Dec. 17, 2013
- Tonight's game marked the third meeting between UT and Tennessee State.
- The Lady Vols improve to 3-0 all-time against the Tigers.
- Against Ohio Valley foes, Tennessee improves to 52-21 all-time.
- Tennessee starts the season 10-0, the first time since the 2007-08 season.
- For the 36th time in school history, the Big Orange has
- With the win, UT has earned its 18th-consecutive victory over an unranked opponent and gained its 13th-straight triumph at home.
- The starting lineup included junior Cierra Burdick, sophomore Bashaara Graves, redshirt freshman Andraya Carter, junior Ariel Massengale and senior Meighan Simmons.
- The starting lineup was something different for the fifth game in a row, after the lineup of Burdick, Graves, Harrison, Massengale and Simmons went 6-0.
- At the first media timeout, UT held a 16-1 lead over the Tigers. The Big Orange held Tennessee State scoreless for the first two and a half minutes as the Tigers scored their first bucket at the 17:31 mark.
- UT held the Tigers to a 18.9 percent shooting (14-of-74) -- the lowest mark of any Tennessee opponent this season.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.
IN THE PAINT
- Tennessee dominated in the paint, outscoring Tennessee State, 54-24.
DISHING IT OUT
- Ariel Massengale had five assists and has now dished out five or more assists for 10 straight games.
- Meighan Simmons handed out seven helpers, a season high for the senior while freshman Jordan Reynolds tallied six assists for a career-high.
- As a team, the Lady Vols registered 27 assists, their most in a game this year.
MOVING UP THE CHARTS
- With Meighan Simmons' 13 points against Tennessee State, she moves into 14th on UT's all-time scoring chart with 1,623 career points.
- Simmons moved past Dana Johnson who had 1,621 points.
- Bashaara Graves led the team with 17 points, her fifth double-digit scoring outing this season.
- Bashaara Graves was a perfect 6-of-6 from the field and was 5-of-6 from the free-throw line.
- Cierra Burdick hit double figures for the fourth time in the last five games as she finished with 12 points.
- Junior Isabelle Harrison racked up double figures for the fourth straight game, and eighth time this year as she finished with 12 points.
- The Lady Vols blocked 11 TSU shots -- a season high. Freshman Mercedes Russell led the squad with six blocks.
- UT snagged 11 steals, tying the season high.
- All 10 Lady Vols saw action and scored at least one basket while grabbing at least one rebound.
- At the halfway mark, UT led 54-19. The Lady Vols' 54 points is the most in the first half this season, topping the team's previous best of 49 against Troy on Dec. 14.
- The 35-point lead at the halfway point is the most this season. The previous biggest lead heading into the locker room was 21 which UT had against Troy on Dec. 14.
- The Lady Vols owned the boards in the first half, outrebounding the Tigers 29-14.
- The Lady Vols head to the West Coast to take on No. 6/4 Stanford on Dec. 21 before returning to Rocky Top for a 2 p.m. contest against Lipscomb on Dec. 29.