Jan. 17, 2007
Tennessee (16-1, 3-0)
|Jan. 18, 2007 - Thompson-Boling Arena (24,535) - 7 p.m. ET|
The #4-ranked Tennessee Lady Vols (16-1, 3-0 SEC), riding a 10-game winning streak, returns home to face the Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs (10-7, 1-2 SEC) in a Southeastern Conference meeting in Knoxville, Tenn., on Jan. 18 at 7:00 p.m.
LADY VOLS AT A GLANCE
This is the Lady Vols' 33rd season under Head Coach Pat Summitt...She has compiled a staggering 929-178 overall record... Is just 71 wins away from a remarkable 1,000 career victories...Collected her 900th coaching win with a 80-68 decision over #19-ranked Vanderbilt on Jan. 19, 2006... She passed Dean Smith (879 wins) for most NCAA collegiate basketball wins of all-time with a 75-54 victory over Purdue on Mar. 22, 2005 ...Her 2005-06 squad advanced to the NCAA Elite...Finished with a 31-5 overall record and were the SEC Tournament Champions...
This season, UT returned six letterwinners, welcomed a senior manager turned player, two junior college transfers and a pair of rookies...The 2006-07 season marks the Lady Vol debut for former senior manager #10 Elizabeth Curry, JC transfers #00 Shannon Bobbitt and #33 Alberta Auguste...True freshman, #2 Cait McMahan, a 5-4 guard from Maryville, Tenn., and #34 Nicci Moats, a 6-2 forward from Daleville, Va., also see their first action in the Orange and White this season.
THE 4-1-1 ON THE LADY BULLDOGS
Despite a season high 10 points from reserve Lauren Roberts, Mississippi State (10-7, 1-2 SEC) couldn't find a way to handle #5/6-ranked LSU and fell 77-50 on Jan. 14 in Starkville, Miss. LSU's Sylvia Fowles had 16 points and 11 rebounds as LSU held Mississippi State without a field goal for more than 12 minutes in the first half Sunday on the way to the victory. LSU, giving up 43.6 points as the nation's leading defense, contested every shot and forced 19 turnovers that led to 20 points. LSU's defense was at its most frenetic in a 12:17 span in the first half during which the Bulldogs managed only four free throws. LSU built an insurmountable lead during that span with a 21-0 run that put it up 25-5 with 6:46 left in the first half. Mississippi State missed 17 of its first 20 shots and didn't pass the 10-point mark for 16:07. The Lady Bulldogs trailed at halftime, 33-19. MSU was outrebounded 45-27 and managed to connect on just 32% from the field. It was the largest margin of defeat of the season for the Lady Bulldogs, surpassing a 26-point loss to then-No. 13 Purdue on Dec. 16.
OUR SCHEDULE THIS WEEK
This week, the Lady Vols have a split SEC schedule and step out of conference play for one last time during the regular season. On Thurs., Jan. 18, Mississippi State travels to UT and on Jan. 22, #1-ranked Duke visits Knoxville for a "Big Monday" meeting on ESPN2.
LADY VOLS ON TV
A record 21 Lady Vol regular season games are slated for national/regional television this season. Five non-televised games will be available as streaming video with voice-over from Mickey Dearstone on utladyvols.com. UT is 10-1 on TV this season.
ON THIS DAY
UT is 9-3 in games played on Jan. 18. The Lady Vols are 5-1 at home, 4-2 on the road and 0-0 on neutral courts. The last time out on Jan. 18, the Lady Vols registered a 72-51 victory over Alabama in Knoxville in 20043.
Last year at this time, the Lady Vols were 17-0 and had just defeated Mississippi State, 79-56, in Starkville.
PLAYING 15 RANKED TEAMS
Tennessee will play 15 teams in 17 games and five of the nation's top 10 teams who have been ranked at some point this season in the AP and USA TODAY ESPN polls: North Carolina, Duke, UConn, Georgia, LSU, Stanford, Arizona St., Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Arkansas, UCLA, George Washington, Texas Mississippi and Middle Tennessee. All have been ranked or are currently ranked.
UT'S OFFENSIVE OPPORTUNITIES
In all games, this is how Tennessee has shot from the field: 50%FG: Chattanooga (.579), MTSU (.565), Arizona St. (.548), UCLA (.531), ODU/UT-Martin (.509), Stanford (.500); 40%FG: Louisiana Tech (.483), GWU (.482), Alabama1 (.464), Florida (.442), West Virginia (.431), Texas (.429); 30%FG: Georgia1 (.396)Notre Dame (.381), UConn (.371), North Carolina (.362)
DEEE ----- FENSE
In all games, this is how the opposition has shot from the field: 50%FG: none, 40%FG: GWU (.472), Arizona St. (.469), Stanford (.456), MTSU (.453), UCLA (.451), North Carolina (.444), UConn (.433), Chattanooga (.431), Notre Dame (.407), 30%FG: ODU (.396), West Virginia (.352), Alabama1 (.369), Florida (.345), Georgia1 (.319), Texas (.308); 20%FG: Louisiana Tech (.295), UT-Martin (.204)
2006-07 WON-LOSS DIFFERENTIAL
Wins: +56 (1), +36 (1), +30 (1), +24 (2), +23 (2), +22 (1), +21 (2), +17 (1), + 16 (1), +15 (1), +11 (1), +9 (1), +6 (1).
UPCOMING OPPONENT - #1-RANKED DUKE
The Tennessee Lady Vols will entertain the newly #1-ranked Duke Blue Devils (18-0 overall, 4-0 ACC) on Monday, Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. on ESPN2 in a "Big Monday" meeting. The then #3-ranked Blue Devils upset top-ranked Maryland, 81-62, at a sold out Cameron Indoor Stadium on Jan. 13. The ACC juggernaut now hits the road for three straight games traveling to N.C. State (Jan. 18), at #4-ranked Tennessee (Jan. 22) and at Florida State (Jan. 25). The Blue Devils are stingy on the defensive end giving up just 46.8 points a game and holding opponents to 30 percent shooting. Maryland is the only team that has scored more than 54 points on Duke. Senior guard Lindsey Harding, the ACC defensive player of the year last season, sets the tone with her quickness. Harding and the other perimeter players gamble because they have 6-7 Alison Bales lurking near the basket. Bales has blocked an NCAA-leading 87 shots. Overall, Duke has been ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press poll a total of 26 weeks over the last five years and has collected a record of 39-4 while being ranked No. 1. Duke's 97 straight weeks in the top-10 is the second-longest streak in the nation behind Tennessee's 180 weeks.
LOOKING FOR A CROWDED HOUSE VERSUS DUKE
Tennessee's last two meetings at Duke produced advance sold-out crowds which is not hard to do when only 9,314 seats are at a premium at Cameron Indoor. The Blue Devils have played in Knoxville once resulting in a 59-57 upset victory for Duke on Dec. 2, 2004 in front of 11,459 fans.
MISSISSIPPI STATE NOTEBOOK
Mississippi State (10-7, 1-2 SEC) is on the final leg of a tough, 11-day, four game stretch, versus ranked SEC teams. The Lady Bulldogs started by knocking off #20/23-ranked Arkansas, 81-73, on Jan. 7 on the road. That victory was followed with a tough loss to #15-ranked Georgia, 74-61, on Jan. 11 and a beat down by #5/6-ranked LSU, 77-50, on Jan. 14 - both at home. State concludes the ranked SEC stretch with a game against #4-ranked Tennessee on Jan. 18 in Knoxville.
MSU SERIES TIDBITS
Tennessee leads the series with Miss. State, 25-0. The two teams began their series during the 1985-86 season at Starkville. The closest meeting between UT and MSU was the 2003 SEC Tournament match-up won by the Lady Vols, 76-75, on a Kara Lawson buzzer-beater.
MSU head coach Sharon Fanning was a graduate assistant under Pat Head Summitt during the 1975-76 season. Fanning is one of over four dozen former players, graduate assistants or assistant coaches who have landed collegiate head coaching jobs after their days at Tennessee.
The average score of a UT-MSU game is 83.0 to 71.1. The Lady Vols average margin of victory is +11.9 points.
STATE IS THE ONLY ONE
Mississippi State is still the only SEC school winless against the Tennessee Lady Vols. Entering the 1996-97 season, three SEC teams had never posted a win over the Lady Vols -- Arkansas, Florida and Mississippi State. In that 10-loss national championship season, two of the three picked off the Lady Vols -- Arkansas grabbed a 77-75 win in Fayetteville on Dec. 29, 1996 and Florida turned the trick, 71-62, on Jan. 21, 1997 in Gainesville for the first times ever.
UT-MSU FACING THE RANKED
Tennessee faced their eighth ranked opponent of the 2006-07 season in the win at #15-ranked Georgia. UT is 7-1 in games versus ranked teams out of 17 total contests. Meanwhile Mississippi State will be taking on their fifth ranked opponent in 18 games when they face #4 Tennessee. MSU is 1-3 vs. ranked teams upsetting then #20/23-ranked Arkansas (81-73) and losing to then #13 Purdue (75-49) #15 Georgia (74-61) and #5/6 LSU, 77-50.
OUR LAST MEETING
Rookie Candace Parker had 16 points and 11 rebounds, and top-ranked Tennessee remained unbeaten with a 79-56 victory over Mississippi State on Jan. 15, 2006 in Starkville, Miss. UT's Sidney Spencer and Shanna Zolman added 14 points each for the Lady Vols (17-0, 3-0 SEC), who improved to 25-0 all-time against the Lady Bulldogs. The MSU contest was the first of a treacherous four-game road trip - which included games at nationally ranked Vanderbilt and Duke and a trip to Kentucky. Against the overmatched Lady Bulldogs, Tennessee scored 29 points off 21 Mississippi State turnovers. The Lady Vols never trailed, withstood a Mississippi State rally in the second half and pulled away down the stretch. Tennessee led by as many as 27 in its 11th straight victory in Starkville. For State, Robin Porter had 15 points, Miayorka Johnson had 11 and Heather Hollis added 10 which had lost two straight and three of four. This win came much easier for the Lady Vols than their most recent two games - nine-point home wins over No. 7 Connecticut and Georgia. Tennessee increased its lead to 40-20 on a basket by Tye'sha Fluker just more than two minutes into the second half. After Mississippi State closed to within 10 points on an 11-1 run over the next three minutes, Parker and Fluker took over and put the game out of reach. Parker converted a quick three-point play and Fluker had consecutive baskets to extend Tennessee's lead to 17. The Lady Bulldogs didn't get closer than 13 the rest of the way. Fluker finished with 12 points for the Lady Vols. Parker recorded her second straight double-double and the fifth of her career. Zolman shot a perfect 4-of-4 from the line, moving her into first place in the NCAA Division I record book for career free throw percentage (91.6). The Lady Vols led by 16 at the break and owned a 37-33 rebounding advantage.
FACING THE UNRANKED
When taking on an unranked opponent such as Mississippi State, the odds have typically tipped in Tennessee's favor. In her 33 years at the helm of the Lady Vols, UT head coach Pat Summitt has fashioned a 553-32 (.947) record when going up against unranked teams. The victory over Old Dominion was Summitt's 550th over an unranked foe.
The SEC plays a 14-game regular season schedule with each team playing everyone in the league once, a natural rival twice and designated rotating teams from the SEC East and West once extra time. The Lady Vols face Vanderbilt twice each season as its natural rival and this year will once again face Georgia and Alabama twice. Last season, Tennessee went 6-0 in these games during the regular season.
UT WINNING STREAKS VS. SEC TEAMS
Alabama, 31 in a row, since 3-23-1984
THE SEC REGULAR SEASON STORY
UT's last SEC win at home: Alabama, 72-36, 1-3-07
AGAINST THE SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE
Tennessee owns a 368-57 record all-time record vs. 12 teams from the Southeastern Conference. The Lady Vols maintain a winning record against every team in the SEC.
UT IS AMAZING AT HOME VERSUS THE SEC
Since Tennessee began contesting games with Southeastern Conference opponents, the Lady Vols have produced a 151-11 record in all games played at home. Only six SEC teams have ever managed a victory over the Lady Vols in Knoxville - Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU and Ole Miss. Georgia has won three games on UT's turf while Auburn, Kentucky and Ole Miss have registered two wins each and LSU and Florida one win. Georgia was the only team to defeat UT at home in the 1990s - the Lady Bulldogs turned the trick in 1991 and 1996. LSU and Florida are the only SEC teams to defeat UT at home in the 21st century.
WOW--13 SEASONS OF AT LEAST 10 SEC VICTORIES
In the win over Alabama on Feb. 19, 2006, Tennessee claimed its 10th SEC victory of the 2005-06 season. The Lady Vols have now registered double-digit victories in conference play an incredible 13 times. Since the 1991-92 season when SEC play expanded, the Lady Vols have won at least 10 games in the following years: 1992-10 wins, 1993-11 wins, 1994-11 wins, 1995-11 wins, 1998-14 wins, 1999-13 wins, 2000-13 wins, 2001- 14 wins, 2002- 13 wins, 2003- 14 wins, 2004-14 wins, 2005- 13 wins and 2006-11 wins.
SPOILED, I TELL YOU
Prior to last season, it had been nine years since the Lady Vols dropped three SEC league games during a season. In the 1996-97 HBO documentary campaign of "The Cinderella Season: The Lady Vols Fight Back," Tennessee went 8-4 in the SEC. All-time in 25 years of league play, Tennessee has lost two or more SEC games just seven times. Conversely, the Lady Vols have tallied seven perfect league campaigns in SEC play.
SEC LEAGUE PLAY
UT owns a league best record of 242-33 against all SEC teams dating back to the 1982-83 season.
AP POLL NOTES
This is the 31st year of the Associated Press women's basketball rankings. The first Associated Press poll released of the 2005-06 season marked the 500th all-time poll. Since the poll was started in 1976, UT has failed to appear in just 14 of the total of 527 polls through the years. Currently, UT has been ranked in 385 consecutive polls. Since the 1986-87 season, the Lady Vols have been in the top 10 for all but one poll. UT is the only team to have been ranked every year for the last 31 years of the poll. UT has appeared at least once per season over the poll's history.
SMOKEY TOOK A BITE OUT OF THE GEORGIA LADY 'DAWGS
If you had been watching the sports ticker on Sunday, Jan. 14 and saw the Tennessee 52, Georgia 41 score roll by, your first thought might have been, "it's halftime." Not so. Tennessee's 52-point tally for the game tied the fifth fewest points in UT history. The Lady Vols 25 first half points tied the fewest by UT this season (UT scored just 25 points at North Carolina). Defensively, Georgia's 41 points were the fewest scored by a Lady Bulldog team since 1974. Individually, Sidney Spencer...Eclipsed the 400-rebound plateau for her career; Candace Parker...Extended her streak of games in double figures to 31, despite the fact that she did not score until the clock read 1:39 left in the first half, when she connected on both free throw attempts. Her first field goal came at 12:15 left in the second half...She tied a season high in assists (4); Nicky Anosike...Grabbed her 500th career rebound (502 total), becoming the 33rd Lady Vol of all time to eclipse that mark. Scored in double figures for the fourth time this season, the 18th time of her career; Alexis Hornbuckle...Extended her streak of games with a steal to 53. She has made at least one steal in 74 of 81 career games. Scored in double figures for the seventh time this season, the 29th time in her career; Alex Fuller... Grabbed a career-high-tying eight rebounds.
NO MUSICAL CHAIRS THIS SEASON
Tennessee Lady Vol coach Pat Summitt has utilized just two line-ups this season. She probably would have stayed with just one line-up (Candace Parker, Sidney Spencer, Nicky Anosike, Alexis Hornbuckle and Shannon Bobbitt) if junior college transfer Bobbitt hadn't missed the game at Louisiana Tech on Nov. 28 to take a test. Rookie Cait McMahan started in place of Bobbitt for that game. Using essentially one line-up is a far cry from previous seasons. Last year, Summitt employed seven different combinations with Candace Parker as the only common denominator in 36 games. In 2004-05, Summitt utilized 10 different looks with no player starting all 35 games. UT's line-up saw four different looks in 2003-04 with Shyra Ely and Ashley Robinson starting 35 games. In 2002-03, three starting line-ups were used as Gwen Jackson, Kara Lawson and Loree Moore were constants in the 38 game schedule.
LUCY, YOU GOT SOME X-PLAIN' TO DO
UT Coach Pat Summitt's teams have always been noted for tough defense and board play. Kudos to the 2006-07 team for tough defensive play thus far - holding the opposition to just 55.9 ppg. However, the current squad needs to hang their collective heads in shame for being the worst rebounding team in Lady Vol history. Currently at 37.2 rebounds per game, this team has dipped below the 2005-06 squad who earned the "worst" moniker last season managing just 39.4 rpg in 36 games - breaking a 28-year old record (1977-78 squad who managed just 39.7 rpg in 31 contests).
PARKER RACING THROUGH THE RECORD BOOKS
Lady Vol sophomore All-American Candace Parker is rapidly racing through the Tennessee record books. Through 53 career games, the Naperville, Ill., native has recorded the following totals: 957 points, 446 rebounds and 132 blocks, ranking sixth all-time in the latter category. When she reaches the 1,000-point plateau, she will become just the 29th Lady Vol ever to do so. If she does it before her 57th career game, she will be the fastest Pat Summitt-coached player to amass 1,000 tallies. Chamique Holdsclaw did so in 57 games and Tamika Catchings in 58. Parker's upcoming games: #54 Mississippi State, #55 Duke, #56 at Vanderbilt and #57 at Alabama.
For all of its offensive potential, the Lady Vols currently have just two players averaging double-figure scoring, Candace Parker (19.7 ppg) and Sidney Spencer (12.2 ppg)...Alexis Hornbuckle averaged over 10.0 ppg in the first six games of the season and in four of the last seven contests...Hornbuckle is averaging 9.6 ppg currently...Lady Vol coach Pat Summitt has been on the warpath regarding the team's rebounding prowess of late - or lack thereof... UT has been out rebounded in 9 games this season. Georgia out rebounded UT, 36-33, after Tennessee out-boarded Florida, 46-42, to break a streak of being outrebounded in five consecutive contests ...Tennessee holds an uncharacteristic and scant 3.5 rebounding advantage over the its foes...Year-in and year-out, UT teams are usually noted for pounding the ball in the paint for the majority of its points...Times, they are a'changing ... This season, one-fourth of Tennessee's makes and attempts have come from three-point range (104-255 three-pointers and 475-1014 for all shots)...Senior Sidney Spencer has led the nation for a majority of the season with a gaudy shooting percentage between 52% and 65% from three-point land...The 6'3" senior forward is a tough match-up and has found ways to get herself open for good looks at the trey - Spencer is a nation-leading .535 this week from three-point land.
LADY VOL STREAKS
The last time the Lady Vols lost at home was against Florida, 95-93 OT on Feb. 26, 2006 -- since then, UT has won nine games at home. The last time UT lost on the road was on Dec. 3, 2006 at UNC, since then, UT is 5-0 on the road. The last time the Lady Vols lost on a neutral court was against North Carolina, 75-63, in the NCAA Elite 8 game on Mar. 28, 2006. Since that time, UT has not played on a neutral court.
LADY VOLS: THE BEST AND THE WORST OF 2006-07
MOST POINTS BY TENNESSEE IN A GAME:1 02 points ....vs. Chattanooga (11/12)
LADY VOLS BY DOUBLE DIGITS
PARKER'S A FOUL MAGNET
Lady Vol sophomore All-American Candace Parker has been a foul magnet in 2006-07. With all of the double and triple-teaming she has seen this season, 25 percent of the opponent's 320 total fouls have been inflicted on her. In 17 games this season, Parker has drawn 94 fouls. In the game against Notre Dame, she was fouled 10 times by the Irish, eclipsing nine fouls whistled against players from Arizona State, Stanford and North Carolina. To date, Parker has visited the charity stripe 101 times this season - about six times a game. Against UConn, seven of the Huskies total of 13 fouls came while trying to stop Parker.
UT IS 'DUNK U'
Tennessee Lady Vol sophomore Candace Parker leads a group of five women who have dunked in a collegiate women's basketball game. Parker, with six career dunks, ranks ahead of former Lady Vol Michelle Snow (1998-2002) who recorded three dunks during her career at Tennessee.
Candace Parker, Tennessee (6)
* NCAA Tournament, first round
TRAILED AT HOME FOR JUST SEVEN MINUTES
During the Lady Vols nine home contests, they have trailed their opponent on the scoreboard just seven times for a total of 7:02. Tennessee has been tied or ahead 97.8% of the time (3:12:58 of 360 minutes), including every second of play in the second half of each game. The largest deficit for UT was six points (13-7) against Middle Tennessee State on Nov. 26. Tennessee fell behind against UCLA (:10), Stanford (2:10), MTSU (4:18) and West Virginia (:24), but never trailed against Chattanooga, UT-Martin, George Washington, Notre Dame or Alabama.
WHAT DOESN'T KILL YOU MAKES YOU STRONGER
Tennessee leads the SEC in number of games versus ranked opponents. UT has played eight ranked opponents this season and will face #1 ranked Duke on Jan. 22. Florida and Georgia have faced five ranked teams while LSU and Mississippi State have played four ranked teams; South Carolina, Mississippi, and Vanderbilt have taken on three ranked opponents. Kentucky, Auburn and Arkansas have played two ranked teams on the season and Alabama has faced one.
OVER 500 GAMES VS. RANKED
Tennessee's game versus #13 Georgia on Feb. 16, 2006 was the Lady Vols' 500th all-time versus a ranked team since the inception of the polls in 1976. UT is an amazing 376-146 (.703) versus ranked teams. This season, UT is 7-1 in ranked meetings. Last year, Tennessee was 13-3 versus ranked teams.
PARKER EARNS SEC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Lady Vol sophomore All-American Candace Parker earned SEC Co-Player of the Week honors for her performances against Alabama and #5-ranked Connecticut (week of Jan. 1-7). She shared the accolade with Mississippi's Armintie Price. Against Alabama on Jan. 3, Parker picked off a career-best five steals. She also added 15 points, five rebounds and five blocks; all in a limited 24 minutes of playing time. Tennessee took its 31st consecutive win against the Tide with the 72-36 routing. On Jan. 6, the Lady Vols defeated #5-ranked Connecticut, 70-64. In the victory, Parker was named the CBS and Lady Vol player of the game for her 30 points, 12 rebounds, six blocks and four assists in her first 40-minute game of the season. One of the many 6-4 sophomore's highlights was a dunk early in the second half to put UT up by 16. Parker previously captured player of the week honors on Nov. 20 and Nov. 27 of this season.
LADY VOLS CHOMPED ON THE GATOR'S TAIL THIS TIME
Last season, unranked Florida spoiled Tennessee's senior day with a 95-93 OT win in Knoxville. The loss also probably cost the team a #1 seed in the 2006 NCAA Tournament. On Jan. 11, UT took care of business in "The Swamp" hanging a 80-58 loss on the Gators. Tennessee jumped out to a 25-0 lead before Florida scored with 12:20 left on the clock in the first half. It was the second longest opening drought by a UT opponent this season. Tennessee-Martin did not score until the clock read 11:44 and Tennessee had an 18-0 lead.
In the bad news department, the 41.7 percent from the foul line was UT's worst mark this season as UT was a dismal 5-12 from the charity stripe. Individually there were some real bright spots: Sidney Spencer...scored in double figures for the 12th time this season, the 39th time of her career; tallied a career-high-tying 21 points; made four of her first five three-point attempts... finished the game 5-of-7 from beyond the arc; her five treys tied a career high and tied for the ninth-most in a game by a Lady Vol; Alexis Hornbuckle...extended her streak of games with a steal to 52...Earned season and SEC career highs in rebounds (9) and assists (10)...Moved into 20th place in the UT record books for career assists (290)...Moved past Mary Ostrowski and into 14th place in the UT record books for career steals (209)...Earned her first career double-double in assists (10) and points (10); Candace Parker...Scored in double figures for the 30th straight game
Junior Alexis Hornbuckle missed out on her first career triple-double in the game versus Florida on Jan. 11, 2007. Hornbuckle tallied 10 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds in 29 minutes of action. At the end of the game, her teammates were encouraging her to grab one final board after Hornbuckle dished out her 10th assist with 27 seconds to go. Hornbuckle just missed a triple-double a year ago in the game against Connecticut in Knoxville on Jan. 7. 2006. She grabbed 14 rebounds, scored 10 points and dished nine assists.
HOPE TO DO BETTER IN THE SEC SLATE THIS SEASON
The Tennessee Lady Vols hope to turn in a better showing in the Southeastern Conference regular season slate in 2006-07. Last season, UT lost an uncharacteristic three games in the SEC - at Kentucky (66-63), at home to LSU (72-69) and Florida (95-93 OT). Eight points separated UT from a perfect 14-0 mark to a nine-season low 11-3 SEC record. In fact, from the 1997-98 season until the 2004-05 campaign, Tennessee lost a total of four SEC games in the regular season.
THE BOOK ON BOBBITT
The scouting report on Lady Vol junior Shannon Bobbitt has undergone some revisions of late. In a four-game stretch (ODU to UConn), Bobbitt emerged into more of a scoring role. The diminutive New Yorker averaged 11.8 ppg, 44% FG, 60% three-pointers, 100% from the free throw line in contests against Old Dominion, Notre Dame, Alabama and #5-ranked Connecticut. Against the Irish, Bobbitt connected for a career high 17 points. In the win over UConn, Bobbitt drilled three treys in the opening stanza.
375TH WIN OVER A RANKED TEAM IN GAME VS. UCONN
Lady Vol coach Pat Summitt collected her 375th all-time win over a ranked team when #4-ranked Tennessee defeated #5-ranked Connecticut on Jan. 6. Summitt has a ridiculous 72 percent winning percentage in ranked games (376-146).
LADY VOLS IN NCAA STATS
Tennessee appears in a number of categories in the latest NCAA stats (thru 1/16/07). UT ranks fourth in the nation in three-point field goal accuracy, 13th in the nation in field goal accuracy, seventh in blocked shots with 6.4 bpg, seventh in steals with 13.3, 11th in scoring margin at +20.1 ppg, 20th in scoring with 75.9 ppg, and 28th in assists with 16.5 per game. Individually, Sidney Spencer ranks first the nation in three-point field goal accuracy with 53.5 percent, Alexis Hornbuckle is 12th in steals with 3.4 thefts and Candace Parker is 19th nationally with 19.7 ppg and 17th in 2.7 blocks per game.
UT LEADS IN HOME ATTENDANCE
Tennessee, once again, leads the NCAA women's basketball attendance race. UT easily passed the 100,000 mark in home attendance before the new year with 19,092 versus Notre Dame. The current attendance standings: 1.Tennessee 13,038 (117,338/9), 2. Connecticut 11,526 (126,790/11), 3. Texas Tech 10,823 (86,583/8), 4.Oklahoma 9,994 (49,969/5) and 5. New Mexico 9,118 (82,066/9).
ELITE COMPANY FOR BIG NICK
Junior post Nicky Anosike has moved into an elite Lady Vol club. "Big Nick" has joined Tennessee greats Chamique Holdsclaw and Tamika Catchings as the only Lady Vols all-time to accumulate at least 500+ points, 400+ rebounds, 80+ blocked shots, 100+ assists and 100+ steals. The mobile 6-4 Anosike has generated 630 points, 502 rebounds, 106 blocked shots, 138 assists, and 123 steals in 88 career games.
ALREADY BYPASSED 100,000 IN HOME ATTENDANCE
The Tennessee Lady Vols have eclipsed 100,000 in home attendance for the 13th consecutive season and the earliest in program history. Through nine home games, UT has recorded a total attendance of 117,338 for a nation-leading average of 13,038.
SUMMITT GETS 929TH WIN
While Texas Tech's Bobby Knight finally reached 880 wins on the men's side, Lady Vol coach Pat Summitt recorded her 929th victory with a 80-58 win over Florida on Jan. 11, 2007. Summitt recorded her 880th win, passing North Carolina's Dean Smith on Mar. 22, 2005 with a 75-54 victory over Purdue in the NCAA Tournament. Summitt has registered 49 wins since then. Summitt is a season and a half of wins ahead of Coach Knight.
SURPRISE! UT IS #1 IN SOS/RPI
I know it is a huge surprise but the Tennessee Lady Vols hold a large percentile advantage in both the Ratings Percentage Index and the Strength of Schedule through the first 17 games of the season. Also listed are UT's opponents this season.
TENNESSEE TOPS AP ALL-TIME
The Tennessee Lady Vols are the top-ranked team in the history of the Top 25 rankings in the Associated Press poll. The poll, now in its 31st season, has found Pat Summitt's Tennessee Lady Vols ranked in 514 of a possible 528 polls. Through the poll released on Jan. 16, the top five team poll rankings are:
WELCOME TO "THE SUMMITT"
The playing court in the Thompson-Boling Arena on the University of Tennessee campus donned a new look for the 2005-06 season. After Lady Vol coach Pat Summitt passed Dean Smith for most NCAA collegiate basketball wins of all-time with a 75-54 win over Purdue on Mar. 22, 2005, UT named the TBA court, "The Summitt." The floor had a complete overhaul with permanent logos of both the Lady Vols and Vols painted directly in front of the scorer's table; the free throw lanes were painted orange with "SEC" reversed out; the giant jump circle/mid-court TENNESSEE was given a new brighter color scheme, and "The Summitt," Coach Summitt's actual signature adorns the sidelines opposite the team benches.
ON OUR WAY TO 300 WINS
Tennessee recorded its 200th win in Thompson-Boling Arena when the Lady Vols defeated the University of Southern California on Nov. 18, 2001, 106-66. UT has now amassed a 274-16 (.943) record since the Orange and White moved into the Thompson-Boling Arena to start the 1987-88 season 19-years ago. Along the way, the Lady Vols have produced nine flawless home records in 1988-89 (15-0), 1991-92 (14-0), 1992-93 (13-0), 1993-94 (15-0), 1994-95 (15-0), 1997-98 (16-0), 1998-99 (14-0), 2000-01 (15-0) and 2002-03 (16-0). UT also registered an NCAA record 69-game home court-winning streak from Feb. 1, 1991 thru Jan. 2, 1996.
JUST 16 LOSSES
The Tennessee Lady Vols rarely lose at home. In fact, since moving to the Thompson-Boling Arena for the 1987-88 campaign, UT has lost two games in one season just six times. UT lost two games in TBA during the inaugural 1987-88 campaign, 1996-97, 1999-00, 2001-02, 2003-04 and the 2005-06 seasons. The 16 all-time losses at Thompson-Boling Arena have come at the hands of just nine teams: Florida (2006), LSU (2006), Duke (2004), Connecticut (2004, 2002, 2000, 1996), Louisiana Tech (1999, 1989), Georgia (1996, 1991), Texas (2003, 2002, 1987), Stanford (1996) and Auburn (1988).
HOME SWEET HOME -- 400th HOME WIN
The victory over Georgia on Jan. 31, 2005, was the Lady Vols 400th home win since Pat Summitt took over as head coach in 1974. Summitt has won 91.4 percent of all home games in 33 years producing a 426-40 overall record. Home losses (in the Summitt era) include: six in Alumni Gym from 1974-76; 18 in Stokely Athletics Center from 1976-87; and 16 in Thompson-Boling Arena since 1987.
225 OF 238 AT HOME
UT has won 225 of their last 238 games in Thompson-Boling Arena dating back to 2-1-91. UT's 13 losses during this time have been to Florida, LSU, Duke, Louisiana Tech, UConn (four times), Stanford, Texas (three times) and Georgia (OT).
LAST LOSS TO AN UNRANKED TEAM?
Florida became the second unranked team in the 2005-06 season to knock off the Lady Vols, when they won 95-93 OT on Feb. 26, 2006. Exactly one month earlier, unranked Kentucky turned the trick with a 66-63 win over #1/3-ranked Tennessee on Jan. 26, 2006 at Rupp Arena. Previously, it had been four years since an unranked team upset the Lady Vols. So before Florida and Kentucky had their way with UT, when was the last time Tennessee lost to an unranked team? That would have been to LSU on Mar. 2, 2002 at the SEC Tournament in Nashville, Tenn. LSU had been in and out of the Top 25 polls in late January and February. Prior to that, UT's last loss to an unranked team was five years previous (to the day) losing to Auburn on Mar. 2, 1997 at the SEC Tournament.
100 POINT GAMES
Since 1974, the Lady Vols have gone over the century mark 72 times. Last season, UT eclipsed 100 points in two games - Princeton, 107 and #16/18 Texas, 102. The 1987-88 team hit triple digits in seven games to lead the NCAA.
The Lady Vols are 24-13 all-time in overtime games. The most OT games in a year was tied in 2003-04 with four as the Lady Vols went 3-1 in overtime losing to Georgia, 68-66, and defeating Auburn, 68-61, DePaul, 96-89, and Stanford, 70-66. It tied the mark set in 1996-97, when the Lady Vols were 3-1 in overtime contests losing to Georgia, 94-93, and defeating Texas, 68-65, Vanderbilt, 92-79 and LSU, 100-99. UT's 22 points in the OT against Florida (2-3-05), was the most ever scored by the Lady Vols in a single overtime. UT's most recent OT affair was a 95-93 loss to Florida on 2-26-06.