Feb. 1, 2009
|February 2, 2009 - 7:30 p.m. ET|
Ford Center (18,836) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Tennessee coach Pat Summitt and her #13/15-ranked Lady Vols (16-4, 5-2 SEC) will try to make basketball history as they travel to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, for a "Big Monday" meeting on ESPN2 taking on the #2-ranked Oklahoma Sooners (18-2, 7-0 Big 12) in the Ford Center. Summitt will be seeking her 1000th coaching victory.
LADY VOLS AT A GLANCEThis is the Lady Vols' 35th season under Head Coach Pat Summitt...She has compiled a staggering 999-186 overall record... Is just ONE win 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 2006-07 and 2007-08 squads were crowned as the NCAA Champions producing the program's seventh and eighth titles...Last season, UT fi nished with a 36-2 overall record and were also the SEC Tournament Champions... This season, UT returned fi ve letterwinners, a redshirt freshman and welcomed a talented six-pack rookie class...The 2008-09 season marked the Lady Vol debut for freshmen: #1 Briana Bass, a 5-2 guard from Indianapolis, Ind., #10 Amber Gray, a 6-1 forward/center from West Chester, Ohio, #15 Alicia Manning, a 6-1 guard/forward from Woodstock, Ga., #25 Glory Johnson, a 6-3 forward from Knoxville, Tenn., #33 Alyssia Brewer, a 6-3 forward from Sapulpa, Okla. and #40 Shekinna Stricklen, a 6-2 guard/forward from Morrilton, Ark. A redshirt freshman, #52 Kelley Cain, a 6-6 center from Atlanta, Ga., restarted her rookie season after undergoing surgery in December 2007.
OUR SCHEDULE THIS WEEKThe traveling road show packs up again -- been living out of suitcases in 7 of the last 10 games -- and travels to Oklahoma City for a showdown with #2-ranked Oklahoma on Feb. 2 at 6:30 p.m. CT at the Ford Center in a "Big Monday" game on ESPN2. The Lady Vols return home to face a dangerous Georgia team on Feb. 5 in Knoxville at 7 p.m.
NEXT WEEKThe Lady Vols have three games on the docket in seven days -- at Oklahoma City to face #2-ranked Oklahoma on Mon., Feb. 2... at home to take on SEC rival Georgia on Thurs., Feb. 5 and back on the road traveling to Gainesville to face #12/16-ranked Florida on Sun., Feb. 8.
ON THIS DAY IN LADY VOL BASKETBALL HISTORYUT is 13-2-1 all-time on February 2 featuring a 8-1 record at home, a 5-1-1 slate on the road and a 0-0 mark on neutral courts. The last time the Lady Vols were in action on this date, Tennessee defeated Mississippi, 78-63, in Oxford, Miss., in 2006.
LOOKING BACKLast year at this time, the #2-ranked Lady Vols were 19-1 (6-0 SEC) on the campaign after defeating Ole Miss, 68-44, in Oxford, Miss.
LADY VOLS ON TVCurrently, 21 Lady Vol regular season games are slated for television this season. Upcoming TV games include: Oklahoma (ESPN2) and Georgia (Fox Sports South). Last season, UT had a school record 36 national television appearances. UT is 10-4 in TV games this year.
COUNTDOWN TO 1,000The much anticipated countdown to Coach Pat Summitt's 1,000th career victory continues tonight with a game against Oklahoma. Summitt (with 999 wins) now needs just one victory to hit the magic mark. Summitt started the year needing 17 victories to reach 1,000. Last season, UT grabbed win number 17 on Jan. 24 vs. Arkansas (98-55) and in 2006-07, win number 17 occurred on Jan. 18 with a victory over Miss. State. Traditionally, Tennessee has reached 17 wins in 20.5 games each season (on average).
1,000 win milestone opportunities
Pat Summitt stands with dear friend and active coach Don Meyer (906-304, .748; Northern State, NCAA Div. II, record as of Jan. 31),retired Bob Knight (902-317, .706) of Texas Tech, and Jody Conradt (900-307, .746) of Texas, on the 900-victory plateau among all NCAA coaches*. In reaching such an elite level, she passed a handful of legendary coaches - Dean Smith (879-254, .776), Adolph Rupp (876-190, .822), Herb Magee (871-342, .716; still active at Philadelphia Univ., NCAA Div. II, record as of Jan. 31), Jim Phelan (830-524, .613), Clarence Gaines (828-447, .649) and Jerry Johnson (821-447, .647). *As of Jan. 31, 2009 (Gene Bess of NJCAA's Three Rivers Community College, Poplar Bluff, Mo., is still active with a 1075-282 record; Harry Statham of NAIA's McKendree College, Lebanon, Ill., is still active with a 984-379 record).
999 WINS -- SUMMITT'S MILESTONE VICTORIES
SUMMING IT UP... THE ROAD TO 1,000 WINS
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.
EIGHT WAS GREATOver the years, eight Lady Vols teams have gone undefeated in SEC play: 1993, `94, `95, `98, 2001, `03, `04 and `07.
UT WINNING STREAKS VS. SEC TEAMSSchool Streak and last loss
Alabama 33 in a row, since 3-3-1984
Arkansas 15 in row, since 12-29-1996
Auburn no streak, 1-25-09
Florida 3 in a row, since 2-26-2006
Georgia 7 in a row, since 3-6-2004
Kentucky 4 in a row, since 1-26-2006
LSU 2 in a row, 2-13-2008
Mississippi 17 in a row, since 2-4-1996
Mississippi State 29 in a row, never lost to MSU
South Carolina 36 in a row, since 1-23-1980
Vanderbilt no streak, 1-11-09
AUBURN GRABS BIG WIN OVER UTAuburn, playing in front of the largest crowd in history (12,067), put an end to Tennessee's dominance with a 82-68 win on Jan. 25. The Tigers had lost 24 of the last 25 and 16 in a row to the Lady Vols.
VANDY STOPPED THE BLEEDING, TOOThe Vanderbilt Commodores halted the Lady Vols 16-game winning streak against them dating back to the 2002 season with a 74-58 dusting of Tennessee in Nashville on Jan. 11, 2009, in the fi rst SEC road game of the year. It also marked VU coach Melanie Balcomb's fi rst victory over Tennessee since becoming the Commodore coach.
RARE SEC ROAD LOSS FOR SUMMITTLady Vol coach Pat Summitt's teams rarely lose on the road in the SEC. The loss to Vanderbilt on Jan. 11, 2009 was the 30th SEC road loss suffered by a Summitt- coached Lady Vol team and halted a 17-game SEC road winning streak. Two weeks later, UT also lost, this time at #6/5 Auburn.
AMAZING AT HOME VS. THE SECSince Tennessee began contesting games with SEC opponents, the Lady Vols have produced a 167- 12 record in home games. 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, Ole Miss and LSU have registered two wins each and Florida one win. Georgia was the only team to defeat UT at home in the 1990s (1991 & 1996). LSU and Florida are the only SEC teams to defeat UT at home in the 21st century.
SEC ROOKIE OF THE WEEKTennessee freshman Shekinna Stricklen (Morrilton, Ark.) was named Southeastern Conference (SEC) Freshman of the Week (Dec. 29-Jan. 3) for the second time this season, after helping the Lady Vols to a pair of wins over Gonzaga, 77-58, and the come-from-behind win at Rutgers, 55-51. The explosive rookie scored 12 points and grabbed six boards, while dishing out a career- high fi ve assists and making four steals in the win over the Bulldogs on Dec. 30. On Jan. 3 against Rutgers, Stricklen notched her fi rst career double-double with team-highs of 16 points and 11 rebounds and was named the CBS Chevrolet Player of the Game. She was 4-of-8 for 13 points and grabbed six rebounds in leading the Lady Vols to a 20-point comeback win, the largest in school history.
STRICK -- SEC ROOKIE OF THE WEEKTennessee freshman Shekinna Stricklen (Morrilton, Ark.) was named Southeastern Conference (SEC) Freshman of the Week (Dec. 15-22) for the fi rst time this season, after leading the Lady Vols to a 79- 69 upset overtime win over #3/4-ranked Stanford on Dec. 21. After missing the game at Old Dominion on Dec. 18 due to illness, the rookie came back strong to lead the Lady Vols over the Cardinal. She scored a career high 25 points including the fi rst eight of the Lady Vols 11 points in overtime. For good measure, she grabbed seven rebounds, snagged three steals and registered a career high four assists. Stricklen joins teammate Glory Johnson who has been named SEC Freshman of the Week twice this season.
GLORY BE -- SEC ROOKIE OF THE WEEKLady Vol rookie Glory Johnson has picked up SEC Rookie of the Week honors twice this season. She received the award for the week of Nov. 23-30 after leading the Lady Vols to wins over Western Carolina (83-56) and DePaul (88-67). In each game, she scored a season-high 19 points. Johnson was also named SEC Freshman of the Week for the opening week of the new campaign after leading UT to a 68-39 win over San Francisco with 17 points and 12 rebounds.
SEC COACHES SELECT LADY VOLS AS #2Vanderbilt was predicted to win the SEC women's basketball regular season championship. The Commodores were 25-9, 11-3 in the SEC last season. VU tops the order of fi nish with Tennessee, Auburn, Georgia, LSU and Florida rounding out the top half of the league. Kentucky comes in at seven while Mississippi St., Ole Miss, South Carolina, Arkansas and Alabama round out the bottom half of the conference. Auburn senior guard DeWanna Bonner was named SEC Preseason Player of the Year while three Lady Vols were selected to either the fi rst or second teams.. Joining Bonner, on the All- SEC First Team were UF's Marshae Dotson and Sha Brooks, UGA's Ashley Houts, LSU's Allison Hightower, Ole Miss' Shawn Goff, UT's Angie Bjorklund, and VU's Christina Wirth. Second team: AU's Whitney Boddie and Sherell Hobbs, UGA's Angel Robinson, UK's Victoria Dunlap, MSU's Marneshia Richard, USC's Demetress Adams, Tennessee's Vicki Baugh and Shekinna Stricklen, and VU's Jennifer Risper.
UT PICKED NUMBER TWO AT SEC MEDIA DAYSTennessee was picked to fi nish second in the SEC race with 261 points by a vote of conference and national media members. UT sophomore Angie Bjorklund and freshman Shekinna Stricklen were each selected to the All-SEC Second Team. Vanderbilt was picked to fi nish fi rst with 273 points, followed by UT, Auburn, Georgia, and LSU. Auburn's DeWanna Bonner was tabbed as Player of the Year. Joining her on the All-SEC First Team was Vanderbilt's Christina Wirth, Florida's Marshae Dotson, Georgia's Ashley Houts and Ole Miss' Shawn Goff. Bjorklund, the 2007-08 SEC Freshman of the Year and Stricklen, were joined on the second team by Whitney Boddie of Auburn, Sha Brooks of Florida, Angel Robinson of Georgia and Allison Hightower of LSU.
AGAINST THE SECTennessee owns a 403-61 record all-time record vs. 12 teams from the SEC. UT maintains a winning record against every team in the SEC.
SEC LEAGUE PLAYUT owns a league best record of 275-36 (.886) against all SEC teams dating back to the 1982-83 season.
SEC REGULAR SEASON STORYUT's last SEC win at home:
Ole Miss,60-59, 1-29-09
UT's last SEC win away:
Arkansas, 76-67, 1-22-09
UT's last SEC loss at home:
LSU, 78-62, 2-14-08
UT's last SEC loss away:
Auburn, 68-82, 1-25-09
15 SEASONS OF AT LEAST 10 SEC WINSIn the win over Alabama on Feb. 21, 2008, Tennessee claimed its 10th SEC victory of the 2007-08 season. The Lady Vols have now registered double-digit victories in conference play an incredible 15 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, 2006-11 wins, 2007- 14 wins and 2008-13 wins.
TWOSIESThe Lady Vols will face Kentucky and Mississippi State twice again this season and Vanderbilt twice as the "natural rival" in SEC play.
THE 4-1-1 ON OKLAHOMAIn the last outing before facing Tennessee, #2-ranked Oklahoma, behind Nyeshia Stevenson and Ashley Paris each scoring 14 points, extended its winning streak to 14 games and remained atop the Big 12 Conference by routing Missouri 78-56 on Jan. 31 in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma avenged its last loss to a Big 12 foe while giving Missouri its fourth straight loss. The Tigers stunned Oklahoma in overtime in the fi rst round of last season's conference tournament. Sooner center Courtney Paris had 10 points and 11 rebounds in 21 minutes of playing time to extend her NCAA-record streak of consecutive double-doubles to 112 games. Oklahoma led all the way, although the Tigers kept it close in the early minutes and were within 10 with 6:25 left in the fi rst half. Oklahoma had a 45-20 halftime lead. Courtney Paris registered her double-double on a bucket with 6:53 left -- which gave Oklahoma its biggest lead at 71-38. Ashley Paris narrowly missed her own double- double, fi nishing with nine rebounds.
OUR 2007-08 MEETINGThe battle of the "CP3s" (Courtney Paris and Candace Parker) was fi nally played out with Tennessee's CP3 coming out on top on Nov. 15, 2007, at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Fla., as the #1-ranked Lady Vols defeated #8/9-ranked Oklahoma, 70-67. Against the Sooners, Tennessee coach Pat Summitt turned to her experienced players and it paid off. Junior Candace Parker had 28 points and senior Shannon Bobbitt scored 22 of her career-high 27 points in the second half as Tennessee improved to 2-0 on the season. Bobbitt secured the win with two free throws to put Tennessee up 70-67 with 1.6 seconds to play, after the Lady Vols incredible defensive stop forced a jump ball on Oklahoma's previous possession. Bobbitt hit nine-of-15 shots, including six-of-nine from three-point range, which tied for the second most in a single game in UT history. The Lady Vols trailed most of the game, but rallied to take an eight point lead with just over fi ve minutes remaining. That lead dwindled until Oklahoma went ahead 67-66 on Courtney Paris' basket with a half-minute left. Tennessee took the lead for good on two free throws by Alexis Hornbuckle with 26.7 seconds to go. Hornbuckle fi nished with six rebounds and went three-of-four from the line on the night. Tennessee scored fi ve of the last seven points in the fi rst half to take a 32-29 lead at halftime. Bobbitt hit a three and Parker drew a shooting foul with one second remaining for the three-point cushion at the break. Parker fi nished the fi rst half with 18 points. She hit 7-of-10 shots, but struggled from the line, going four-of-eight. On the night, she hit eight-of-14 from the charity stripe to go along with 15 rebounds, four assists and four blocks. Parker and Bobbitt both played the entire 40 minutes. The Sooners held a 44-33 rebounding advantage, but coughed up 22 turnovers and went just 13-of-25 from the line in their second straight loss. Paris missed a free throw attempt which was accidentally knocked in by competing Tennessee rebounders (Parker and Vicki Baugh).
LAST MEETING WITH THE SOONERS IN OK
ENJOYED THE FORD CENTER RECEPTION
In the 2007-08 NCAA Championship season, the Lady Vols were placed in the Oklahoma Regional. In two games at the Ford Center last Mar. 30 and April 1, #3-ranked Tennessee defeated #15-ranked Notre Dame, 74-64, and then dealt #8-ranked Texas A&M a 53-45 defeat to advance to the NCAA Final Four in Tampa, Fla. One week later, the Lady Vols brought home NCAA title number eight.
UNDEFEATED IN THE SOONER STATETennessee has fashioned a 5-0 record in games played in The Sooner State. The Lady Vols played OU in Norman on Dec. 21, 2003 and grabbed a 71-55 win. Three months later, Tennessee found itself back in Norman at the 2004 NCAA Midwest Regionals where the Lady Vols claimed a 71-69 win over #15-ranked Baylor and advanced to the 2004 Final Four in New Orleans with a 62-60 win over #10-ranked Stanford. Last season, UT picked up wins four and fi ve in OKC in the regionals.
IRONY OF THE MOMENTPat Summitt is going for a historic 1,000 wins against Oklahoma, a program that might not exist if she hadn't been one of the folks to turn the national spotlight on Norman in 1990. OU had decided to drop women's hoops while the Final Four was in Knoxville, Tenn., without Tennessee playing in it. The WBCA board of directors, led by President Rene Portland and Pres.-Elect Kay Yow, came up with the idea to pass out red ribbons to all of the fans in the packed stands at Thompson-Boling Arena in support of women's hoops at OU. Since Summitt wasn't coaching, she became a hot interview talking about keeping Oklahoma's program. Longtime Sooner media relations staffer Debbie Copp sent Summitt a note when she became the all-time winningest coach, "with all her victories at Tennessee, the most important one may have been for a school she never coached -- the University of Oklahoma."
THE UT-OKLAHOMA SERIESUT leads 3-0
THE SERIESThis marks the third meeting between the two schools dating back to the 2002 season. There have been two "almost" meetings. At the 2002 NCAA Final Four in San Antonio, Texas, Tennessee was joined at the Final Four by Connecticut, Duke and a fi rst-time trip for Oklahoma. The Lady Vols were embarrassed by UConn in one semifi nal, 79-56, while upstart Oklahoma defeated Duke, 86-71, in the other semifi nal. It was too much of the Husky women in the title game, as Connecticut defeated Oklahoma, 82- 70. In 2007, UT and Oklahoma appeared to be on a collision course in the 2007 Dayton Regional. Tennessee defeated Marist, 65-46, and fellow SEC school Ole Miss then ended #11 Oklahoma's season, 90-82. UT knocked of the Lady Rebs, 98-62, to advance to the 2007 NCAA Final Four where the team picked up title number 7.
PERHAPS ANOTHER SELLOUT???On Dec. 21, 2003, the #2-ranked Tennessee Lady Vols took a 71-55 decision over #13/15 Oklahoma in a sold-out Lloyd Noble Arena (12,080) in Norman, Okla. Tonight could see the same situation as UT coach Pat Summitt goes for her record 1,000th win. This season, the Lady Vols have played in advance sold out situations at Gonzaga, Rutgers and Auburn. Mississippi State registered the fi fth largest crowd in history.
UT VS. BIG 12Tennessee currently holds a 43-13 record all-time against 11 teams from the Big 12, including a perfect 7-0 mark in NCAA Tournament play. Twelve of those losses, however, have come at the hands of Texas, with the only other defeat credited to Colorado in 1981.
UT-OKLAHOMA FACING THE RANKEDTennessee faced their sixth ranked opponent of the 2008-09 season in the loss to #6/5-ranked Auburn on Jan. 25. UT is 2-4 in games versus ranked teams out of 20 total contests. Meanwhile Oklahoma will be taking on their ninth ranked opponent in 21 games when they face #13/15 Tennessee. OU is 6-2 vs. ranked teams having lost to #4/3 North Carolina and top-ranked Connecticut.
TENNESSEE'S FIRST OKIEWhen 6-3 forward Alyssia Brewer (Sapulpa, OK/Sapulpa H.S.) signed with the Lady Vols last year, it marked Tennessee's fi rst player from the state of Oklahoma.
THE LINE-UP CAROUSELLady Vol coach Pat Summitt started her eighth different line-up of the season in the loss to Auburn. The only "common denominator" player to appear in all 20 games has been freshman forward Glory Johnson. In the last two NCAA title years, UT utilized fi ve different line-ups in 2008 and four line-ups in 2007. Summitt changed the starters seven times in 2006 and a whopping 10 times in 2005. In that 2004-05 fruit-basket turnover line-up, there was no common denominator player for the fi rst time in fi ve years.
UT'S OFFENSIVE OPPORTUNITIESIn all games, this is how Tennessee has shot from the fi eld: 60% FG: none; 50%FG: MTSU (.517), Gonzaga (.500); 40%FG: WCU (.475), Auburn (.473), Arkansas (.448), South Carolina (.429), LaTech (.429), DePaul (.427), Virginia (.413), Stanford (.403), San Francisco (.400), Rutgers (.400); 30%FG: Vandy1 (.393),ODU (.386), KY1 (.361), GWU (.353), Ole Miss (.351), UT-Chattanooga (.344), Miss St. (.339), Texas (.333); 20%FG: none.
DEEE ----- FENSEIn all games, this is how the opposition has shot from the fi eld: 50%FG: Virginia (.500), 40%FG: Auburn (.482), Vandy1 (.462), KY1 (.455), MTSU (.412), Arkansas (.404), GWU (.404), Rutgers (.404); 30%FG: ODU (.385), South Carolina (.379), Ole Miss (.375), DePaul (.373), Gonzaga (.371),Texas (.369), UT-Chattanooga (.365), Miss. St. (.362), Stanford (.362),LaTech (.313), 20%FG: WCU (.298); 10%FG: San Francisco (.186)
2008-09 WON-LOSS DIFFERENTIALWins: +35 (1), +29 (2), +27 (1), +21 (1), +19 (1), +12 (2), + 10 (1), +9 (1), +7 (1), +5 (2), +4 (1) +3 (1), +1 (1) Losses: -16 (1), -14 (2), -1 (1)
ANGIE B TO THE RESCUESophomore Angie Bjorklund went scoreless in the fi rst half for the second game in a row. In the second stanza, she was 2-7 from three point land before launching a perfect game winning, nothing but net, trey with 6.8 ticks left against Ole Miss to give UT the 60-59 win.
HOT POTATO HOOPS TIMES TWOIn dropping the fourth game of the year and the second in the SEC, the young Lady Vols really looked the part of "young" on Jan. 25 in front of 12,067 recordsetting fans at #6/5-ranked Auburn. Four Tennessee players had four turnovers each and a total of 23 for the team, leading to 29 points for the Tigers. In the next game versus Ole Miss, UT tallied 24 give-aways. Senior Alex Fuller had an uncharacteristic 7 miscues but balanced it with her fi rst career double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds. UM managed 17 points off of TO's.
STRICKLY SPEAKINGA bright spot in the loss at Auburn was a career afternoon from rookie Shekinna Stricklen who tossed in 26 points. Fellow rookie Glory Johnson recorded her fourth career double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
CAIN BACK VERSUS AUBURN & OLE MISSRedshirt rookie Kelley Cain, a 6-6 post was back in the line-up at Auburn after sitting out the South Carolina and Arkansas games to rest her knees. Cain came down hard in the game at Mississippi State and irritate her surgically repaired knee. Against Auburn, she gutted out 16 minutes and had six points, fi ve rebounds and three blocked shots. She battled the bigs from Ole Miss and tallied eight points and four boards in 13 minutes.
BAUGH -- GAME TIME DECISIONIt will be a game time decision if Vicky Baugh plays tonight versus Oklahoma. The Lady Vol sophomore starting center is hoping she doesn't have any pain on lateral cuts. She was injured in the Lady Vols practice at Rutgers Prep on Jan. 1, 2009. Baugh went down and grabbed her left knee -- the same knee she injured (torn ACL) in the 2008 NCAA title game against Stanford last April. Baugh was taken to the hospital for x-rays which were negative. She returned to the practice fl oor on Friday, Jan. 16.
BAUGH'S NUMBERS MISLEADINGOn Tennessee's cumulative stat sheet, it says that sophomore post Vicki Baugh has played in 13 games, started 10 and is averaging 6.2 ppg and 7.5 rpg. Well sort of... Baugh missed the fi rst two games of the year as her surgically repaired knee continued a course of rehab. She then started the next 10 games before suffering an injury on New Year's Day prior to the game at Rutgers. She missed four games and returned to the court against South Carolina. She logged 2:52 and scored a bucket before the knee started to bother her. She attempted to play at Arkansas but managed just 1:24 on the court before her knee took a shot under the basket. After a good practice before Auburn, Baugh appeared ready for some solid minutes. This time the knee lasted just 20 seconds. Prior to the Rutgers game, Baugh was averaging 7.8 ppg and 9.7 rpg and had just come off of a 12 point, 15 rebound performance at Gonzaga for her third double-double of the season. The current stat sheet shows her averaging 6.2 ppg and 7.5 rpg.
NO WHAMMIESThe Lady Vols have lost back-to-back games just 24 times in Coach Pat Summitt's 35-year career. The last time it happened, UT lost at #2 Duke, 75-53, and at Kentucky, 66-63, on Jan. 23 & 26, 2006. Before that, you have to go all the way back to the 1996-97 season for back-to-back losses.
LADY VOLS MOURN THE LOSS OF KAY YOWThe Lady Vols will not practice on Friday and just have a lifting session scheduled as the Tennessee coaching staff will be in Cary, N.C. attending the funeral of N.C. State coach Kay Yow who succumbed to cancer on Jan. 24.
Comments by Coach Pat Summitt regarding
the passing of Kay Yow --
ROOKIES SHOWED A LITTLE GRITAfter falling behind to Arkansas by six points, 44-38, with 16:02 to go on Thurs., Jan. 22, a couple of Lady Vol rookies showed some fi re and a little grit in a three minute spurt to reclaim the lead. Glory Johnson started things off with a traditional three point play... Lyssi Brewer made a defensive stop with a blocked shot and then made a layup off a beautiful feed from Johnson... Johnson then fed Shekinna Stricklen for a lay-up to tie the game at 45-all... A steal by Johnson led to another lay-up opportunity for Alicia Manning to put the Lady Vols up by two, 47-45.
Alex Fuller -- EVER THE LEADERTennessee Lady Vol basketball graduate forward Alex Fuller has decided to exchange her number 44 jersey for that of teammate Cait McMahan starting with the game versus South Carolina. Prior to the Vanderbilt game on Jan. 11, McMahan, a redshirt sophomore point guard, decided to step into the role of a student assistant after chronic knee soreness fi nally sidelined her. Fuller will now wear McMahan's number 2 jersey for the remainder of the season. "Cait is such a competitor and a leader for our team," said Fuller. "We are both Tennessee girls and grew up wanting to wear the orange jersey. I am doing this as a tribute to Cait. I know how much she wants to be on the fl oor helping to lead this team. There is a lot of heart in the number 2 jersey." A few years back, Fuller was forced to the sidelines during her rookie season to give her surgically repaired knees a chance to rehab. She remembers when Shanna Zolman had a surprise for teammate Sidney Spencer on Feb. 24, 2005 after Spencer tore her ACL. Zolman wore Spencer's #1 jersey for the rest of the season.
FOUR PACK OPPORTUNITIESTennessee fans have an opportunity to purchase a special basketball four-pack ticket package. The Texas Roadhouse Basketball Four Pack, available for a select number of match-ups, includes four reserved tickets to a Lady Vol basketball game plus four Texas Roadhouse entrees. The cost of the package is $60. Additional game tickets are available for $15 each. This opportunity is available for a limited time to the following games: Georgia (Feb. 5), Duke (Feb. 16), Mississippi State (Feb. 22) and Vanderbilt (March 1).
NO SUCH THING AS FRESHMEN WITH OUR SLATEYes, yes... we all know Tennessee has a young team facing a typically tough slate. How tough?? Currently, UT has the number two strength of schedule (SOS) behind Oklahoma. The Lady Vols' RPI is fourth behind UConn, Oklahoma and Maryland.
BLINK AND WE WERE GONE IN JANUARYThe Ole Miss game was just the third home date in the month of January for UT. The Lady Vols opened the SEC slate with a home win over Kentucky (69-64) on Jan. 8 and took a tough 68-56 win over Carolina on Jan. 18. The Lady Vols fi nished the month with a home win over Mississippi on Jan. 29, 60-59.
SEND OUT A SEARCH PARTYUT coach Pat Summitt needs to send out a search party to look for accurate shooters. The 2008-09 Lady Vols are shooting a program worst 40.8 percent from the fi eld eclipsing the 2004-05 team which only connected on 41.6 percent of its shots for the season. UT's 33.9 shooting percentage vs. Mississippi State was the worst of the season in a win.
CRASH CART AT MISS STATETennessee was already without the temporary services of sophomore post Vicki Baugh (injured knee on Jan. 1) and the premature ending to point guard Cait McMahan's career (announced Jan. 10) when the team rolled into Mississippi State on Jan. 15. For the second year in a row at State, three UT players were injured. Last year, it was a broken nose for Angie Bjorklund, a hyper-extended knee for Candace Parker and a biceps strain for Alberta Auguste. This year, Kelley Cain came down hard on her surgically repaired right knee in the fi rst half and did not return... Alex Fuller's eye was scratched and Shekinna Stricklen received a rib contusion.
STRICK FOUND A WAYRookie Shekinna Stricklen was having a challenging night from the fi eld (1-10) against Mississippi State on Jan. 15 when she connected on a three-pointer with 1:45 to go to put the Lady Vols ahead for good, 59-56. Strick also cashed in on 10-10 free throws to fi nish with a team high 15 points on the night.
CHARITY BEGINS AT HOMEIn seven SEC games, freshman Shekinna Stricklen has hit 26 of 28 of her free throws.
GRABBED 400TH SEC WINThe University of Tennessee Lady Vols' win over Mississippi State on Jan. 15 was the program's 400th all-time victory over an SEC foe. UT is now 403-61 vs. SEC schools. Lady Vol coach Pat Summitt has been on board for 400 wins and 60 losses. A 2-1 record versus South Carolina and a 1-0 mark against Georgia predates Summitt's coaching tenure with the Lady Vols.
AMAZING SUMMITT NUMBERS
REVIEWING THE GOOD...The Lady Vols have been hitting the boards... Tennessee is grabbing 44.0 rpg and outrebounding the opposition by +6.8 (37.2)...At Texas, the Longhorns schooled the Lady Vols on the boards, 52-41... Leading the charge on the boards is sophomore Vicki Baugh who is grabbing 7.5 rpg -- dipping below the +10 rpg she had been pulling down when she was healthy... Should Baugh be able to return to a a doubledigit rebounding slate, she'd be the fi rst Lady Vol since Patricia "Trish" Roberts to record extra digit rebounds in a season... Roberts averaged 14.2 rpg (1976-77)... Quick hands and feet for Shekinna Stricklen and Glory Johnson have resulted in the rookies leading the team in thefts this season as "Kinna" has 41 steals and Johnson 25...Stricklen has the individual team lead with fi ve steals against GWU... Speaking of team leaders, Briana Bass dished out eight helpers in the game versus Louisiana Tech... she was one assist off the Lady Vol rookie record of nine set by Jody Adams twice during her freshman campaign in 1989-90.
THEN THERE'S THE BAD AND/OR UGLY...Perhaps one of the reasons UT has been so tough on the boards is that there are a lot of misses on the offensive end this year resulting in a 41.1 percent fi eld goal shooting accuracy... The team took a big step in the right direction notching their second 50% game of the season reaching 50 percent (exactly) against Gonzaga. Previously, UT connected on 51.7 percent from the fi eld vs. MTSU and fell off the apple cart one game later posting the worst FG percentage of the season registering 33% at Texas... With the exception of Angie Bjorklund, the Lady Vol three-point bombardiers have only reached 33.9 percent of their tries... As young players learn the UT system, they need to embrace the "Love thy neighbor" credo... The Lady Vols have only registered 243 assists on 489 made fi eld goals... Free throws improved to 68.6 percent after a shaky start but dipped to 45.8% in the Texas game -- missing charity tosses could cost a bigger win down the line... In the second effort department, the Lady Vols are looking to improve on 16.8 ppg second chance points.
MANNING BECAME THE 56THRookie Alicia Manning, a 6'1" freshman from Etowah, Ga., became the 56th all-time Lady Vol to earn a starting assignment as a Tennessee rookie when she started at point guard versus Vanderbilt on Jan. 11, 2009.
WENT OVER 100,000 AT HOMEThe Lady Vols have eclipsed 100,000 fans at home games for the last 15 consecutive years. A total of 120,758 folks have attended nine games at home this season for an average of 13,418. A season high 16,413 showed up at the South Carolina game on Jan. 18.
LOSING CAITY-MACThe Lady Vol roster dipped to 11 players when redshirt sophomore basketball player Cait McMahan decided to change her role with the team. The 5'4" guard had been experiencing continued pain, swelling and dysfunction in her right knee following a number of surgeries and procedures, the most recent on Sept. 3, 2008. After consulting with her orthopaedic physicians, Dr. Greg Mathien and Dr. Russ Betcher, Lady Vol Head Coach Pat Summitt, and Jenny Moshak, University of Tennessee Associate Athletics Director for Sports Medicine, McMahan arrived at the joint decision (on Jan. 10, 2009) that it was time for her to step away from a playing role and move into that of a student assistant coach on the Lady Vol sideline for the remainder of the season. As a Lady Vol rookie in the 2006-07 NCAA Championship season, she played in 35 games and earned one starting assignment. She averaged 2.4 ppg, 1.2 rpg, 1.4 apg while logging almost 14 minutes per contest. This season, McMahan earned a spot in the starting line-up at point guard before her knee became chronically sore. She played in nine games and started six while averaging 4.4 ppg, 1.3 rpg and 1.5 apg in 14.4 minutes of play. "I know how disappointed Cait is," said Summitt. "The last thing she wanted to do was step away from her position on the fl oor because she is such a great competitor. I welcome Cait's addition in her new role as a student assistant coach bringing that same leadership and determination to the bench."
YOUNGSTERS NOT TOUGH ON "D"Tennessee's young team evolves each game but took a step backwards defensively against both Vanderbilt and Kentucky. The Commodores tossed in 46.2% of its fi eld goal tries -- the second-best by an opponent vs. UT this season. One game earlier vs. Kentucky, the defense was spotty there as well with the Cats tossing in 45% from the fi eld. Virginia is the only team to hit 50% vs. UT this season. To their credit, the Lady Vols have held nine of 15 opponents below 40% from the fi eld.
ROOKIES CARRYING THE LOADUT's seven rookies are handling 68% (50.9 points per game) of the team's total of 72.3 ppg scoring load and 60.4% (27.7 rebounds per game) of the total of 44.2 rpg.
LEADING AT THE BREAKThe Lady Vols have led at halftime in 15 of 20 games this season. Tennessee and Texas (31-all) and Arkansas (32-all) were knotted at halftime... the Lady Vols trailed 33-13 after 20 minutes at Rutgers... Vandy jumped out to a 31-23 halftime lead and Auburn had a 31-26 lead. On average, UT holds a 34.4 to 30.1 halftime lead. The Lady Vols have outscored the opposition 37.3 to 32.9 in the second stanza.
2008-09 RANKED TIDBITSThe Lady Vols dropped a game to a ranked team on Jan. 25, 2009, falling to #6/5-ranked Auburn, 82-68. Two weeks earlier, #24-ranked Vanderbilt sent UT home, 74-58. UT claimed its second win over a ranked team this season with a 55-51 road win at #15/14 Rutgers. Number 3/4-ranked Stanford is the highest ranked opponent the Lady Vols have faced this season (a 79-69 OT win)... The Lady Vols lost at #6/5-ranked Texas, 73-59... Virginia was Tennessee's fi rst ranked opponent of the 2008-09 season... The Cavs were ranked #16/15 when they defeated the #5/6 Lady Vols, 83-82... Tennessee's 2008-09 slate originally included 11 contests against currently ranked opposition... Last season, Tennessee faced a total of 20 ranked opponents in 38 games and produced a 18-2 record...
LADY VOL STREAKSThe Lady Vols last lost at home was against Virginia, 83-82, on Nov. 17, 2008, since then UT has won eight home games. The last time UT lost on the road was on Jan. 25, 2009 at Auburn, since then, UT has not played a road game. The last time the Lady Vols lost on a neutral court was against LSU, 63-54, in the SEC semis game on Mar. 3, 2007. Since that time, UT is 16-0 on a neutral court.
LAST LOSS TO AN UNRANKED TEAM?It was in the 2005-06 season. 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 fi ve years previous (to the day) losing to Auburn on Mar. 2, 1997 at the SEC Tournament.
THE COMEBACK KIDSIn all of UT coach Pat Summitt's career collegiate games, none of her Lady Vol teams had mounted the kind of comeback they fashioned against Rutgers on Jan. 3, 2009. Tennessee trailed 33-13 at the half. The 13 points were the fewest ever the Lady Vols have scored in the fi rst half. The defi cit also marked the fi rst time in the 2008-09 season, UT has trailed at the half. Additionally, the 20-point halftime defi cit was the largest in school history. The previous fi rst-half low was 14 at Virginia on March 25, 1996. The previous largest halftime defi cit was 19. Once on Feb. 4, 1996, at Ole Miss and on March 28, 1986, against Southern California in the Final Four in Lexington, Ky. Rutgers led by as many as 23-points before UT rallied for the win. Previously, the Lady Vols had to come back from a 22-point defi cit to defeat Illinois in the 1997-98 season.
COAST-TO-COASTOver the Christmas holidays, the Lady Vols gave new meaning to coast-to-coast. UT traveled to Spokane, Washington on Dec. 27 for Angie Bjorklund's homecoming game and made Gonzaga their temporary homeaway- from-home. The hospitality of Angie Bjorklund's mom and dad, Kris and Jim, made the junket even more enjoyable in the 56 inches of snow that blanketed the city. After defeating the Zags, 77-58, on Dec. 30, the Tennessee traveling party headed to the East Coast on New Year's Eve. Following the Jan. 3 come-from-behind game against Rutgers, 55-51, the Lady Vols fi nally returned to Knoxville.
HOME COURT STREAKS BROKEN BY UTThroughout the years, UT has been responsible for breaking a number of lengthy home court winning streaks, 21 to be exact. This season, UT has taken down three streaks -- the Lady Vols broke Rutgers' 20-game home winning streak at the RAC. Also this season, UT snapped ODU's nation-leading 29 game home court winning steak at the "Ted" on Dec. 18. Earlier in the month, the Lady Vols snapped GWU's 17-game streak at the Smith Center on Dec. 2. Last season, UT snapped Duke's 24-game winning streak which was the longest in the nation at the time. The Lady Vols know something about home court winning streaks - Tennessee shares the NCAA record at 69 consecutive wins at home.
COMING OF AGE WINTennessee's overtime upset victory against #3/4-ranked Stanford, 79-69, was a great way to go into the Christmas break. The Lady Vols had a great OT defensive effort in the win over the Cardinal holding SU to just one point in the extra stanza. The team, minus West Coasters Angie Bjorklund and Vicki Baugh, reassembled in Knoxville on Dec. 26 for practice prior to traveling to Spokane. The fi rst full team practice back after the break was on Dec. 27 following a full day of flying.