Dec. 28, 2011
Numbers of Interest
5: Five Lady Vols posted double-digit scoring efforts against Old Dominion: Johnson (16), Simmons (12), Baugh (11), Massengale (11) and Harrison (10).
6: Manning led Tennessee in thefts, recording six steals in the win -- a season high for the team. Tennessee totaled 16 steals in the win, also a season high.
10: With eight points against Old Dominion, Shekinna Stricklen's double-digit scoring streak ended at 10 games. She broke into double figures in each of UT's first 10 games.
26: Tennessee set a season high with 26 assists against Old Dominion, topping the previous season high of 20 helpers set against Pepperdine to open the year.
37: Tennessee held ODU to an opponent season-low 37 points, besting the previous low of 43 scored by MTSU (11/29). UT's 37 field goals were also a season high.
With the win, Tennessee moves to 36-9 in the all-time series versus the Lady Monarchs dating back to the 1976-77 season.
The triumph extends the Lady Vols' winning streak over Old Dominion to 16 games. ODU last topped a UT squad in 1997, winning 83-72 in Norfolk, Va.
Old Dominion has never won at Thompson-Boling Arena.
Today's starters: senior Glory Johnson, senior Alicia Manning, senior Shekinna Stricklen, sophomore Meighan Simmons and freshman Ariel Massengale.
This is the first game in which the Lady Vols have taken to the court with this starting five.
Stricklen Start Streak
Lady Vol senior Shekinna Stricklen has the nation's longest starting streak. Including today, Stricklen has started 115 consecutive games.
Freshman Ariel Massengale returned to the starting lineup against Old Dominion after missing four starts as a result of a finger injury sustained Dec. 8.
Taber Spani was absent from the starting lineup for the first time in 2011. She is still ailed by a bone bruise suffered at Virginia Nov. 20.
At the Half
The Lady Vols led at halftime for the eighth time this season. They have trailed in one contest and were tied at the break in the other two games.
Tennessee is now 8-0 when they lead going into the locker room.
After trailing in the board game in its last two contests, Tennessee came back to outrebound the Lady Monarchs, pulling down 54 boards to ODU's 32 rebounds.
The Lady Vols converted second chance opportunities to the tune of 23 points; on the season they have tallied 172 second chance points while surrendering 135 to opponents.
Smooth Criminals Return
UT came away with 16 steals against Old Dominion after collecting only 12 takeaways in the last two games combined. Tonight's mark tops the previous season high of 15 steals set against MTSU.
Manning led Tennessee in thefts, recording six steals in the win -- a season high for a UT individual.
Tennessee scored 26 points off turnovers compared to one for ODU.
How About Those Helpers
Of 37 baskets scored by the Lady Vols, 26 of them were assisted. Cierra Burdick topped the UT effort with nine assists, tying Massengale for the season-high mark.
Tonight's mark tops the previous season high of 20 helpers set against Pepperdine Nov. 13.
Lady Vols Lookin' Good
All nine available Lady Vols saw action against Old Dominion, each of them putting up points for the Big Orange.
Manning, making her first start of 2011-12, set a career high with 15 rebounds. That mark is a season high for a UT individual.
She also set a career best coming away with six steals in the contest. Her previous best came against Missouri Nov. 25, 2010.
With nine assists against ODU, Burdick set a career-high mark, topping her previous best of three helpers set against Texas (12/4). She tied fellow freshman Ariel Massengale for the team's season-best mark.
Freshman Isabelle Harrison put up a double-digit scoring effort for the first time in her career, tallying 10 points against the Lady Monarchs, topping her previous high of seven points set against MTSU (11/29).
Double the Fun
Two Lady Vols wrapped up the night with double-doubles: Glory Johnson and Vicki Baugh.
Johnson tallied her 26th career double-double with 16 points and 11 boards.
Although she did not start the contest, Baugh posted a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds.
Manning fell a point shy of the team's third double-double with nine points and 15 rebounds in the win.
TBA - The Place to Play
Hot at Home
Tennessee has been hot at home in 2011-12, putting up 82.2 points per contest and allowing only 51.2 per games played at Thompson-Boling Arena.
TBA is still the toughest women's basketball arena in the nation to secure a win. The Lady Vols have fashioned a 345-21 all-time record on their home court.
On the Horizon
Approaching 1,100 Wins
Twenty-one more wins will put Summitt at her next victory milestone: 1,100 Ws.
Glory Johnson needs 43 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.
UT travels to Auburn to open the SEC slate and will face the Tigers on New Year's Day 2012 at 2 p.m. CT. The game will be televised by CSS.