March 16, 2014
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Here's a look back at the senior feature video that UTSports.com's Dani Klupenger produced about lightning quick Tennessee guard and All-America candidate Meighan Simmons.
Since the video was shot, the 5-9 product from Cibolo, Texas, has joined the elite club of Lady Vols who've scored 2,000 points in their careers as Lady Vols. Simmons joined Chamique Holdsclaw, Bridgette Gordon, Candace Parker and Tamika Catchings in that small circle. All four previous members were All-Americans and went on to become Olympians and have their jerseys retired at Tennessee.
The two-time first-team All-SEC selection now has 2,004 points in 140 career games after hitting 17 vs. No. 12/13 Kentucky in UT's SEC Tournament championship game victory. That effort marked the 28th time this season and the 107th occasion during her career that she scored in double digits.
Simmons, who has helped lead the No. 4/3 Lady Vols to 13 wins in their last 14 games, a 27-5 record and an SEC Tournament championship, is averaging 16.2 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.2 steals per contest. She has shot 42.2% from the field, 35.9% on threes and 81.0% for the season.
In UT's telling last 15 games, Simmons' scoring average jumped to 19.4 points per game. Her shooting percentages during that time also reflect her stellar play, standing at 44.3% from the field, 41.9% on the three-point arc and 84.9% from the free throw line.
Among SEC players this season, Simmons ranks sixth in scoring, fourth in free throw percentage, fifth in three-point field goal percentage and 11th in field goal percentage. She also stands as the league's career scoring leader among active players with 2,004 points and a 14.3 average during her UT tenure.
Simmons and her teammates will gather on Monday night to watch the NCAA Selection Show at 7 p.m. on ESPN. They'll be eager to learn their seeding, opening round opponent and the region to which they've been assigned.
Tennessee already knows it will host NCAA First and Second Round games on March 22 and 24. Game times, as set by the NCAA and ESPN, are 4 and 6:30 p.m. on Saturday and 9 p.m. on Monday. First Round game assignments won't be known until Monday night. Tickets are available at UTTix.com.