The #1-ranked Tennessee Lady Vols (1-0) take to the road for the first time in the 2007-08 season traveling to Tampa, Fla., to take on #9/8 Oklahoma (0-1) in the ESPNU Invitational at the St. Pete Times Forum on Thurs., Nov. 15 at 9:30 p.m. Earlier in the evening, host South Florida will face #10/9 Duke in the Invitational opener.
LADY VOLS AT A GLANCE
This is the Lady Vols’ 34th season under Head Coach Pat Summitt…She has compiled a staggering 948-180 overall record… Is just 52 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 2006-07 squad was crowned as the NCAA Champions producing the program’s seventh title…UT finished with a 34-3 overall record and were also the SEC Champions… This season, UT returned seven letterwinners and welcomed a talented quartet of rookies…The 2007-08 season marks the Lady Vol debut for freshmen, #5 Angie Bjorklund, a 6-0 forward/guard from Spokane, Wash., #20 Sydney Smallbone, a 5-10 guard from Granger, Ind., #21 Vicki Baugh, a 6-4 center from Sacramento, Calif., and #52 Kelley Cain, a 6-6 center from Atlanta, Ga., who will all see their first action in the Orange and White this season.
TOURNAMENTS & INVITATIONALS
Since 1969, the Lady Vols have played in 50 regular season tournaments or invitationals and sport 30 championships and 13 runner-up honors. During the Pat Summitt era (since 1974), the Lady Vols have been crowned champions 30 times.
OUR SCHEDULE THIS WEEK
The Lady Vols open the first week of the season playing three games -- Tennessee defeated Chattanooga, 76-56 on Nov. 11 at home. UT now plays its Big XII slate traveling to Tampa to face #9/8 Oklahoma on Nov. 15 and then returning home on Nov. 18 to hang the 2007 NCAA Championship banner against #21/22 Texas.
ON THIS DAY IN LADY VOL BASKETBALL HISTORY
UT is 1-1 in games played on Nov. 15. The Lady Vols are 1-0 at home, 0-1 on the road and 0-0 on neutral courts. The last time out on Nov. 15, the Lady Vols had their 46- consecutive game winning streak broken at Purdue with a 78-68 loss in 1998. UT started the streak with a Mar. 15, 1997 win over Grambling (H, 91-54) which continued until the loss at Purdue.
Last year at this time, the Lady Vols were 1-0 on the season after defeating Chattanooga, 102-72, in the season opener on Nov. 12.
LADY VOLS ON TV
A record 23 Lady Vol regular season games are slated for television this season. Upcoming TV games include: Oklahoma (ESPNU) and Texas (ESPN2). UT is 1-0 on TV this season.
SEASON TICKET UPDATE
As of Nov. 10, 2007, the Lady Vols had sold a record 11,018 full season ticket packages and 466 Coca-Cola Six Pack packages (six games: UNC, Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Rutgers, LSU and Florida). With the new capacity of 21,678 at Thompson-Boling Arena, more than one-half of the tickets have been already sold to UT’s 17 home games.
In the season opener for both squads, No. 4-ranked Maryland defeated No. 6- ranked Oklahoma, 76-66, in State Farm Tipoff Classic in Chapel Hill, N.C. on Nov. 11. OU starting forward Ashley Paris scored 17 points on 8-of-12 shooting and reserve Danielle Robinson added 15 points off the bench for the Sooners (0-1). Courtney Paris, last year’s Associated Press player of the year, finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds, extending her NCAA-record streak of games with double figures in both categories to 62 -- as she crack the 10-point mark with 2:53 remaining in the contest. Maryland’s Marissa Coleman had 20 points and 12 rebounds while Laura Harper added 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Terrapins (2-0), who shot nearly 46 percent, led by 24 and took command by outscoring the Sooners 30-9 during the final 12 minutes of the first half. Maryland also outrebounded the Sooners, 43-32. Maryland took control midway through the first half, taking the lead for good when Jade Perry’s basket with 10:11 left made it 18-17. Toliver’s short jumper at the buzzer pushed the lead to 42-24. Oklahoma surged at the end of the game outscoring Maryland 13-1 during the final 2:09.
UT VS. BIG 12
Tennessee currently holds a 40- 11 record all-time against teams from the Big 12, including a perfect 6-0 mark in NCAA Tournament play. Ten of those losses, however, have come at the hands of Texas, with the only other defeat credited to Colorado in 1981.
LAST MEETING WITH THE SOONERS
On Dec. 21, 2003, the #2-ranked Tennessee Lady Vols managed to win handily in regulation, taking a 71-55 decision over #13/15 Oklahoma in a sold-out Lloyd Noble Arena (12,080) in Norman, Okla., Unlike UT’s two previous overtime road victories, the Lady Vols exploded out of the gate, jumping to an 11-2 advantage in the opening four minutes and led by as many as 15 points (19-4 at 12:11). The Sooners came storming back to pull within three (27-24) with four minutes to go before the break. After such a big start, UT fizzled in the last 6:30 of the first half, managing just two baskets, but still led, 29- 28, at the break. During her halftime chat, UT head coach Pat Summitt reminded her team that Christmas break did not start until after the game and challenged the Lady Vols to put the contest away in the first 10 minutes of the second stanza. The Sooners would not go away, however, and urged on by their record crowd, OU knotted the score at 34-all with 18:19 to play. UT’s Loree Moore lay-up followed by a sevenpoint barrage by sophomore guard Shanna Zolman over the span of one minute and thirty-five seconds, provided the Lady Vols with a 43-34 lead with 15:12 to play. OU shaved Tennessee’s lead to single digits one last time with 4:07 to play (60-52), but UT hit all eight of its free throws down the stretch and another trey by Zolman iced the game. Lady Vol Tasha Butts recorded her fourth career double-double, adding 11 points and 10 rebounds, while fellow senior Ashley Robinson rejected five shots.
WILL THE REAL CP3 STAND UP
Both Tennessee and Oklahoma boast 2007 National Players of the Year that wear the number three and have the initials CP, in UT’s Candace Parker and OU’s Courtney Paris. Naturally, a healthy rivalry has developed between fans of the two schools, with each claiming rights to the nickname CP3. The much-anticipated showdown between the two teams will finally allow the pair of superstars to battle it out on the court.
RED, WHITE & BLUE TEAMMATES
This past fall, UT’s Candace Parker and OU’s Courtney Paris were the only collegians playing for the USA Basketball Women’s Senior National Team which overpowered the opposition in the FIBA Americas Zone Tournament in Valdivia, Chile. The gold medal victory over Cuba on Sept. 30 clinched a spot for the U.S. in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Parker, a starter in all five games, led the USA squad in scoring (13.8 ppg) and steals (2.4 spg) while shooting a sizzling 61.7 percent. Paris aided the winning effort with 2.4 ppg and 2.4 rpg.
THE UT-OKLAHOMA SERIES ALL-TIME SERIES MEETINGS
This 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 firsttime trip for Oklahoma. The Lady Vols were embarrassed by UConn in one semifinal, 79-56, while upstart Oklahoma defeated Duke, 86-71, in the other semifinal. It was too much of the Husky women in the title game, as Connecticut defeated Oklahoma, 82- 70. Last season, 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.
The average score of a UT-OU game is 82.5 for UT and 61.5 for OU.
ADVANCE SELL-OUT IN NORMAN 2003 BACK-TO-BACK-TO-BACK SELL-OUTS FOR UT
When the Lady Vols last played the Sooners, it was a sold-out situation on the Norman campus. That year, it marked the third consecutive road game which sold-out for the Lady Vols. Tennessee’s game at Stanford was a standing room soldout crowd of 7,391 on Dec. 14. The Lady Vols followed that game with an advance sold-out, SRO crowd at De- Paul on Dec. 17 of 3,500 and then the 12,080 crowd at OU on Dec. 21, 2003.
Record: 1-0 (0-0 SEC)
Pat Summitt- 34th (948-180)
def. Chattanooga, 76-56
vs. Texas 11/18 - 3:00 p.m.
Record: 0-1 (0-0 Big XII)
Sherri Coale- 12th (232-119)
lost Maryland, 76-66
Overall: UT is 2-0
In Knoxville: UT is 1-0
Away: UT is 1-0
Neutral: UT is 0-0
Last Meeting: 10-21-03 in Knoxville
UT def. Okla., 71-55
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