Oct. 31, 2011
- The #3-ranked Tennessee Lady Vols will play host to the Carson-Newman Lady Eagles in a non-counting contest tonight for the eighth-straight season.
- Tennessee reached the century mark in six of the last seven meetings with 105-47, 101-55, 104-49, 135-55, 124-34 and 110-66 victories in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2010, respectively.
- The Lady Eagles return two starters and seven letterwinners from last year's squad that went 14-16, including senior Zoriah Williams --a preseason All-SAC first team selection -- and sophomore Shannon Depew, the reigning 2011 SAC Rookie of the Year.
- The Lady Vols carry a 36-game homecourt winning streak into the game against Carson-Newman. Tuesday's contest does not count - win or lose -- on the official record since it is just an exhibition.
THE SEASON OPENER
- The Tennessee Lady Volunteer basketball team will start the 2011-12 season ranked No. 3 in The Associated Press poll. The preseason rankings were released on Oct. 29. The Lady Vols received 906 points to place behind No. 1 Baylor (988) 33 first place votes and No. 2 Notre Dame (934) six first place votes.
The Tennessee Lady Vols returns the bulk of the team despite losing guards Angie Bjorklund (10.3 ppg, 2.6 rpg), Sydney Smallbone (1.4 ppg, 0.8 rpg) and center Kelley Cain (7.0 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 2.1 bpg) to graduation. A five member senior-laden squad, UT will be led by 6-2 guard/forward Shekinna Stricklen and 6-3 post Glory Johnson (12.0 ppg, 9.7 rpg).
- The University of Tennessee's Thompson-Boling Arena is still the toughest women's basketball arena in the nation to secure a win. Heading into the 2011-12 season, the Lady Vols have fashioned a 341-20 all-time record on "The Summitt" for a 94.45 winning percentage since the doors were opened in 1987.