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Postgame Notes: Tennessee 103, Troy 64

Dec. 14, 2013

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POSTGAME NOTES

THE SERIES

  • Saturday's game marked the first meeting between Tennessee and Troy
  • Against Sun Belt Conference foes, Tennessee improves to 9-2 all-time. The last time UT faced an opponent from the Sun Belt Conference was Georgia State in a 98-68 victory in the NCAA First Round on March, 15, 2002.
  • Tennessee has started at 9-0, the first time since the 2009-10 season.
  • With the win, UT has earned its 17th-consecutive victory over an unranked opponent and gained its 12th-straight triumph at home.

FOR STARTERS

  • The starting lineup included sophomore Bashaara Graves, sophomore Jasmine Jones, junior Isabelle Harrison, junior Ariel Massengale and senior Meighan Simmons. Jones earned her second-straight start this season.
  • The starting lineup was something different for the fourth game in a row, after the lineup of Burdick, Graves, Harrison, Massengale and Simmons have gone 6-0.
  • The game started at the free throw line as Troy was issued an administrative foul for not reporting its starters by the 10-minute mark.
  • Ariel Massengale made one of two free throws from Troy's technical to start the game.
  • Tennessee earned its win in front of 11,358 fans in Thompson-Boling Arena. UT has had more than 10,000 fans at every home game this season, and it is the second-straight game with 11,000-plus fans.

TENNESSEE DEFENSE

  • The Lady Vols held Troy's senior guard Joanna Harden to just 14 points. Harden, who ranks third in the NCAA with 26.6 points per game, didn't make her first basket until 8:07 remaining in the first half.
  • Troy entered Saturday's contest averaging 85.2 points per game. UT kept the Trojans under that mark with just 64 points.
  • UT held the Trojans to a .333 overall shooting percentage (23-of-69). Tennessee hasn't let an opponent shoot higher than 38 percent this season, with only Virginia (Nov. 28) and Texas (Dec. 8) hitting that mark.
  • Tennessee kept Troy scoreless for the first two minutes of the game as TU didn't sink its first bucket until the 18:02 mark.
  • The Big Orange forced 22 turnovers. UT's season high is 23 forced turnovers against North Carolina (Nov. 11).
  • Off the glass, UT had a 74-29 advantage. UT's 74 rebounds are a season-high and rank second all-time Lady Vol history. It's Tennessee's most rebounds since recording the school-record 76 against Tennessee State on Feb. 27, 1988. It's the first time since the 1996-97 season that UT has had two rebunding outings in the same season make the record book.
  • Sophomore Nia Moore grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds. Her previous personal best was seven against Alcorn State last season.

#TENTIGHT

  • Tennessee's 103-64 victory marks the most points for the Lady Vols this season. UT's previous season-best was 87 against Georgia Tech and SMU.
  • UT's 103 points are its most since scoring 110 vs. Alabama on Jan. 6, 2011.
  • At the halfway mark, UT led 49-28. The Lady Vols' 49 points is the most in the first half this season, topping the team's previous best of 44 against Georgia Tech on Nov. 17.
  • The 21-point lead at the halfway point is the most this season. The previous biggest lead heading into the locker room was 12 which UT had against North Carolina (Nov. 11) and SMU (Nov. 29).
  • The Lady Vols owned the boards in the first half, outrebounding the Trojans 40-16. Tennessee's 40 team rebounds marked a season high in the first half, besting the 33 rebounds in the first 20 minutes of action against Georgia Tech on Nov. 17.
  • Tennessee dished out 12 assists to open the game, tying the Orange & White's season-high in the first half which it also tallied against Oakland on Nov. 24.
  • Ariel Massengale recorded six assists. She has tallied five or more assists in all nine games this season.
  • Tennessee committed 28 turnovers, the most this season and the most since 31 at Kentucky last season.
  • Every Lady Vol notched at least one bucket and one rebound during the game.

DOUBLE-DOUBLES ALL AROUND

  • The Lady Vols had three players record double-doubles in Cierra Burdick, Isabelle Harrison and Nia Moore. It brings the team total to eight double-doubles on the year. It is the sixth time in Lady Vol history that three players have recorded double-doubles in one game.
  • The last time UT had three double-doubles was on Feb. 26, 2006 against Florida. Candace Parker (34 pts, 15 reb), Tye'sha Fluker (22 pts, 16 reb), Shanna Zolman 22 points, 10 assists) had double-doubles.
  • Sophomore Nia Moore earned her first career double-double with 10 points and 13 boards.
  • Harrison's 13 points and 12 rebounds marked her second double-double this year and eighth of her career.
  • Burdick hit double digits for the third time in the last four games, and notched her first double-double this season with 15 points and 10 rebounds. It is the seventh double-double in her career.

UP NEXT

  • The Lady Vols face Tennessee State on Tuesday, Dec. 17 for a 7 p.m. contest before traveling to the west coast to take on No. 6/4 Stanford on Dec. 21.


 

 

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