling Arena topped the 2013-14 season so far, with 11,659 fans. The crowd marks the largest home crowd since Feb. 28, 2013, when 12,213 saw a Lady Vol victory over Texas A&M for the SEC title.
- After recording a 36.7 shooting percentage (11-of-30) in the first half, Tennessee came out of the locker room shooting 48.5 percent (16-of-33) in the second half.
- The Lady Vols held Texas to a 39.4 percent shooting after halftime the Longhorns shot better than the Lady Vols (37.1-percent, 13-35) in the first half.
- Tennessee led by 10 with nine minutes remaining in the first half. After a close game for the next 16 minutes of playing time.
- Tennessee gained a 10-point lead with 12:37 remaining in the game.
- After a simultaneous foul and technical foul on Texas' Nneka Enemkpali, Simmons was allowed two free throws for the technical and Burdick allowed two for the foul, bringing Tennessee to a 13-point lead with three minutes to go. Enemkpali finished with six fouls.
- In the first half, eight of nine Lady Vols with playing time had recorded points.
- Ariel Massengale recorded seven assists. She has tallied five or more assists in all eight games this season.
- Collectively, the Lady Vols committed only 12 fouls, as opposed to 25 Texas fouls. Texas shot zero free throws in the first half and went 5-of-6 from the stripe in the second.
- Tennessee recorded 16 fast break points, while Texas had two.
- The lead by the Lady Vols was as big as 10 and as small as one. The game was tied in the first minute of the game and Texas never led.
DOUBLE FIGURES ALL AROUND
- Harrison notched her place in the double-figure scoring party early in the game, but Massengale and Simmons followed later in the second half, each scoring 11 points after the break.
- Harrison had eight points and four rebounds in the first half and added 10 more in the second half to tie her career high with 18 points.
- The junior center passed her season-best in scoring late in the second half, with 18 points. Her previous season high was 14 points against North Carolina.
- Massengale lit up in the second half, scoring 11 points. She finished with 15 points, seven assists, three rebounds and two steals. The scoring day marked Massengale's 30th career double-figure scoring game and seventh in eight games this season.
- Not far behind, senior Meighan Simmons scored 13 points, including a fast break layup with four minutes remaining in the game to secure Tennessee's 15-point lead.
- Simmons recorded her 84th career double-figure scoring game and her fifth this season.
- Cierra Burdick was the team's top rebounder in the second half and finished with 10 points and eight boards.
- The Lady Vols held the Longhorns to a 38.2 percent shooting for the game.. Tennessee has not allowed an opponent shoot 39 percent from the field all season.
- Tennessee out-rebounded Texas 45 to 37. Texas has previously out-rebounded all eight opponents this season and didn't for the first time against Tennessee.
- Since having a nine day break after winning the Lucaya division of the Junkanoo Jam in Freeport, Bahamas, the Lady Vols will have a weekday break before returning to the court next weekend.
- The Lady Vols face Troy University on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 2:00 p.m. and Tennessee State on Dec. 17 at 7:00 p.m. Both games are at home.