Dec. 28, 2012
THE SERIES It was the first meeting between the Lady Vols and Wildcats. UT took home the victory and now owns the series 1-0.
With the win, Tennessee is 44-21 all-time against Southern Conference opponents, while the `Cats are 0-11 vs. the SEC.
Today's attendance was 11,059.
ANOTHER BIG WIN Tennessee's 35-point win marked the fourth time this season UT has won by at least 35 points. UT defeated Rice by 53 points, Alcorn State by 53 points and North Carolina by 45 points.
FOR STARTERS Today's starters: freshman Bashaara Graves, freshman Jasmine Jones, freshman Nia Moore, junior Meighan Simmons and senior Taber Spani. It was the first career start for Jones and Moore.
Simmons is the only Lady Vol to start every game this season.
Simmons was the first to score for the Lady Vols with a three-pointer. It was the third time this season the first bucket has been from the long range.
Sophomores Cierra Burdick, Isabelle Harrison and Ariel Massengale were the first off the bench for Tennessee.
SPREADING THE OFFENSE All nine Lady Vols who saw action against the Wildcats scored at least one bucket and grabbed at least one rebound. It is the fifth time this season where nine players have scored in a contest.
Freshman Bashaara Graves led both the scoring and rebounding efforts with 16 points and 10 boards, recording her fifth double-double.
Along with Graves, Isabelle Harrison (13) and Cierra Burdick (10) also hit double digits in scoring.
The Lady Vols notched 40 points in the paint to Davidson's 18, while scoring 35 points off the bench.
PUTTING UP A (DE)FENCE The Lady Vols outrebounded the Wildcats 48-26. It is the seventh time this season UT has grabbed more boards than its opponent.
Tennessee forced 24 Davidson turnovers while giving up 16. From those 24 Wildcat turnovers, the Lady Vols scored 26 points.
UT snagged 15 steals against the Wildcats, while only being stripped from the ball eight occasions.
GRAVES BURIES COMPETITION Graves hit the double-digit scoring mark for the 10th time in 11 games, finishing the game with 16 points.
The freshman also recorded her fifth double-double, grabbing 10 rebounds to go along with her 16 points. She now is in a tie for seventh on UT's all-time freshman list for double-doubles, tying with Glory Johnson. She also is tied for 33rd on UT's all-time career double-doubles list.
SIMMONS SHINES IN RECORD BOOK Simmons' first 3-point bucket of the game was the 134th of her career, moving her into seventh on the all-time Lady Vol list for career 3-pointers made.
With the junior's nine points against Davidson, she surpassed Peggy Evans on UT's all-time scoring list, as Simmons now has 1,078, ranking her 35th.
AT THE HALF In the first 20 minutes of action, all nine Lady Vols who saw action contributed to UT's 41 points, with Bashaara Graves leading the way with 12 points.
Graves also grabbed a team-best eight boards in the first half, while Kamiko Williams paced the Lady Vols with three steals.
Graves was the only UT player to take a trip to the free-throw line in the first half, going a perfect 4-4 from the line.
Every Lady Vol that checked into the game in the first half also grabbed at least one rebound.
UT brought down almost double the amount of rebounds as the Wildcats in the first as the Lady Vols grabbed 27 boards to Davidson's 15.
Tennessee forced 11 turnovers from Davidson while giving up only four. Off those four turnovers, UT scored 15 points.
The Lady Vols outscored the Wildcats in the paint, 22-6.
It was the sixth time this year that UT has scored 40 or more points in the first half alone.
The 21 points allowed by the Wildcats tied for the second-fewest the Lady Vols have allowed this season (Miami, 21; Alcorn State, 15).
UP NEXT Tennessee rounds out 2012 facing Rutgers on Sunday, Dec. 30, in a 1 p.m. contest at Thompson-Boling Arena.