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Tennessee Faces Top-Seeded Auburn in SEC Semis
Briana Bass

Briana Bass

March 7, 2009




#5 Tennessee vs. #1 Auburn
March 7, 2009 - 6:30 p.m. ET
Alltel Arena (15,936) - North Little Rock, Arkansas
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RANKINGSUTAUB
Associated Press196
ESPN/USA Today245

RECORDSUTAUB
2008-0922-9/9-5 SEC, 1-028-2/12-2 SEC

UT Semifinals
Overall: UT leads 18-7
Home: UT tied 1-1
Away: UT leads 1-0
Neutral: UT leads 16-6
2nd Round Winning Streak: 1 game
Overtime: Tennessee is 0-1
Last time in SEC 2nd Round #3 Tennessee 92, Florida 61 on Mar. 7, 2008 in Nashville

THE COACHES
UT's Pat Summitt is 1,005-191 (35 yrs)
AUB's Nell Fortner is 116-66 (6 yrs)

RECENT RESULTS
3-6-09 UT def. Florida, 71-67
3-6-09 Auburn def. Ole Miss, 71-65

NEXT GAME
Mar. 5-9 at the Southeastern Conference Tournament, North Little Rock, Ark., Alltel Arena

FEATURES
Game Notes:

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SEC Tourney Info | Bracket (PDF)

Coach Summitt's Weekly Teleconference - 3/4

Photos: Lady Vol Basketball visits East Tennessee Children's Hospital

Lady Vols Honor Summitt's 1000th Win - 2/5

Video: Basketball Banner Raising

SEC: Standings | Stats | Schedule | Tournament
NCAA: Statistics | NCAAsports.com

PROBABLE STARTERS
TENNESSEE LADY VOLUNTEERS
No.NameYr.Ht.Pos.PPGRPGAPG
5Angie BjorklundSo.6-0G11.53.0
2(44)Alex FullerGr.6-3F8.06.2
20Sydney SmallboneSo.5-10G10.67.1
52Kelley CainFr.6-6C8.35.2
40Shekinna StricklenFr.6-2G-F13.26.0
AUBURN TIGERS
No.NamePos.Ht.Yr.PPGRPGAPG
1Trevesha JacksonF6-0Sr.6.95.0
24DeWanna BonnerG6-4Sr.21.38.7
5Alli SmalleyG5-8So.11.92.7
12Sherell HobbsG5-11Sr.12.35.6
44Whitney BoddieG5-9Sr.11.04.5
GAME NOTES

Briana Bass

THE GAME

The #19/24-ranked and fi fth-seeded Tennessee Lady Vols (22-9, 9-5 SEC) advance in the 2009 SEC Tournament in North Little Rock, Ark., and will take on the top-seed and #6/5-ranked Auburn Tigers (28-2, 12-2 SEC) on Sat., Mar. 7 at 5:30 p.m. CT at the Alltel Arena. This marks the fi rst time Tennessee and Auburn have faced each other in the SEC Tournament since the last time the event was in North Little Rock in 2006. UT and Auburn squared off during the regular season and the Tigers came away with an 82-68 victory on Jan. 25 in Auburn.

LADY VOLS AT A GLANCE

This is the Lady Vols' 35th season under Head Coach Pat Summitt...She has compiled a staggering 1,005-191 overall record... Registered her record-breaking 1,000th win over Georgia, 73-43, on Feb. 3, 2008 in Knoxville... 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 year, UT returned fi ve letterwinners, a redshirt freshman and welcomed a talented six-pack rookie class...The Lady Vols sport the youngest team and starting line-up in Summitt's 35 seasons at the helm...

OUR SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

It's time to "Survive and Advance." The Lady Vols are enjoying an extended stay in North Little Rock, Ark., at the 2009 SEC Tournament, advancing to the semifi nals.

ON THIS DAY IN LADY VOL BASKETBALL HISTORY

UT is 5-0 all-time on Mar. 7, with a 0-0 mark in Knoxville, a 1-0 record on the road and a 4-0 slate on neutral courts. The last time the Lady Vols were in action on Mar. 7, #3-ranked UT defeated Auburn, 66-51, in the second round of the 2003 SEC Tournament in North Little Rock, Ark.

LOOKING BACK

Last year at this time, the #3/3-ranked Lady Vols were 28-2 (13-1 SEC) on the campaign after defeating Florida, 92-61, in the Second Round of the SEC Tournament in Nashville, Tenn.

LADY VOLS ON TV

Twenty-four Lady Vol games have been televised this season (22 during the regular season) -- with UT managing a 15-9 record. Upcoming TV games include all games in the SEC and NCAA Tournaments. Last season, UT had a school record 36 national television appearances.

20 WIN SEASONS

With a victory over Vanderbilt on Mar. 1, Tennessee reached at least 20 wins in a season under Coach Pat Summitt for the 33rd consecutive time. Despite the 21-9 overall record, this Lady Vol team is still ahead of several other former UT teams who struggled to record 20 wins in a season. The 1984-85 team achieved 20 wins on Mar.3, 1985; the 1980-81 team picked up the 20th win on Mar. 10, 1981; the 1981-82 squad logged its 20th win on Mar. 13, 1982 and the 1983-84 squad picked up win number 20 on Mar. 17, 1984. With the exception of the 1984-85 three ACL injury-plagued team, the other squads advanced to the Final Four.

LAST TIME IN LITTLE ROCK

The Lady Vols are 7-1 all-time at the Alltel Arena in North Little Rock, Ark., in three SEC Tournaments. UT went 2-1 in 2003 losing to LSU in the championship game, 78-62. In 2006, Tennessee was 3-0 en route to SEC Tournament Championship number 12. The Lady Vols tallied a 63-62 win over LSU in the fi nals. In 2009, UT is 2-0 in NLR.

2009 SEC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

(Alltel Arena, N. Little Rock, Arkansas)
FIRST ROUND - Thursday, March 5
Game 1: #9 Ole Miss def. #8 Arkansas, 65-60
Game 2 : #7 Georgia def. #10 Kentucky, 82-64
Game 3: #5 TENNESSEE def. #12 Alabama, 68-49
Game 4: #6 Mississippi St. def. #11 South Carolina, 49-39
SECOND ROUND - Friday, March 6
Game 5 : #1 Auburn def. Ole Miss, 71-65
Game 6: #2 Vanderbilt def. Georgia, 69-61
Game 7: TENNESSEE def. #4 Florida, 71-67
Game 8: #3 LSU def. Mississippi State, 63-58
SEMIFINALS - Saturday, March 7
Game 9: #5 Tennessee vs. #1 Auburn, 5:30 p.m.
Game 10: #2 Vanderbilt vs. #3 LSU, 8 p.m.
FINALS - Sunday, March 8
Game 11 Game 9/10 winners 6:30 p.m. [ESPN2]

THE 4-1-1 ON AUBURN

In the last outing before facing Tennessee, Auburn's DeWanna Bonner broke the school scoring record to lead the Tigers over Mississippi, 71-65, in the quarterfi nals of the SEC tournament. Bonner now has 2,084 points for her career and scored 32 points in the win. Ole Miss (17-14) was a tough foe and rallied to draw within 66-63 in the fi nal minute, but Whitney Boddie sank a baseline shot to give the top-seeds a fi ve-point advantage. UM's Shantell Black hit a driving layup to cut the lead to 68-65, but Bonner was fouled and made two free throws with 19.7 seconds left. Boddie scored 15 points with 10 assists and seven rebounds as Auburn advanced to play Tennessee.

AUBURN-UT QUICK HITTERS

Tonight's game marks the 42nd all-time meeting between Auburn and Tennessee... Although the Tigers won seven of their fi rst 15 contests with UT, the Orange and White has since claimed 24 of the last 26 games between the two squads... Going into the 2009 regular season meeting, UT had won the last 16 consecutive match-ups between the two schools dating back to the 1997 SEC Tournament... Tonight, a pair of USA Olympic coaches will also square-off as well... Auburn is led by former Team USA head coach Nell Fortner, who led the United States to a gold medal in the 2000 Olympics... The USA coach from 1997 to 2000, Fortner led the squad to a 101-14 record... Summitt was the head coach of the fi rst USA Olympic gold medalists in 1984 games in Los Angeles... Current Lady Vol legend and two-time KODAK All-American, Daedra Charles- Furlow has switched benches this season... She was a staffer at Auburn before returning to Tennessee last Spring taking over for Nikki Caldwell...

IN OUR LAST MEETING

The No. 10/12-ranked Tennessee Lady Vols came into the showdown with the No. 6/5-ranked Auburn Tigers on Jan. 25, 2009, as the lower-ranked team for the fi rst time since the Tigers held the nation's top spot and the Lady Vols were No. 2 in the SEC Championship game on March 6, 1989. This time around, as Pat Summitt was chasing win number 999, Auburn dispatched Tennessee, 82-68, as a crowd of 12,067 jammed Beard- Eaves Memorial Coliseum, which set an arena record for the largest crowd to see a basketball game, men's or women's, there. The previous largest crowd of 7,150 saw the 67-59 win over UT on Jan. 6, 1989. Auburn struck fi rst with a Whitney Boddie jumper, but UT responded with a Glory Johnson jumper to tie the game at two apiece. However, the Tigers would run off fi ve straight points to grab a 7-2 lead, and UT would not take its fi rst lead, 23-22, until redshirt-freshman Kelley Cain made a layup with 2:48 left before the break. Auburn responded with a 9-0 run before Briana Bass banked in a running 40-foot 3-pointer to make the halftime score 31- 26. Tennessee got the fi rst bucket of the second half to pull within three, but that would be as close as UT would get in the second half. Auburn went on a 17-5 run to the 14:11 point of the second stanza, opening up a 48-33 lead. The Tigers built a 24-point lead, 73-49, on a De- Wanna Bonner layup with just 4:22 remaining. The Lady Vols responded with a 14-0 run of their own to make the score 77-67 with 43 seconds to play, but Auburn would convert 5-of-6 free throws down the stretch and also got a steal by Bonner to ice the game. UT rookie Shekinna Stricklen scored a career-high 26 points on 9-of-20 shooting, including four three-pointers. She added four rebounds, three assists and two steals in 37 minutes of action. Johnson was the only other Lady Vol to score in double-fi gures against the Tigers. She fi nished with 13 points in 32 minutes. Johnson also recorded her fourth career double-double by pulling down 10 rebounds - seven of which came on the defensive end. However, Bonner's 35 points and nine rebounds were too much for the young Lady Vols to overcome.

A RECORD CROWD

Until UT's loss at Vanderbilt on Jan. 11, it looked as if Tennessee coach Pat Summitt would be going after win number 1,000 at Auburn. However, Summitt was chasing 999 against her longtime friend Nell Fortner. Nevertheless, Auburn enjoyed a record crowd of 12,067 as they thrashed UT, 82-68.

UT-AUBURN FACING THE RANKED

Tennessee faced their 11th ranked opponent of the 2008-09 season in the win over #21/18-ranked Florida on Mar. 6. UT is 4-7 in games versus ranked teams out of 31 total contests. Meanwhile Auburn will be taking on their fi fth ranked opponent in 31 games when they face #19/24 Tennessee. AU is 3-1 vs. ranked teams having defeated #17 Ohio State, 87-80 OT, #18 Florida, 81-65, #10/12 Tennessee, 82-68, and losing to #18/20 Vanderbilt, 73-70.

WE FIND A WAY TO MEET IN THE SEC TOURNEY

In UT's 76 all-time SEC Tournament games, Tennessee and Auburn have battled in over onesixth of the contests or 12 games. The Lady Vols sport an 9-3 record in SEC Tournament action against the team from The Plains. UT is 3-0 in second round games, 2-2 in semifi nal contests, 3-1 in championship games and 1-0 in consolation fi nals. The last time UT met AU in the semis was in 1997 when the Lady Vols also had to play on the fi rst day of the tournament. Tennessee's legs were gone after beating South Carolina, 75-48, battling LSU to an overtime win, 100-99, and then losing to Auburn, 61-59. That was the last loss of the season for UT.

THE UT-AU SERIES

Tennessee leads 32-9

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AUBURN SERIES

Tennessee leads the series with Auburn, 32-9. The two teams began competing during the 1980 season in the SEC Tournament. Going into the 2009 regular season meeting, UT had won the last 16 meetings.

THOSE DARN CATS

Auburn is one of just 10 teams who have recorded a win over the Lady Vols in Thompson- Boling Arena. The Tigers defeated UT on Jan. 9, 1988, 71-68. The nine other teams with wins over UT since the team moved to TBA in 1987 includes: Texas (78-97, 66-69 and 60-70), Louisiana Tech (58-59 and 64-69), Georgia (74-81, 93-94 OT), Connecticut (53-59, 67-74 and 72-86), Stanford (65-82), Duke (59-57, 74-70 and 62-54), LSU (69- 72), Florida (93-95 OT) and Virginia (83-82).

UT-AUBURN SERIES RANKINGS

In the all-time series meetings when the Lady Vols have been ranked higher, UT holds a 28-6 advantage. Auburn has been ranked the higher team in seven of the games and is 3-4 vs. Tennessee.

GENERATED RECORD CROWD

The UT-AU game at the Beard-Eaves Coliseum on Jan. 6, 1989 set the record with 7,150 fans. Twenty years later, the Lady Vols re-set record with a AU men's/women's game high of 12,067 on Jan. 25, 2009.

SEC MEDIA DAY PREDICTION

The Tennessee Lady Vols were predicted to fi nish second Southeastern Conference Basketball Regular Season Championship, according to a preseason vote of the coaches and media attending the Tip-off 2009. The prognosticators missed on every fi nish except for Ole Miss at #10 and Alabama at #12.

SEC ANNOUNCES 2009 HONORS

The Southeastern Conference announced its 2009 women's basketball postseason awards on Mar. 3. Lady Vols Angie Bjorklund (Spokane Valley, Wash.) and Shekinna Stricklen (Morrilton, Ark.) were selected to the Second Team All-SEC as selected by the league coaches. Stricklen also was a unanimous selection to the All-Freshman Team, while rookie forward Glory Johnson (Knoxville, Tenn.) was also selected to the All-Freshman Team. Bjorklund, a sophomore guard and the 2008 SEC Freshman of the Year, is Tennessee's second leading scorer this season with 12.0 ppg in all games and 11.4 in conference outings. She converted 41.1 (30-of-73) percent of her three-point fi eld goals, good for second in the conference. Stricklen, who started all 14 SEC games, was only one of three unanimous selections to the eight person All-Freshman Team after leading the Lady Vols with 13.1 ppg in all games and 12.6 ppg in SEC contests. She was named SEC Freshman of the Week twice. Johnson, who started 12 of the 14 conference games, averaged 8.9 ppg and 6.9 rpg in SEC outings. Her 6.9 boards per game tied the freshman forward for ninth in the conference, and the best average by a freshman. She was named SEC Freshman of the Week twice and posted fi ve double-doubles. Johnson became only the second Lady Vol rookie to score in double fi gures in her fi rst 10 games of the season.

First Team All-SEC
Whitney Boddie, AU, *DeWanna Bonner, AU, *Sha Brooks, UF, *Marshae Dotson, UF, *Allison Hightower, LSU, Bianca Thomas, UM, Alexis Rack, MSU *Christinia Wirth, VU

Second Team All-SEC
Ceira Ricketts, ARK, Ashley Houts, UG, Angel Robinson, UG, Victoria Dunlap, UK, Eleia Roddy, UK, Angie Bjorklund, UT, Shekinna Stricklen, UT, Merideth Marsh, VU, Jennifer Risper, VU

All-Freshman Team
Ericka Russell, UA, Lyndsay Harris, ARK, Ceira Ricketts, ARK, Trumae Lucas, UF, *LaSondra Barrett, LSU, *Lakeisha Sutton, SC, *Shekinna Stricklen, UT, Glory Johnson, UT

All-Defensive Team
DeWanna Bonner, AU, Allison Hightower, LSU, Chanel Mokango, MSU, Armelie Lumanu, MSU, Jennifer Risper, VU

Coach of the Year
Nell Fortner, AU

Player of the Year
DeWanna Bonner, AU

Co-Freshman of the Year
Ceira Ricketts, ARK, LaSondra Barrett, LSU

Defensive Player of the Year
Jennifer Risper, VU

6th Woman of the Year
Charity Ford, ARK

Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Christina Wirth, VU

*Unanimous Selection

LADY VOL SUCCESS IN THE SEC TOURNAMENT

IN OUR HALF OF THE 2009 SEC BRACKET

In Tennessee's half of the 2009 SEC Tournament bracket are #1 seed Auburn, #4 seed Florida, #8 seed Arkansas, #9 seed Ole Miss and #12 seed Alabama. This season, the Lady Vols turned in an 5-2 record versus these teams. Tennessee was 6-3 versus the other half of the bracket.

vs. #1-seed Auburn
1-25-09 in Auburn, #6/5 Auburn def. UT, 82-68
vs. #4-seed Florida
2-8-09 in Gainesville, #11/13 Florida def. UT, 66-57
3-6-09 in NLR, #19/24 UT def. #21/18 Florida, 71-67
vs. #8-seed Arkansas
1-22-09 in Fayetteville, UT def. Arkansas, 76-67
vs. #9-seed Ole Miss
1-29-09 in Knoxville, UT def. Ole Miss, 60-59
vs. #12-seed Alabama
2-12-09 in Knoxville, UT def. Alabama, 80-61
3-5-09 in NLR, UT def. Alabama, 68-49

30 SEC APPEARANCES

The Tennessee Lady Vols' 2009 appearance in the SEC Tournament is the school's 30th time to the mini-Final Four. This season marks just the second time without a fi rst round bye. Previously, the only year that Tennessee had to play on opening day was in 1997 when the Lady Vols were suffering through a rare 10-loss season. UT took its fi nal defeat of the year at the Round House in Chattanooga (a 61-59 loss to Auburn) and then ran the table in the NCAA's to fi nish the year 29-10 and the improbable 1997 NCAA Champions.

UT's SEC TOURNAMENT W-L

Since the tourney began in 1980, the Lady Vols sport the best overall record in the conference tournament. UT has produced a 60-16 (.784) record which breaks down this way: Alabama (9-2), Auburn (9-3), Florida (7-0), Georgia (8-3), Kentucky (3-1), LSU (7-4), Ole Miss (4-1), Miss St. (4-0), South Carolina (2-0), and Vanderbilt (7-2). The Lady Vols have never faced Arkansas. (The SEC Offi ce record indicates that UT is 59-16 in SEC play. However, in the old format, there was a consolation game. In 1983, UT defeated Auburn, 83-75, in the consolation fi nals.)

BOWING OUT EARLY

There have been four trips to the SEC Tournament since 1980 when the Lady Vols didn't even get to unpack their bags, losing in second round action after receiving a bye. In 1981, Alabama sent UT packing after a 77-71 loss; in 1984, Alabama again provided the honors with a 85-66 drubbing; in 1986, Ole Miss dealt UT a 83-78 loss, and in 1993, Georgia provided UT with an early exit from Chattanooga, 73-72.

UT AND AUBURN FIND A WAY TO MEET

In UT's 76 all-time SEC Tournament games, Tennessee and Auburn have battled in over onesixth of the contests or 12 games. The Lady Vols sport an 9-3 record in SEC Tournament action against the team from The Plains.

TWO SEC TOURNAMENT MEETINGS WITH USC

Whereas the Lady Vols have played Auburn more times than any other SEC school in the Tournament, Tennessee has faced South Carolina the least number of times (two games, 2-0) outside of never having faced Arkansas at all. Ironically, the fi rst meeting with South Carolina was (previously) the ONLY time UT had to play on the Tournament's fi rst day - in 1997. That year, UT defeated USC, 75-48, beat LSU in overtime, 100-99, and lost to Auburn in the semifi nals. The Lady Vols would not lose again that season winning the 1997 NCAA title with a 29-10 overall record.

OUR SEC OVERTIME GAMES

In 30 years and 76 games in the SEC Tournament, the Tennessee Lady Vols have been involved in just two overtime contests. In 2004 in Nashville, Tennessee and Georgia met in the semifi nals on Mar.6. #20/16-ranked Georgia forced the overtime with the score knotted at 57-all. #1-ranked UT took a quick four-point lead but Georgia responded with a 7-0 run to take the 68-66 win and earned a trip to the title game. In Tennessee's only other SEC overtime, in 1997, Tennessee snuck by LSU with a narrow 100-99 victory in overtime in second round play. In the next game, a weary UT squad lost a heartbreaker to Auburn, 61-59, in semifi nal action. The loss to Auburn was UT's 10th on the season. It would be the last loss for the 1996-97 "Cinderella Season" team as they ran the table in the NCAA Tournament to claim NCAA title number fi ve.

SIXTY IS SLICK

The Tennessee Lady Vols recorded their 60th win all-time in the SEC Tournament with the win over #21/18 Florida, 71-67, on Mar. 6, 2009. In 2005, UT grabbed win number 50 with the victory over #18/17 Vanderbilt, 76-73, on Mar. 5, 2005. Georgia is a distant second in all-time SEC Tournament wins with 39 Vandy stands third with 38 wins all-time. UT now has 60 all-time wins.

17 TIMES IN THE FINALS

The Championship game against LSU in the 2008 SEC Tournament marked the Lady Vols 18th incredible trip to the fi nal round of the nation's toughest conference tournament. UT is 13-5 in all-time SEC Championship game meetings. In the 1990s alone, the Lady Vols were in the title game eight times (1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999) against fi ve different SEC teams. In that decade, UT won titles in fi ve of the years - 1999 vs. Georgia, 85-69, 1998 vs. Alabama, 67-63, 1996 vs. Alabama, 64-60 (without Chamique Holdsclaw due to a knee injury suffered in the opening minutes of play), 1994 vs. Vanderbilt, 82-57 and 1992 vs. Georgia, 73-66. The Lady Vols have won titles in 2008, 2006, 2005, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1996, 1994, 1992, 1989, 1988, 1985, and 1980. The Lady Vols amassed a 16-3 record in SEC games played in Chattanooga and brought home four titles from that venue (1994, 1996, 1999 and 2000).

THE CENTURY MARK

The Lady Vols have reached the century scoring mark four times in the SEC Tournament. In 1998, the Lady Vols derailed Vandy, 106-45. In the previous year, the Lady Vols scored 100 on LSU in overtime. Nine years earlier, in 1988, Tennessee nailed Kentucky for 100 points. And in the very fi rst SEC Tournament game in 1980, Tennessee crushed Florida, 118-44. That Florida team was then coached by former Kentucky head coach and UT associate head coach Mickie DeMoss.

2009 LADY VOL SENIOR

The Tennessee Lady Vol Basketball Senior Class of 2009 -- Alex Fuller -- has accumulated an overall record of 121 wins and just 19 losses. This senior has played in the NCAA Final Four twice ... winning the 2007 and 2008 NCAA Championships! She has also helped to capture an SEC regular season crown (2007) and three SEC Tournament Titles (2005, 2006, 2008).

IT WAS 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.

EIGHT WAS GREAT

Over 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 TEAMS

School Streak and last loss
Alabama 35 in a row, since 3-3-1984
Arkansas 15 in row, since 12-29-1996
Auburn no streak, 1-25-09
Florida 1 in a row, 2-8-09
Georgia 8 in a row, since 3-6-2004
Kentucky no streak, 2-19-09
LSU no streak, 2-26-09
Mississippi 17 in a row, since 2-4-1996
Mississippi State 30 in a row, never lost to MSU
South Carolina 36 in a row, since 1-23-1980
Vanderbilt 1 in a row, since 1-11-09

LADY VOLS FEELING (BIG) BLUE

On "Pink Zone" night in Lexington, Kentucky packed 6,868 fans into Memorial Coliseum and the Wildcats grabbed their fi rst win over the Lady Vols in Memorial since 1986. UT had won 28 of the previous 29 meetings with UK.

AUBURN GRABS BIG WIN OVER UT

Auburn, 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, TOO

The 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 LOSSES FOR SUMMITT

Lady 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 and two weeks after that #11/13 Florida defeated the Lady Vols. Add another two weeks and another SEC road loss for UT, this time a 66-56 decision a the hands of the Kentucky Wildcats and a week later it was a road loss at LSU, 63-61.

AMAZING AT HOME VS. THE SEC

Since Tennessee began contesting games with SEC opponents, the Lady Vols have produced a 170- 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.

KINNA-- SEC ROOKIE OF THE WEEK

Tennessee freshman Shekinna Stricklen (Morrilton, Ark.) was named 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 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 after leading the Lady Vols to a 20-point comeback win, the largest in school history. Additionally, Stricklen was named 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.

GLORY BE -- SEC ROOKIE OF THE WEEK

Lady 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 #2

Vanderbilt 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 DAYS

Tennessee 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 SEC

Tennessee owns a 408-64 record all-time record vs. 12 teams from the SEC. UT maintains a winning record against every team in the SEC.

SEC LEAGUE PLAY

UT owns a league best record of 279-39 (.879) against all SEC teams dating back to the 1982-83 season.

SEC REGULAR SEASON STORY

UT's last SEC win at home:
Vanderbilt, 75-66, 3-1-09
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:
LSU, 63-61, 2-26-09

15 SEASONS OF AT LEAST 10 SEC WINS

In the win over Alabama on Feb. 21, 2008, Tennessee claimed its 10th SEC victory of the 2007-08 season. The Lady Vols have 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.

TWOSIES

The Lady Vols faced Kentucky and Mississippi State twice again this season and Vanderbilt twice as the "natural rival" in SEC play.

THE LINE-UP CAROUSEL

Lady Vol coach Pat Summitt started her 12th different line-up of the season in the win over Vanderbilt in Knoxville. There has been no "common denominator" player to start in all 30 games. Freshman forward Glory Johnson started 23 consecutive games before being replaced by RS-freshman Kelley Cain. Johnson missed two starts, returned to the starting rotation but was replaced against Vanderbilt by Sydney Smallbone. In the last two NCAA title years, UT utilized fi ve different line-ups in 2008 and only 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, either.

UT'S OFFENSIVE OPPORTUNITIES

In all games, this is how Tennessee has shot from the fi eld: 60% FG: none; 50%FG: Florida2 (.532), Miss. St. 2 (.518), MTSU (.517), Alabama2 (.500), Gonzaga (.500); 40%FG: WCU (.475), Auburn (.473), LSU (.469), Vandy2 (.458), Georgia (.456), Alabama (.451), Arkansas (.448), Oklahoma (.429), South Carolina (.429), LaTech (.429), DePaul (.427), Virginia (.413), Stanford (.403), San Francisco (.400), Rutgers (.400); 30%FG: Vandy1 (.393),ODU (.386), Fla. (.368), KY1 (.361), GWU (.353), Ole Miss (.351), KY2 (.350), UT-Chattanooga (.344), Miss St. (.339), Texas (.333), Duke (.321); 20%FG: none.

DEEE ----- FENSE

In all games, this is how the opposition has shot from the fi eld: 50%FG: Oklahoma (.534), Virginia (.500), 40%FG: Auburn (.482), Vandy1 (.462), LSU (.455), KY1 (.455), KY2 (.444), Florida2 (.421), Alabama (.419), Duke (.418), MTSU (.412), Arkansas (.404), GWU (.404), Rutgers (.404); 30%FG: Vandy2 (.385), ODU (.385), South Carolina (.379), Ole Miss (.375), DePaul (.373), Gonzaga (.371), Fla. (.370), Texas (.369), UT-Chattanooga (.365), Miss. St. (.362), Stanford (.362), Georgia (.354), Miss. St. 2 (.352), LaTech (.313), Alabama2 (.300), 20%FG: WCU (.298); 10%FG: San Francisco (.186)

2008-09 WON-LOSS DIFFERENTIAL

Wins: +35 (1), +30 (1), +29 (2), +27 (1), +21 (1), +19 (3), +14 (1), +12 (2), + 10 (1), +9 (2), +7 (1), +5 (2), +4 (2) +3 (1), +1 (1).
Losses: -16 (1), -14 (2), -10 (2), -8 (1), -9 (1), -2 (1), -1 (1)

STUFF FROM OUR FIRST 09 AU MEETING

Tennessee started Manning, Johnson, Fuller, Stricklen and Bass... Bjorklund was UT's fi rst player off the bench... Vicki Baugh attempted to play in the game but her achy knee lasted less than 30 seconds... It was center Kelley Cain's fi rst game back in 10 days after suffering a pop to her knee cap in the game at Mississippi State... Cain came off the bench to score six points and grab fi ve boards in 16 minutes... UT rookie Shekinna Stricklen hung 26 points on the Tigers but DeWanna Bonner countered with 35 points of her own... Johnson, Bass, Bjorklund and Gray each had four turnovers for the Lady Vols to account for 16 of the team high 23 miscues... UT's 23 turnovers yielded 29 Auburn points... Auburn had 14 turnovers as a team and UT managed to generate 19 points... UT's bench outscored Auburn's 13-1 as KeKe Carrier had the lone point.

ONE OF THOSE VUJA DE THINGS

Kind of like deja vu but with a twist... The 1997 season thing keeps cropping up. The latest installment centers around Tennessee facing Auburn in the 1997 SEC Tournament semifi nals. It was the fi rst time UT had to play on the Tournament's fi rst day... the Lady Vols got by the fi rst two opponents to face Auburn in the semis. See the similarities to 2009? UT lost to Auburn in the semis, 61-59, and it was the last and 10th loss of the season (Tennessee has nine losses going into tonight's game). The Lady Vols then ran the table in the 1997 NCAA Tournament, including upsetting undefeated Connecticut in the Elite Eight, to record NCAA title number four.

ICE BATH

With the prospect of having to possibly play four games back-to-back in the SEC Tournament, the Lady Vols have been enjoying postgame ice whirlpool baths after the Alabama and Florida games. Following the win over Florida, assistants Holly Warlick and Daedra Charles-Furlow joined the team in the icy plunge. Warlick said the experience was "refreshing."


 

 

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