Postgame Notes: No. 6 Tennessee 85, UCLA 64

Dec. 17, 2011

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Numbers of Interest
5: Five Lady Vols posted double-digit scoring efforts against UCLA: Simmons (18), Johnson (17), Spani (14), Baugh (14) and Stricklen (11).

7: The Lady Vols led at halftime for the seventh time in nine games this season. Tennessee is now 6-1 when they take a lead into the locker room.

9: With 11 points against UCLA, Shekinna Stricklen has now posted double-digit scoring efforts in each of the Lady Vol's nine games this season.

23: Tennessee led by as many as 23 points against the Bruins The largest UT lead came at the 09:38 mark with the score 70-47.

76: Tennessee hit 76 percent (19-of-25) of its shots in the first half -- a program record. The Lady Vols hit their first eight shots with their first miss coming at the 12:51 mark.

To Note
The Series
• With the win, Tennessee moves to 18-1 in the all-time series versus the Bruins dating back to the 1978-79 season. UT maintains a perfect 9-0 record when playing in Los Angeles.
• UT owns a 62-15 overall record against 10 schools from the current Pac-12 Conference.

For Starters
• Today's starters: redshirt senior Vicki Baugh, senior Glory Johnson, senior Shekinna Stricklen, junior Taber Spani and sophomore Meighan Simmons.
• Freshman point guard Ariel Massengale was out of the lineup again tonight after suffering a finger injury Dec. 8.
• This is the third game in which the Lady Vols have taken to the court with this starting five. They sport a 3-0 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 113 consecutive games.

Chalk Talk
Sharp Shooters
• Tennessee hit 76 percent (19-of-25) of its shots in the first half. The Lady Vols hit their first eight shots with their first miss coming at the 12:51 mark.
• The 76 percent first-half showing tops the previous UT record for first half field goal percentage when the Lady Vols shot 70.3 percent against Old Dominion (1/4/89).
• Shooting 69.2 percent - the fourth-highest mark in program history - from the floor against the Bruins, the Lady Vols bested their previous season high shooting percentage of 49.2 percent against Pepperdine (11/13/11).

Ahead at the Half
• The Lady Vols led at halftime for the seventh time this season. They were tied at the break in the other two contests.
• Tennessee is now 6-1 when it takes a lead into the locker room.

Board Game
• Tennessee lost the board game for only the second time this season, pulling down 28 boards to UCLA's 31 rebounds.

Lady Vols Lookin' Good
Simmons Finds Her Swing
Meighan Simmons led the Lady Vols in scoring against UCLA, tying her season high by dropping 18 points on an 8-of-14 shooting performance.
• In 39 minutes of action she also contributed four rebounds and three assists in the winning effort.

Glory Goes Off
• Johnson came up big for the Lady Vols, scoring 17 points against the Bruins.
• Her 17-point showing tied her previous season-high mark set against Pepperdine (11/13/11).

Baugh Comes Up Big
• Senior Vicki Baugh set a season high with 12 rebounds against UCLA.
• She posted her sixth career double-double in the win and was named the AutoZone Player of the Game for her 14-point, 12-rebound performance at UCLA.

Spani Sinks `Em From Three
• Spani tied a season high, hitting four shots from behind the arc against the Bruins.
• She went 5-of-7 overall from the floor, tallying 14 points and a team-high four assists in the win.

More Stricklen Streaks
• With 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting against UCLA, Stricklen added to her double-digit scoring streak. She has put up 10 or more in all nine games this season.
• She managed to score in double figures despite leaving the game in the first half due to illness. She returned to start the second half for the Lady Vols.

On the Horizon
Approaching 1,100 Wins
• Twenty-two more wins will put Summitt at her next victory milestone: 1,100 Ws.

Elite Company
Glory Johnson needs 60 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.

Up Next
• UT finishes the pre-Christmas swing at Stanford on Dec. 20 before breaking for the holidays.





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