Jan. 31, 2007
Tennessee (19-2, 6-0 SEC)
|Feb. 1, 2007 - Thompson-Boling Arena - (24,535) - 7 p.m. ET|
The #3-ranked Tennessee Lady Vols (19-2, 6-0 SEC) are on the verge of the program's 31st consecutive season with at least 20-wins when they take on the South Carolina Gamecocks (13-9, 3-4 SEC) in a key SEC contest in Knoxville, Tenn. on Feb. 1.
LADY VOLS AT A GLANCE
This is the Lady Vols' 33rd season under Head Coach Pat Summitt...She has compiled a staggering 932-179 overall record... Is just 68 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 8...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 marked 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.
THE 4-1-1 ON THE GAMECOCKS
Last week, South Carolina picked up a pair of SEC victories, downing Florida, 79-51, and defeating Kentucky, 66-56. USC's Melanie Johnson played a critical role in both wins, notching double-doubles and leading the team in scoring and rebounding in each contest. Johnson has picked up her play at just the right time, as the Gamecocks have been without the services of point guard Lea Fabbri for the last four games after she sprained her ankle in their win over Alabama on Jan. 14. The senior has been upgraded to questionable for tonight's game after practicing this week for the first time since sustaining the injury. South Carolina can trace its success this season to its ability to hit the boards, as it leads the SEC and is sixth in the country with a +11.2 rebounding margin this season. It also tops the league and ranks 10th in the nation in the blocked shots category, having rejected an average of 5.82 shots per game. On offense, USC is led by senior Lauren Simms, who is scoring at a clip of 9.3 points per game. She enters today's contest with 989 career points and needs just 11 points to become the 26th player in South Carolina history to score 1,000 career points. Just behind her is 6-5 senior forward Iva Sliskovic, who is putting up 9.2 points per game of her own.
OUR SCHEDULE THIS WEEK
This week, the Lady Vols return to SEC schedule normalcy facing South Carolina at home on Thurs., Feb. 1 and entertaining #14-ranked Georgia in an ESPN2 "Rivalry Week" match-up on Mon., Feb. 5.
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 12-2 on TV this season.
ON THIS DAY
UT is 7-0 in games played on Feb. 1. The Lady Vols are 6-0 at home, 1-0 on the road and 0-0 on neutral courts. The last time out on Feb. 1, the Lady Vols registered a 68-61 overtime victory over Auburn in Knoxville in 2004.
Last year at this time, the Lady Vols were 19-2 and had just defeated Alabama, 89-54.
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), Vandy1 (.458), Alabama2 (.453), Florida (.442), West Virginia (.431), Texas (.429); 30%FG: Georgia1 (.396), Miss. St. (.395), Notre Dame (.381), UConn (.371), North Carolina (.362), Duke (.361)
DEEE ----- FENSE
In all games, this is how the opposition has shot from the field: 50%FG: none, 40%FG: Duke (.491), GWU (.472), Arizona St. (.469), Stanford (.456), MTSU (.453), UCLA (.451), North Carolina (.444), Vandy1 (.438), UConn (.433), Chattanooga (.431), Miss. State (.409), Notre Dame (.407), 30%FG: ODU (.396), Alabama2 (.378), Alabama1 (.369), West Virginia (.352), 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), +29 (2), +24 (2), +23 (2), +22 (1), +21 (2), +17 (1), + 16 (1), +15 (1), +11 (1), + 10 (1), +9 (1), +6 (1).
UPCOMING OPPONENT - GEORGIA
On Monday, Feb. 5, Georgia travels to Tennessee for a "Rivalry Week" meeting on ESPN2. Tonight, however, #14-ranked Georgia (18-4, 5-2 SEC) and #7-ranked LSU (20-2, 6-1 SEC) clash in Athens, Ga. Earlier this season, LSU defeated Georgia, 57-55, in Baton Rouge, La. In their last outing, the #15/14-ranked Georgia Lady Bulldogs' Tasha Humphrey scored 19 points and Ashley Houts added 16 to help UGA beat Florida, 77-54, on Jan. 28 in Gainesville, Fla. The Lady Bulldogs ended the first half with a 9-1 run and led 36-27 at the break. The Lady Gators (6-16, 0-7) trimmed the lead to 53-49 but Georgia closed the game with a 24-5 spurt. Houts added six rebounds, four assists and five steals for Georgia, which was 9-of-20 from behind the arc to complement Humphrey's dominance. Janese Hardrick and Cori Chambers added 11 points apiece for the Bulldogs.
SOUTH CAROLINA NOTEBOOK
With a record of 13-9, 3-4 in SEC action, South Carolina comes to Rocky Top tied for seventh in the league standings. While the Gamecocks have been solid at home with a 12-3 record, they have struggled on the road this season, posting just a single win in seven attempts. Last week, USC picked up a pair of SEC victories, downing Florida, 79-51, and taking out Kentucky, 66-56.
Tennessee leads the series with South Carolina, 36-2. The UT Media Relations Office recognizes all recorded games played with newspaper accounts and/or box scores. The series with USC indicates a win and a loss pre-dating the Pat Summitt years yielding a 36-2 record. The Summitt era has only found UT on the losing end to the Gamecocks once -- Jan. 23, 1980 in Columbia, 56-52. It happened when the Carolina Pep Band positioned itself behind the UT bench and played its amplified drums, electric guitars, etc. for all 40 minutes of the game. UT huddles, held practically at the free throw line, did little good. Shortly thereafter, a ban on bands playing during the game and disallowing electronic amplification, was instituted by the AIAW.
HEADING INTO THE GAME...
UT and USC meet tonight for the 39th time in the series. The Lady Vols have recorded 32 consecutive victories over the Gamecocks dating back to the 1979-80 season when UT associate head coach Holly Warlick was the starting point guard.
SPINDERELLA IS A GAMECOCK
Lurking on the sidelines for South Carolina is "Spinderella" former Lady Vol crowd favorite Michelle Marciniak. As a 5'9" guard, she donned #3 in the Orange & White and played for UT in 1993-96. Marciniak averaged 10.2 ppg and 2.7 rpg over her three year UT career. Dubbed "Spinderella" because of her famous spin moves, she was the MVP of the 1996 NCAA Championships when UT captured title #4 in Charlotte, N.C.
OUR LAST MEETING
Tye'sha Fluker had 14 of her 18 points in the second half to lead top-ranked Tennessee to its 32nd straight win over South Carolina, 66-51, on Jan.4, 2006, in Columbia, S.C. Fluker, a senior reserve, matched her career high for the Lady Vols (14-0), who opened SEC play with a win for the 10th consecutive season. South Carolina (9-4) came into the game with the league's top-field goal defense and a seven-game win streak of its own. Fluker came off the bench to give Tennessee a winning lift as rookie Candace Parker struggled to put up points and frontline starter Nicky Anosike was in foul trouble throughout. The Lady Vols led just 25-24 a minute into the second half when Fluker got going with her own 9-0 run. She had back-to-back baskets to extend the lead to 29-24, then made a three-point play and put back Parker's miss. The Gamecocks seemed to lose steam after that. By the time UT's Shanna Zolman hit her second straight 3-pointer, Tennessee was up 42-31 with 13:18 left. Fluker's basket midway through the half increased the lead to 52-36. Fluker hit 8 of 11 shots to tie her career-best. She also added six rebounds and three steals. Parker had a tough night on the floor and finished 4-for- 10 for 10 points and nine rebounds. Lauren Simms led South Carolina with 16 points. Tennessee led 25-21 at the break. The 25 first half points were the fewest by Tennessee to date in the 2006 season. Sidney Spencer had two 3-pointers and the Lady Vols turned up their defense - South Carolina was just 2 of 13 shooting and had five turnovers during Tennessee's charge. The 42-28 rebounding advantage and 59 percent shooting in the second half helped in the Lady Vols' SEC opener.
FACING THE UNRANKED
When taking on an unranked opponent such as South Carolina, 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 555-32 (.947) record when going up against unranked teams. The victory over Old Dominion was Summitt's 550th over an unranked foe.
UT-SOUTH CAROLINA FACING THE RANKED
Tennessee faced their 10th ranked opponent of the 2006-07 season in the victory over Vanderbilt. UT is 8-2 in games versus ranked teams out of 21 total contests. Meanwhile South Carolina will be taking on their fifth ranked opponent in 23 games when they face #3 Tennessee. South Carolina is 0-4 vs. ranked teams having lost to then-#3 Oklahoma, 78-51, #10-ranked Stanford, 69-54, #14 Vanderbilt, 67-66, and #24 Mississippi, 76-57.
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, 32 in a row, since 3-23-1984
THE SEC REGULAR SEASON STORY
UT's last SEC win at home: Miss. State, 73-44, 1-18-07
AGAINST THE SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE
Tennessee owns a 371-57 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 152-11 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 245-33 against all SEC teams dating back to the 1982-83 season.
THIS IS AMAZING
From 1980-1997, the Lady Vols claimed a total of six SEC regular season titles in 17 years. From 1998-2004, Tennessee captured seven consecutive SEC regular season crowns producing an amazing 109-4 record. UT's only league losses were to Vandy, Georgia and LSU (twice) during this stretch.
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 530 polls through the years. Currently, UT has been ranked in 388 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.
CLOSING IN ON 20 WINS
The Tennessee Lady Vols are closing in on yet another 20-win season. With its next victory, it will mark the 31st consecutive time a Lady Vol team reached at least 20 wins in a season under Coach Pat Summitt. Should the Lady Vols pick-up win #20 against South Carolina on Feb. 1, it would tie the third fastest Summitt team to attain at least 20 wins. The 20 win seasons on the date they were achieved:
SUMMITT'S NON-20-WIN SEASONS?
Tennessee's Pat Summitt has only had two teams fail to reach 20-win seasons during her 33-year tenure...In her first and second seasons (1974-75 and 1975-76) at UT, the Lady Vols were 16-8 and 16-11, respectively.
DOUBLED UP BAMA
Tennessee's victory at Alabama on Jan. 28 was the Lady Vols second win this season over the Crimson Tide. At 6-0, the Lady Vols are off to their best SEC start since the 2003-04 season. The win was Tennessee's 32nd consecutive over the Tide. UT's 29-point margin of victory was the largest on the road for the Lady Vols this season. Individually, Shannon Bobbitt...Scored a career-high 20 points and drained six three-pointers, which ties the second most in a game by a Lady Vol; Candace Parker...Scored her 1,000th career point during the 56th game of her career, making her the fastest Lady Vol in history to amass 1,000 tallies. Chamique Holdsclaw did so in 57 games. Parker is the 30th 1,000-point scorer at Tennessee. Saw her streak of 33 consecutive games in double-digit scoring come to an end; Alexis Hornbuckle...Extended her streak of games with a steal to 57. She now has at least one steal in 78 of 85 career games; Alberta Auguste...Sank a career-high three treys, and Alex Fuller...Tied an SEC-career-high 12 points.
PARKER -- FASTEST TO 1,000 CAREER POINTS
In Tennessee's game versus Alabama on Jan. 28, Lady Vol sophomore All-American Candace Parker scored her 1,000th career point during the 56th game of her career, making her the fastest Lady Vol in history to amass 1,000 points. Former Lady Vol All-Americans Chamique Holdsclaw did it in 57 games and Tamika Catchings in 58 games. Parker is the 30th 1,000-point scorer at Tennessee.
MOATS ON MEDICAL STATUS
University of Tennessee Lady Vol head coach Pat Summitt has announced that freshman Nicci Moats will remain on medical leave from the team for the remainder of the season. "Nicci is a great young lady, and we're all very supportive of this decision," said Summitt. "We're looking forward to having her back on the court next fall." Moats is a 6-2 rookie forward from Daleville, Va. "After talking with the medical staff, I decided to take a leave from playing with the team for the remainder of the season so my focus can be on getting healthy and concentrating on my academics," said Moats.
GOT OFF THE MAT AT VANDERBILT
The Tennessee Lady Vols recorded a tough 67-57 win at #15/14 Vanderbilt on Jan. 25 despite enduring 10 lead changes and five ties. Had the Commodores been successful at converting points off of turnovers, the outcome might have been different. UT had 25 miscues (a season high) but Vanderbilt converted just 12 points. Conversely, UT tallied 29 points from 27 Vandy turnovers. The victory gives UT a six-game road winning streak this season. Individually, Sidney Spencer... Scored a career-high 26 points en route to surpassing the 900-points plateau for her career (922) and scored in double figures for the 15th time this season, the 42nd time in her career. Additionally, she scored 20+ points for the third time this season and the fifth time of her career; Alexis Hornbuckle...Surpassed the 300-assists (304) plateau for her career...Extended her streak of games with a steal to 56. She now has at least one steal in 77 of 84 career games...Moved into a tie for 11th place with Tonya Edwards for career steals (223); Candace Parker...Earned the 20th double-double of her career, moving her into ninth place for most career double-doubles in Lady Vol history. She now has 10 as a sophomore - the third most by a second-year Lady Vol. Drew 12 fouls on Vanderbilt, the most she's drawn by an opponent in a game this season.
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
Lady Vol sophomore Alex Fuller received four stitches over her eye when she hit the deck hard and slid on the hardwood at Vanderbilt. Fuller logged 17 minutes in the win at #15/14 Vanderbilt.
AVOIDED THE DUKE SWOON
UT faced a tough #15/14-ranked Vanderbilt squad following the loss three days earlier to top-ranked Duke, 74-70. This season, the Lady Vols avoided the "Duke Swoon" with a 67-57 win. Last season, following the 75-53 loss at #2-ranked Duke, the Tennessee Lady Vols went into a tailspin in their next game and lost at Kentucky, 66-63, three days later. It marked the first back-to-back defeats for the Lady Vols in nine years when the Lady Kats recorded the win in Rupp Arena. Against UK, Candace Parker was UT's only double-digit scorer tallying 25 points. Fellow starters Nicky Anosike and Sidney Spencer chipped in nine points each, while Tye Fluker added seven points and Alexis Hornbuckle just a single digit in the loss. Shanna Zolman, who came in off the bench, tallied nine points. This season,
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, almost one-third of the opponent's 387 total fouls have been inflicted on her. In 20 games this season, Parker has drawn 118 fouls. In the game against Vanderbilt, she was fouled a dozen times by the Commodores (out of 22 total team fouls). Previously 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 122 times this season - about six times a game. Against UConn, seven of the Huskies total of 13 fouls came while trying to stop Parker.
JUST TOO MUCH DOOOK
Duke etched their name in the Lady Vol record books holding Tennessee without a bucket for the first 5:58 to start the game. An 11-0 run out against Tennessee is recalled as the best opponent start, however, Duke's 19-0 beginning is now the best ever versus the Lady Vols. Tennessee fell into a 21-point hole (28-7 at 9:23 in the first half) before rallying to narrow the halftime deficit to 11 points (38-27). The 21-point deficit in the first half was the largest of the season for UT...The Duke game marked the first time UT hadn't led in a game this season. Duke's Abby Waner made six three-pointers, tying for the fifth most by an opposing player in Lady Vol history. Duke recorded the highest field goal percentage of any team against the Lady Vols in the 2006-07 season, .491. Conversely, UT dipped to a season low .361 from the field. Free throw defense stymied Tennessee as the Lady Vols connected for just 8-17 (.471) and All-American Candace Parker was affected the most going just 1-7 from the charity stripe. In a positive vein, UT tied a season-high with 10 three-pointers. Individually, Alexis Hornbuckle ... Extended her streak of games with a steal to 55. She now has at least one steal in 76 of 83 career games. She moved past Dena Head and into a tie with Sheila Frost for 12th place in the UT record books for career steals (219). She reached double figures for the ninth time this season and the 41st time in her career while scoring a career-high-tying 19 points; Candace Parker...Reached double figures for the 18th time this season, the 32nd time in a row, and the 51st time of her career. With 22 points in the game, she scored 20+ points for the eighth time of the season and the 19th time of her career. With 10 rebounds, she earned her ninth double-double of the season and the 19th of her career. Parker's six blocks moved into a tie for fifth place with Teresa Geter in the UT record books for career blocks (138); Sidney Spencer...Moved into fourth place in the UT record books for career free throw percentage (.829). Additionally, she scored in double figures for the 14th time this season, the 41st time in her career and Nicky Anosike... With 10 rebounds, she grabbed double-digit rebounds for the second straight game, the third time of the season and the 12th time of her career.
FACING NUMBER ONE
Tennessee has faced the nation's top-ranked team 42 times in games dating back to the 1976-77 season. The Lady Vols have notched 14 upset victories over the #1-ranked team and fallen in defeat 28 times.
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)
NO MUSICAL CHAIRS THIS SEASON
Tennessee Lady Vol coach Pat Summitt has utilized just three 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 and Parker hadn't fallen ill prior to the Mississippi State game on Jan. 18. Rookie Cait McMahan started in place of Bobbitt for the La Tech game while Parker was replaced by Alex Fuller for the Miss. State contest. 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.
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 56.0 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 37.5 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 56 career games, the Naperville, Ill., native has recorded the following totals: 1,007 points, 475 rebounds and 146 blocks. When she reached the 1,000-point plateau, she became just the 30th Lady Vol ever to do so. Additionally, she is the fastest Pat Summitt-coached player to amass 1,000 tallies in just 56 games. Chamique Holdsclaw did so in 57 games and Tamika Catchings in 58.
BEFORE DUKE DEBACLE, UT TRAILED AT HOME FOR JUST SEVEN MINUTES
Before trailing 39 minutes and 49 seconds versus Duke (UT was tied with the Blue Devils for 11 seconds), the Lady Vols had been tough at home. During the Lady Vols previous 10 home contests, they trailed their opponent on the scoreboard just seven times for a total of 7:02. Before Duke, Tennessee has been tied or ahead 97.8% of the time (3:12:58 of 400 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, Alabama or Mississippi State.
LADY VOL STREAKS
The last time the Lady Vols lost at home was against Duke, 74-70, on Jan. 22, 2007, -- since then, UT has not played at home. The last time UT lost on the road was on Dec. 3, 2006 at UNC, since then, UT is 7-0 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.
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 377-147 (.700) versus ranked teams. This season, UT is 8-2 in ranked meetings. Last year, Tennessee was 13-3 versus ranked teams.
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.
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 (377-147).
LADY VOLS IN NCAA STATS
Tennessee appears in a number of categories in the latest NCAA stats (thru 1/28/07). UT ranks fourth in the nation in three-point field goal accuracy, 17th in the nation in field goal accuracy, 12th in blocked shots, seventh in steals, ninth in scoring margin, 19th in scoring, and 22nd in assists. Individually, Sidney Spencer ranks third the nation in three-point field goal accuracy, Alexis Hornbuckle is 10th in steals with 3.4 thefts and Candace Parker is 21st nationally in scoring and 16th in 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 13,940 (153,337/11), 2. Connecticut 11,263 (146,416/13), 3. Texas Tech 10,803 (108,026/10), 4.Oklahoma 9,978 (78,827/8) and 5. New Mexico 9,478 (104,253/11).
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 643 points, 529 rebounds, 106 blocked shots, 142 assists, and 125 steals in 92 career games.
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 21 games. Also listed are UT's opponents this season.
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 11 home games, UT has recorded a total attendance of 153,337 for a nation-leading average of 13,940.
SUMMITT GETS 932ND WIN
While Texas Tech's Bobby Knight finally reached 880 wins on the men's side, Lady Vol coach Pat Summitt recorded her 932nd victory with a 80-51 win over Alabama on Jan. 28, 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 52 wins since then. Summitt is a season and a half of wins ahead of Coach Knight.
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 515 of a possible 529 polls. Through the poll released on Jan. 22, 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 275-17 (.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 17 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 17 all-time losses at Thompson-Boling Arena have come at the hands of just nine teams: Florida (2006), LSU (2006), Duke (2004 and 2007), 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 427-41 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 17 in Thompson-Boling Arena since 1987.
226 OF 240 AT HOME
UT has won 226 of their last 240 games in Thompson-Boling Arena dating back to 2-1-91. UT's 14 losses during this time have been to Florida, LSU, Duke (twice), 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.