Dec. 30, 2012
THE SERIES With the win over Rutgers, the Lady Vols own the series 19-3 and now hold a nine-game winning streak. For games at home, UT is 7-0 against the Scarlet Knights.
The Scarlet Knights' 47 points were the second-fewest points in a game in the history of this series. The lowest was the 46 RU scored in the 2007 National Championship game.
Tennessee is now 81-22 all-time against Big East foes.
Today's attendance was 12,347.
FOR STARTERS Today's starters: sophomore Cierra Burdick, freshman Bashaara Graves, sophomore Isabelle Harrison, sophomore Ariel Massengale and junior Meighan Simmons.
Simmons is the only Lady Vol to start every game this season.
Harrison was the first to score for the Lady Vols with a lay-up. It was the third time this season that Harrison has made the first bucket for UT.
Seniors Taber Spani and Kamiko Williams were the first off the bench for Tennessee.
A CASE OF DEJA VU At the half, UT held a 33-13 lead over the Scarlet Knights. In the great comeback of 2009 under Pat Summitt, the Lady Vols trailed Rutgers 33-13, rallying back and winning 55-51.
SPREADING THE OFFENSE Sophomore Isabelle Harrison the scoring effort with a career-high 18 points.
Along with Harrison, Meighan Simmons (15) and Bashaara Graves (11) also hit double digits in scoring.
The Lady Vols notched 30 points in the paint to Rutgers' 22, while scoring 11 points off the bench.
UT enjoyed a 19-12 edge on fast-break points.
STEALING SCARLETS The Lady Vols snagged 16 steals from the Scarlet Knights, with sophomore Isabelle Harrison leading the way with six thefts.
Harrison's six steals is a career high. She tied her previous career-high of four steals in the first half alone. Harrison is the first Lady Vol to tally six steals in a game since Alicia Manning had six swipes against ODU on Dec. 28, 2011.
PUTTING UP A (DE)FENCE The Lady Vols outrebounded the Scarlet Knights 42-34. It is the eighth time this season UT has grabbed more boards than its opponent.
Tennessee forced 24 Rutgers turnovers while giving up 18. From those 24 Scarlet Knight turnovers, the Lady Vols scored 24 points.
UT snagged 16 steals from RU, while only being stripped from the ball nine occasions.
GRAVES BURIES THE COMPETITION Graves grabbed a career-best 14 boards, marking her third-straight game of 10 or more rebounds. It is the sixth time this season she has hit double-digit boards.
Graves now has six double-doubles on the season, tying her for the lead among SEC players.
SIMMONS SHINES IN RECORD BOOK With 15 points against Rutgers, Meighan Simmons surpassed Sidney Spencer on UT's all-time scoring list, as she now has 1,093, ranking her 34th.
AT THE HALF In the first 20 minutes of action, the Lady Vols held a 20-point lead over the Scarlet Knights, 33-13. The 13 points by the Scarlet Knights is the fewest Tennessee has allowed an opponent this season, and ties for ninth on UT's single-game records for fewest points allowed in the first half
Meighan Simmons was the first to hit the double-digit mark in scoring as she racked up 11 points in the first 20 minutes of action. Cierra Burdick, Bashaara Graves and Isabelle Harrison each had six apiece.
Graves led the way in rebounds as she brought down eight of the Lady Vols' 23 in the first half.
Harrison tied her career high for steals with four in the first 20 minutes of action.
The Lady Vols outrebounded the Scarlet Knights 23-17, while forcing 14 Rutgers turnovers. From those 14 turnovers, UT scored 15 points.
The Big Orange held RU to a 22 percent shooting percentage in the first half, the sixth time this season UT has kept its opponent to shooting under 25 percent in the first 20 minutes of play.
A total of 11 of Rutgers' 13 points in the first half came from the bench.
UT held Rutgers scoreless for almost six minutes at the beginning of the game as the Scarlet Knights didn't make their first bucket until the 14:19 mark.
UP NEXT Tennessee begins the new year on the road as the team travels to South Carolina to take on the Gamecocks on Jan. 3 at 9 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on Fox SportsSouth.