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Postgame Notes: No. 10 Tennessee 60, No. 1 Stanford 73

Dec. 22, 2012

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THE SERIES

• The Lady Vols own a 22-8 all-time record against the Cardinal. At home, Tennessee is now 11-2 when facing Stanford.
• It was the UT's second-straight loss against a top-25 team. Tennessee is now 4-2 against ranked opponents this season.
• It is only the second time since the 2008-09 season where the Lady Vols have lost back-to-back contests.
• Today's attendance was 13,016, the largest home crowd of the season.

FOR STARTERS

• Today's starters: freshman Bashaara Graves, sophomore Cierra Burdick, sophomore Isabelle Harrison, junior Meighan Simmons and sophomore Ariel Massengale.
• Burdick and Simmons are the only two Lady Vols to start every game this season.
• The Lady Vols controlled the opening tip for the eighth time in 10 games this season.
• Burdick was the first to score for the Lady Vols with a jump shot.
• Senior Taber Spani was the first substitution in for Tennessee.

AGAINST THE BEST

• Tennessee is now 14-32 in 47 all-time meetings with the nation's No. 1-ranked team, including a 2-11 mark at home.
• The Lady Vols are now 1-2 against top-ranked Stanford teams.
• Today's contest marked the 10th time in the Tennessee-Stanford series in which one of the two teams was ranked No. 1 in the nation.

SPREADING THE OFFENSE

• Six of eight of the Lady Vols who saw action against Stanford scored and grabbed at least one rebound.
Bashaara Graves led Tennessee in scoring with 15 points. She has hit the double-digit mark in nine of the Lady Vols' 10 games this year.
• Graves also had a team-high 12 rebounds as she recorded her fourth double-double of the season. She previously accomplished the feat with 18 points and 12 rebounds at Georgia Tech (11/11), 15 points and 12 boards vs. MTSU (11/28) and 14 points and 10 rebounds at Texas (12/16).
Meighan Simmons (12 points), Cierra Burdick (11) and Ariel Massengale (11) all reached double-figures for the Lady Vols as well.
• It was eighth game in double figures for Simmons this season and the fourth for both Burdick and Massengale.

STANFORD STEPPING IN

• Stanford's Chiney Ogwumike finished with 19 rebounds, setting the Thompson-Boling Arena opponent record for rebounds which was previously held by Louisiana Tech's JoKeirra Sneed (18) on Nov. 26, 2007.
• The most rebounds by an opponent is 21 by Linda Street of Memphis State on March 3, 1978.
• Stanford's bench players became the first to outscore the same group for Tennessee in a game this season with 13 points to UT's 11.

AT THE HALF

• Freshman Bashaara Graves led the team in scoring and rebounds at the halfway mark, as she had seven points and six boards.
• Sophomore point guard Ariel Massengale dished out two of Tennessee's four assists in the first 20 minutes of action, while senior Kamiko Williams had the only block for UT.
• It was a battle of the boards during the first 20 minutes of action as Stanford grabbed 23 to Tennessee's 22 rebounds.
• Stanford held a 33-21 lead over the Lady Vols at halftime.

STRONG SECOND HALF

• The Lady Vols picked up the scoring pace in the second half, nearly doubling their first-half output with 39 points on 40.0 percent (12-30) shooting.
• After missing their first 12 three-pointers of the game, Tennessee found its range, making four of its final six long-distance attempts of the contest.

FREE-THROW CLINIC

• The two teams put on a clinic from the charity stripe, combining to make 25-of-29 free throws. The Lady Vols shot 85.7% from the line (12-14), while Stanford shot 86.7% (13-15).

TAKING CARE OF THE BASKETBALL

• The Lady Vols committed just 10 turnovers in today's contest, their second-lowest total of the season. Tennessee had just seven turnovers in a 101-48 win over Rice on Nov. 15.

TAKING CHARGE

• Sophomore Ariel Massengale took her sixth charge of the season in the first half. She leads the team in charges.

LOOKS FAMILIAR

• Tennessee was also 7-3 after suffering a loss to Stanford last season.

UP NEXT

• Tennessee welcomes Davidson to Rocky Top, Friday, Dec. 28, at 7 p.m. ET.

 

 

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