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Shannon Bobbitt

Shannon Bobbitt

Nov. 22, 2006




Stanford (2-1)
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Tennessee (3-0)

 
Nov. 24, 2006 - Thompson-Boling Arena - 7 p.m. ET
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THE SERIES
Series: UT leads 18-4
Home: UT leads 8-1
Away: UT leads 5-3
Neutral: UT leads 5-0
Last Meeting: UT, 74-67 on 12/4/2005

THE COACHES
UT's Pat Summitt is 916-177 (32 yrs)
SU's Tara VanDerveer is 662-180 (28 yrs)

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TENNESSEE VOLUNTEERS
No.NamePosHtYrPPGRPG
00Shannon BobbittPG5-2Jr.7.0 ppg2.0 rpg3.3 apg
14Alexis HornbuckleG5-11Jr.12.0 ppg3.0 rpg4.3 spg
1Sidney SpencerF6-3Sr.14.3 ppg2.0 rpg
3Candace ParkerF6-4So.20.7 ppg6.3 rpg
55Nicky AnosikeC6-4Jr.7.7 ppg3.7 rpg
STANFORD CARDINAL
No.NamePosHtYrPPGRPG
11Candice WigginsG5-11Jr.14.7 ppg4.3 apg3.7 spg
13Cissy PierceG5-10Jr.8.0 ppg2.7 rpg0.7 spg
30Brooke SmithF-C6-3Sr.17.7 ppg7.7 rpg2.0 apg
33Jillian HarmonF6-1So.7.0 ppg4.0 rpg3.3 apg
43Kristen NewlinF-C6-5Sr.11.0 ppg9.0 rpg1.3 bpg
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Shannon Bobbitt
THE GAME

Two of the most successful coaches in women's collegiate basketball square-off in Thompson-Boling Arena on the UT campus on Fri., Nov. 24, 2006, as Pat Head Summitt takes her #4-ranked Tennessee Lady Vols (3-0) into battle against #11 Stanford (2-1). Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m. This contest marks the final game of three consecutive contests for the Lady Vols versus ranked Pac-10 foes.

LADY VOLS AT A GLANCE

This is the Lady Vols' 33rd season under Head Coach Pat Summitt...She has compiled a staggering 916-177 overall record... 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 2005-06 squad advanced to the NCAA Elite...Finished with a 31-5 overall record and were the SEC Tournament Champions...

This season, UT returned six letterwinners, welcomed a senior manager turned player, two junior college transfers and a pair of rookies...The 2006-07 season marks the Lady Vol debut for former senior manager #10 Elizabeth Curry, JC transfers #00 Shannon Bobbitt and #33 Alberta Auguste...True freshman, #2 Cait McMahan, a 5-4 guard from Maryville, Tenn., and #34 Nicci Moats, a 6-2 forward from Daleville, Va., also see their first action in the Orange and White this season.

THE 4-1-1 ON THE CARDINAL

The 11th-ranked Stanford Cardinal are currently 2-1 on the season. SU coach Tara VanDerveer, in her 28th season as a head coach, led her team to a season-opening 88-61 victory over Loyola Marymount in the first round of the preseason Women's National Invitation Tournament. Senior post Brooke Smith scored 26 points and pulled down nine rebounds in the contest. Two-time Pac-10 Player of the Year, Candice Wiggins, had 16 tallies, seven assists and six rebounds. In round two of the tournament, the Cardinal fell to the upset bug as #24-ranked BYU took a 55-52 decision. Smith had 13 points and eight rebounds in the contest, while Wiggins registered a career-low seven points. In its last match-up before traveling to play at Tennessee, Stanford defeated the Missouri Tigers, 75-60, at Maples Pavilion on Nov. 21. In the contest, Kristen Newlin, a 6-5 senior center, carded a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds and Wiggins added 21 points. Following the game at Tennessee, Stanford concludes its southern swing in Athens, Ga., facing the #8-ranked Georgia Lady Bulldogs on Nov. 26.

UT'S OFFENSIVE FIREPOWER

In all games, this is how Tennessee has shot from the field: 50%FG: Chattanooga (.579), Arizona St. (.548), UCLA (.531); 40%FG: none; 30%FG: none,

DEEE ----- FENSE

In all games, this is how the opposition has shot from the field: 50%FG: none, 40%FG: Arizona St. (.469), UCLA (.451), Chattanooga (.431), 30%FG: none; 20%FG: none

2006-07 WON-LOSS DIFFERENTIAL

Wins: +30 (1), +23 (1), +9 (1),
Losses:

UPCOMING OPPONENT - MIDDLE TENNESSEE

Middle Tennessee (2-2) is in action tonight taking on Chattanooga (3-1) in Murfreesboro. Last weekend, at the Subway Classic at the University of Minnesota, MTSU's Chrissy Givens scored 18 first-half points and helped the Blue Raiders build a 25-point lead early in the second half en route to a 79- 61 victory over host Minnesota in the championship game. Givens, voted the tournament's most valuable player was also named the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Week. Givens and MTSU teammate, Starr Orr, were both selected to the Subway Classic All-Tournament team. MTSU defeated Maine, 87-60, in the first game of the Classic. Heading into last weekend, the Blue Raiders were 0-2 after dropping the season opener to defending NCAA Champ and #1 Maryland, 80-76, and to South Dakota State, 72-61, both at home. SUNDAY'S TIP-OFF HAS MOVED TO 4 P.M.

Candace Parker EARNS SEC PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONOR

Tennessee Lady Vol sophomore basketball standout Candace Parker was named the SEC Player of the Week for her recent performances in wins over #20/21 UCLA (83-60) and #11 Arizona State (83-74). Last season, Parker received the league's Freshman of the Week honor on four occasions, and the Player of the Week award once during her rookie campaign. In two games last week, Parker averaged 23.5 points and eight rebounds along with four steals and a pair of blocks. In the game against Arizona State, the Naperville, Ill., native picked up her 11th career double-double and first of the season with 25 points and 10 rebounds. She shot 10-of-15 from the field against UCLA and stayed perfect from the line (2-of-2) for 22 points, six rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block to earn Philips Player of the Game accolades. The scoring occurrences marked the 35th and 36th double figure games in her 39-game career. The match-ups were also the 10th and 11th game with 20 or more points.

ALL-TIME SERIES MEETINGS

DATERANKSITEW/LSCORE
12/18/881/5HW83-60
12/15/892/3AL71-85
11/25/906/2HW95-80
12/30/907/8N58W84-77
3/30/914/11N59W68-60
12/14/911/3AL95-96
12/6/922/1N56W74-73
12/21/921/2HW84-79
12/3/931/9AW81-75 OT
12/1/941/2HW105-69 OT
12/16/952/9AL72-90
12/15/965/1HL65-82
11/29/971/11N79W88-70
12/19/982/nrHW98-62
11/26/995/23AW79-73
12/17/002/15HW63-58
12/16/012/6AW68-62
12/18/024/5HW71-56
12/14/032/6AW70-66 OT
3/30/042/10N112W62-60
12/21/049/2HW70-67
12/4/052/12AW74-67

STANFORD SERIES

This marks the 23rd meeting between the two schools dating back to the 1988 season. UT and Stanford have developed a strong high-ranking intersectional rivalry in a series contested at least once annually for the last 18 years. UT has controlled the recent match-ups, amazingly having taken the last 10. Stanford has won consecutive meetings over the Lady Vols only once.

AVERAGE SCORE

The average score of a UT-Stanford game is a narrow margin -- 78.1 for UT and 71.2 for Stanford. Tennessee has scored 1720 points in the series while Stanford has totaled exactly 1567 points in 22 games.

LOTS OF WINS

Lady Vol coach Pat Summitt and Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer are a combined 1578-357 for a staggering .816 winning percentage. While Summitt is chasing 1,000 career wins, VanDerveer is 38 wins away from the 700 Club. Since the inception of the NCAA Women's Final Four in 1982, UT and Stanford have made a combined 22 trips and collected 8 NCAA titles. The Lady Vols have made 16 visits and grabbed six titles, while the Cardinal has two titles in six trips.

ANOTHER SUMMITT MARK

With the Lady Vols' win over Stanford in the 2004 NCAA Midwest Regional Championship game, Tennessee's Pat Summitt coached in her 100th NCAA Tournament game in her career. Currently, over the 24-year NCAA Tournament span, Summitt is an outstanding 89-18 (.837) in NCAA battles.

STANFORD NOTEBOOK

The #11-ranked Stanford Cardinal enters Thompson-Boling Arena looking to break a 10-game losing streak to Tennessee. Stanford's last win was on Dec. 15, 1996, when the top-ranked Cardinal took an 82-65 decision from the fifth-ranked Lady Vols in Knoxville. The Pac-10 powerhouse will face three Southeastern Conference opponents this year in Tennessee, No. 8 Georgia (Nov. 26) and South Carolina (Jan. 8). Stanford's schedule includes six opponents ranked in this week's Associated Press top-25. This season, the Pac-10 Coaches picked Stanford, with nine first-place votes, to finish first in the league in the annual pre-season poll. The media poll also picked Stanford followed by Arizona State.

LADY VOLS VS. BRUINS STAT COMPARISON

TENNESSEEUCLA
OVERALL RECORD3-02-1
SCORING89.371.7
SCORING DEFENSE68.758.7
POINT MARGIN+20.7+13.0
REBOUNDS32.741.3
OPP. REBOUNDS31.731.0
REBOUND MARGIN+ 1.0+10.3
FG%.552.473
OPPONENT FG%.449.364
THREE POINT FG%.422.314
OPPONENT 3FG%.404.426
FT%.734.700
OPPONENT FT%.703.759
ASSISTS19.719.0
BLOCKS AVERAGE4.34.0
STEALS AVERAGE15.37.3
TURNOVER AVERAGE16.016.0

OUR LAST MEETING

Candace Parker earned her second double-double of the week with 21 points and 12 rebounds to lead the #2-ranked Tennessee Lady Vols to a 74-67 victory over #12-ranked Stanford on Dec. 4, 2005, in Palo Alto, Calif. The loss was the first in 24 home games for the Cardinal. Shanna Zolman haunted Stanford once again with 21 points, including seven in the last three and a half minutes. The Lady Vols took a seven point lead into the locker room but Stanford erased the margin in the opening minutes of the second half. The Cardinal never led by more than two points. Tennessee finally pulled away when Alexis Hornbuckle stole the ball with 3:52 remaining in the game and raced down the court for an uncontested lay-up to put the Lady Vols ahead 59-53. Parker stole the ball in the ensuing Cardinal possession and was fouled by Candice Wiggins on her way to the basket. Zolman sank a fourteen foot jumper to give Tennessee an eight point edge with three minutes remaining. A sellout crowd came out to witness the first collegiate showdown between Candace and Candice - Tennessee's Parker and Stanford sophomore sensation Wiggins, the reigning Pac-10 Player of the Year. Wiggins had 16 points, five rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks but also committed eight turnovers. The Lady Vols shot just 41 percent from the field, but a 19 of 24 effort from the line kept Tennessee undefeated on the season.

UT HAS "ACE" AND SU HAS "ICE"

Two sweet Cand-ace's/ice's will grace The Summitt - Tennessee's Candace (Parker) and Stanford's Candice (Wiggins). The two incredibly talented players joined forces prior to their rookie seasons in the summer of 2004 to help lead the USA Junior National Team to a qualifying berth for the U19 World Championships. It was there that their teammates dubbed them "ACE" (Parker) and "ICE" (Wiggins). While Parker had to sit out her original rookie season with a knee injury, Wiggins was named as a Kodak All-American, an Associated Press Second Team All-American, the USBWA Co-Freshman of the Year, the Pac-10 Player of the Year and Pac-10 Freshman of the Year.

LAST TIME VS. SU AT HOME

With the game's final seconds ticking away, junior guard Shanna Zolman dribbled down the floor and sank a 28-foot three-pointer as the buzzer sounded, lifting the Tennessee Lady Vols to a 70-67 victory over second-ranked Stanford before a crowd of 13,209 at Thompson-Boling Arena on Dec. 21, 2004. Zolman's game-winning basket came just seconds after Stanford guard Kelley Suminski connected on a three-pointer of her own, evening the score at 67. The win was UT's ninth straight in the all-time series with the Cardinal. Despite having trouble at the offensive end of the floor early in the contest (hit just two of its first 10 shots), Tennessee kept it close before going on a 9-0 run to take a 12-5 lead following an Alexis Hornbuckle jumper with 13:26 remaining the half. The Lady Vols would push the margin to as many as nine points, 18-9, and still led by seven with less than two minutes showing, before Stanford closed out the opening session with a 9-0 spurt to take a 31-29 advantage into the locker room. Following the intermission, SU gradually extended the margin to eight points, forcing UT Head Coach Pat Summitt to call a timeout with 15:15 left. After regrouping, the Orange and White rattled off an 8-0 run to even the score at 42 after a pair of Shyra Ely free throws. With no signs of letting up, the Lady Vols continued to pour it on and pushed the lead to 11 points, 59-48, with less than seven minutes showing. The Cardinal answered the challenge, however, and steadily chipped away at the lead down the stretch. Senior Brittany Jackson had a chance to help seal the win and to put UT ahead by five points when she stepped to the charity stripe with 15 seconds left, but the 82 percent free throw shooter missed both attempts, which set up the last-second heroics. The Lady Vols were led by four players with double-figure point totals: Ely (16), Tye'sha Fluker (13), Hornbuckle and Jackson (11).

HALL OF FAMERS

Tara VanDerveer joined Pat Summitt in the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame as she was inducted in April 2002 in Knoxville, Tenn.

OLYMPIC GOLD

Tara VanDerveer served as head coach of the 1996 United States Olympic Women's Basketball Team that won the gold medal in Atlanta, Ga. She guided the Olympic Team to an unblemished 60-0 record from 1995-96 and owns an all-time international head coaching record of 88-8 (.917), while coaching a pair of Lady Vols (Nikki McCray and Carla McGhee) on the squad. Meanwhile, Pat Summitt boasts an all-time international record of 63-4 (.940) during her time at the helm of the national squad. She served as head coach of the 1984 United States Olympic Women's Basketball Team that won the gold medal in Los Angeles, Calif.

FIFTY IS NIFTY

With the victory over Arizona State, Tennessee has now claimed 51 victories all-time against teams from the Pac-10. Outside of the Southeastern Conference (365 wins), the Lady Vols have recorded 77 wins over teams from the ACC and 66 victories over BIG EAST Conference schools. The Pac-10 ranks as the fourth most defeated conference by Tennessee.

VERSUS THE PAC-10 Tennessee has taken on nine teams from the Pacific 10 all-time and sports a 51-12 record. Only three teams have claimed victories over UT - Southern California (seven times), Stanford (four) and UCLA (once). The Lady Vols have not lost to a team that competes in the Pac-10 since Dec. 15, 1996, when Stanford came away from Knoxville with an 82-65 win over UT. Prior to this season's game with UCLA and Arizona State, Tennessee's last meeting with a Pac-10 opponent came on Dec. 4, 2005, against Stanford in Palo Alto. The Lady Vols pulled out a 74-67 win. In NCAA postseason play, the last meeting with a Pac 10 opponent was also the Cardinal on Mar. 30, 2004, in Norman, OK. The #2/3-ranked Tennessee Lady Vols advanced to their then-record-setting 15th NCAA Final Four with a 62-60 victory over sixth-seeded Stanford in the NCAA Midwest Region final. Tennessee has played nine of the 10 basketball playing schools in the Pac-10. UT has yet to face California.

MTSU TIP-OFF CHANGED

The tip-off time has changed for Tennessee's game versus Middle Tennessee on Nov. 26 in Knoxville. To accommodate television, the tip-off has moved to 4:00 p.m.

FIRST MONTH OF THE SEASON: STATE LOVE & PAC-10 EAST

In the first month of the 2006-07 season, the Lady Vols will face eight foes. Three teams hail from the state of Tennessee as the Lady Vols will face Chattanooga (a 102-72 win), Middle Tennessee (Nov. 26) and Coach Pat Summitt's alma mater, UT-Martin (Dec. 5). UT will seem like a member of the Pac-10, eastern division, as the Lady Vols face three ranked Pac-10 schools in consecutive games: #20/21 UCLA (an 83-60 win), at #11 Arizona State (an 83-74 win ) and #11 Stanford (Nov. 24). Trips to long-standing rival Louisiana Tech (Nov. 28) and #2-ranked North Carolina (Dec. 3) round out the first month of the season.

LADY VOL SPOILERS

The Lady Vols have enjoyed the role of spoiler snapping long-standing winning streaks on a number of opponent's home floors over the years. Last Sunday, Tennessee halted Arizona State's 26-game winning streak at Wells Fargo Arena with an 83-74 win. Last season, Stanford had amassed a 23-game winning streak at Maples Pavilion before the Lady Vols grabbed a 74-67 win on Dec. 4, 2005.

FREE THROW WOES

Good thing that the Lady Vols exploded to as much as a 24-point lead against Arizona State. Had Tennessee been forced to rely on relief from the charity stripe down the stretch, it would have been a bad outcome. UT made only 12-21 free throws against the Sun Devils for just 57.1 percent. Candace Parker missed four (7-11), Shannon Bobbitt missed the front end of two 1+1 situations (0-2) and Alex Fuller, uncharacteristically, missed both of her bonus tosses (0-2).

CAN THIS TEAM DEFEND THE 3?

Coach Pat Summitt has not been pleased with the Lady Vols' commitment to defending the three-pointer. On the season, UT's opponents have connected on 6.3 treys per game and connecting on 40.4 percent of their attempts. Chattanooga recorded a school record 31 attempts from three-point land versus the Lady Vols.

UCLA WAS 370TH WIN VS. RANKED

Tennessee's victory over UCLA improved its record 2-0 on the season and gave the Lady Vols their 370th all-time win over a ranked foe. The Big Orange is 370-145 in games against Top-25 ranked opposition. At halftime, Lady Vol coach Pat Summitt challenged her team to get off to a quick start in the second half and hunker down on defense. Challenge answered. Tennessee opened the second half with a 10-0 run and UCLA did not score a field goal until 3:55 into the second stanza. Individually: Alexis Hornbuckle...Extended her streak of games with at least one steal to 38 straight contests; Sidney Spencer...The first of three Lady Vols to reach double-figures -- it was the 29th double-digit game of her career; Candace Parker...Scored in double-figures for the 35th time in her 38-game career -- it was her 11th career contest of 20 or more points. No dunks against the Bruins. However, her repertoire of shots was simply amazing; Nicky Anosike...Surpassed the 500-point plateau for her career -- she now has 503 career points and Alex Fuller...Scored a career-high 10 points.

NEW UNIFORM PATCH

This year, University of Tennessee student-athletes who achieve a 3.0 GPA or better in the classroom have a "VS" patch on their uniform. The "VS" stands for Vol Scholar. Every Lady Vol basketball player (except for the newcomers -- rookies Cait McMahan and Nicci Moats and junior college transfers Alberta Auguste and Shannon Bobbitt) are proudly displaying the patch on their uniform jerseys this season.

THREE 100 POINT GAMES

In the two preseason exhibition tilts and in the first game of the season, the Tennessee Lady Vols registered at least 100 points in all three contests. It marks the first time in program history that a Lady Vol team had tallied triple digits in back-to-back-to-back contests. UT dropped in 102 points against Chattanooga in the season opener and recorded games of 104 points versus Carson-Newman and 101 points against the Houston Jaguars in a pair of exhibition match-ups.

THEY CALL HER "SOMETHING SPECIAL"

In her first handful of games in a Lady Vol uniform, 5'2" junior point guard Shannon Bobbitt has quickly become a crowd favorite. The diminutive Bobbitt is so quick with the ball, she has left defenders shaking their heads more than once. Hailing from Manhattan, N.Y., Bobbitt earned her hoops rep on some of the toughest courts in the city. The guys at the famed hoops mecca, Rucker Park, nicknamed her "something special." After watching some of her moves in the first two games, a more accurate nickname might be "the ankle breaker."

CANDACE JAMS

Lady Vol sophomore All-American Candace Parker gave Lady Vols fans the dunk they had been waiting to see at Thompson-Boling Arena. On Nov. 12, 2006, with UT leading Chattanooga, 75-43, Parker stole the ball from the Lady Mocs' Brooke Hand near the sideline. The 6-4 forward took off for the other end of the court and slammed the rock in with her right hand with 16:02 left in the game as cheers shook the Arena. Parker elected to finger roll a couple of shots last year but never dunked at home. She finally dunked twice as a rookie in the NCAA First Round game versus Army last season. Prior to Parker's dunking exploits, Michelle Snow dunked three times as a Lady Vol. Unfortunately, the dunks occurred on the road at Maui, South Carolina and Vanderbilt. In Snow's final game at Thompson-Boling Arena, she went in to dunk against Notre Dame in the waning seconds of UT's NCAA Second Round victory over the Irish, but she was fouled instead and the dunk never went down. Parker's dunk against Chattanooga ties Snow for the Lady Vol records for "dunks in a career" with three.

FIRST GAME IMPRESSIONS

The 102-72 win over Chattanooga improves Tennessee to 68-3 in 100-point games...Tennessee made its first six shots of the game from the field and its first 11 free throws...In the first half, the Lady Vols shot a sizzling 60 percent from beyond the arc, connecting on six of 10 attempts...Every Lady Vols saw playing time in the first half... Chattanooga broke the opponent record for three-pointers in a game with 13...The previous opponent record was 12, by Stanford in Knoxville on Dec. 21, 1992...The Lady Vols reached the century scoring mark when rookie Cait McMahan drove the length of the floor for a lay up with just over five minutes remaining in the game...This was the first 100+ point season-opening game for the Lady Vols since a 112-39 victory over Stetson on Nov. 26, 1989...Shannon Bobbitt was the first of six Lady Vols to reach double-figure scoring...Alex Fuller tied a career high in blocks (2) in the first half and scored a career-high nine points...Cait McMahan's first bucket in a Lady Vol uniform came when she snuck around the defense for her first career lay-up...Alexis Hornbuckle extended her streak of games to 37 with at least one steal and she shattered her own career-best mark with seven steals against UTC...Candace Parker scored in double-figures for the 15th consecutive game dating back to last season and dunked for the first time at home in her 37-game career -- It was the first recorded dunk by a woman in a game in Thompson-Boling Arena history.

EXHIBIONISTS I TELL YOU

In two 2006-07 preseason exhibition tilts against Carson-Newman and the Houston Jaguars, the Lady Vols averaged 102.5 ppg while giving up 50.0 ppg. UT connected on 49.7 percent from the field and cashed in on 70.2 percent from the line. Tennessee's defense forced 35.5 turnovers per game and came away with 22.0 steals per outing.

SIX IN DOUBLE-FIGS

Another interesting stat from the exhibition contests found six Lady Vols registering double-digits. Leader of the pack was sophomore forward Alex Fuller who tossed in 15.5 ppg while also grabbing a team leading 11.5 rpg. Fuller was followed in the scoring parade by senior Dominique Redding (15.0 ppg), sophomore Candace Parker (15.0 ppg), junior Alexis Hornbuckle (15.0 ppg), junior Nicky Anosike (12.5 ppg) and senior Sidney Spencer (11.5 ppg). Junior College transfers Shannon Bobbitt and Alberta "Bird" Auguste were impressive in their Lady Vol debut. Bobbitt started at point guard and averaged 9.5 ppg, 6.0 apg and 3.5 spg. Auguste averaged 7.5 ppg, grabbed 5.5 rpg and handed out 4.0 apg.

62 INCHES OF DYNAMITE

Lady Vol junior college transfer Shannon Bobbitt is listed at 5'2" and is the shortest player on the roster since Diane Brady donned uniform number 20 for Tennessee during the 1973-75 seasons.

PARKER NAMED TO AP A-A

Lady Vols' Candace Parker was named to yet another preseason All-America team earning the nod from the Associated Press on Nov. 9, 2006. Joining Parker (45 votes) on the team was leading vote getter Courtney Paris of Oklahoma (47 votes out of 50). Also named to the team was North Carolina's Ivory Latta (43), Stanford's Candice Wiggins (35) and Maryland's Crystal Langhorne (28). Parker, the 2006 SEC rookie of the year, is returning for her second season at Tennessee after winning a bronze medal with the U.S. national team at the world championships in Brazil.

WOODEN AWARD NOMINEES

Tennessee Lady Vols Candace Parker and Alexis Hornbuckle were named to the list of 30 preseason candidates for the 2006-07 John R. Wooden Women's Award. Defending national champion and No. 1-ranked Maryland and No. 2-ranked North Carolina placed three athletes each on the list, while Duke, Rutgers and Tennessee each added two players. The 30 candidates are comprised of the top returning players. The award, which is voted on by sports writers and broadcasters, is entering its fourth year.

PARKER UP FOR THE WADE

Lady Vol basketball star Candace Parker has been named to the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) preseason "Wade Watch" list for The State Farm Wade Trophy Division I Player of the Year for the 2006-2007 season. The list is comprised of 25 student-athletes who are members of an NCAA Division I institution and are selected based on the following criteria: game and season statistics, leadership, character, effect on their team and overall playing ability. The national awards committee who selects these candidates is comprised of leading basketball coaches, journalists and basketball administrators.

In 2006, Parker guided the Lady Vols to a 31-5 record, the SEC Tournament title and an appearance in the NCAA Elite Eight during her rookie season. The Naperville, Ill., native led the team in scoring (17.3 ppg), rebounding (8.3 rpg) and blocks (2.4 bpg) and was named a Kodak/WBCA All-American. Parker became the first female to dunk in an NCAA Tournament game and the only woman to dunk twice in the same contest, when she slammed two home against Army in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament on March 19, 2006. She was a first team All-SEC selection, the SEC Freshman of the Year and the conference tournament MVP after hitting the game-winning shot to lift Tennessee past LSU, 63-62.

THOMPSON-BOLING ARENA

WELCOME TO "THE SUMMITT"

The playing court in the Thompson-Boling Arena on the University of Tennessee campus donned a new look for the 2005-06 season. After Lady Vol coach Pat Summitt passed Dean Smith for most NCAA collegiate basketball wins of all-time with a 75-54 win over Purdue on Mar. 22, 2005, UT named the TBA court, "The Summitt." The floor had a complete overhaul with permanent logos of both the Lady Vols and Vols painted directly in front of the scorer's table; the free throw lanes were painted orange with "SEC" reversed out; the giant jump circle/mid-court TENNESSEE was given a new brighter color scheme, and "The Summitt," Coach Summitt's actual signature adorns the sidelines opposite the team benches.

ON OUR WAY TO 300 WINS

Tennessee recorded its 200th win in Thompson-Boling Arena when the Lady Vols defeated the University of Southern California on Nov. 18, 2001, 106-66. UT has now amassed a 267-16 (.943) record since the Orange and White moved into the Thompson-Boling Arena to start the 1987-88 season 19-years ago. Along the way, the Lady Vols have produced nine flawless home records in 1988-89 (15-0), 1991-92 (14-0), 1992-93 (13-0), 1993-94 (15-0), 1994-95 (15-0), 1997-98 (16-0), 1998-99 (14-0), 2000-01 (15-0) and 2002-03 (16-0). UT also registered an NCAA record 69-game home court-winning streak from Feb. 1, 1991 thru Jan. 2, 1996.

JUST 16 LOSSES

The Tennessee Lady Vols rarely lose at home. In fact, since moving to the Thompson-Boling Arena for the 1987-88 campaign, UT has lost two games in one season just six times. UT lost two games in TBA during the inaugural 1987-88 campaign, 1996-97, 1999-00, 2001-02, 2003-04 and the 2005-06 seasons. The 16 all-time losses at Thompson-Boling Arena have come at the hands of just nine teams: Florida (2006), LSU (2006), Duke (2004), Connecticut (2004, 2002, 2000, 1996), Louisiana Tech (1999, 1989), Georgia (1996, 1991), Texas (2003, 2002, 1987), Stanford (1996) and Auburn (1988).

HOME SWEET HOME -- 400th HOME WIN

The victory over Georgia on Jan. 31, 2005, was the Lady Vols 400th home win since Pat Summitt took over as head coach in 1974. Summitt has won 91.4 percent of all home games in 33 years producing a 420-40 overall record. Home losses (in the Summitt era) include: six in Alumni Gym from 1974-76; 18 in Stokely Athletics Center from 1976-87; and 16 in Thompson-Boling Arena since 1987.

218 OF 231 AT HOME

UT has won 218 of their last 231 games in Thompson-Boling Arena dating back to 2-1-91. UT's 13 losses during this time have been to Florida, LSU, Duke, Louisiana Tech, UConn (four times), Stanford, Texas (three times) and Georgia (OT).

500 GAMES VERSUS RANKED

Tennessee's game versus #13 Georgia on Feb. 16, 2006 was the Lady Vols' 500th all-time versus a ranked team since the inception of the polls in 1976. UT is an amazing 371-145 (.703) versus ranked teams. Last year, Tennessee was 13-3 versus ranked teams.

LADY VOL STREAKS

The last time the Lady Vols lost at home was against Florida, 95-93 OT on Feb. 26, 2006 -- since then, UT has won two games at home. The last time UT lost on the road was on Jan. 26, 2006 at Kentucky, since then, UT has won four road games. The last time the Lady Vols lost on a neutral court was against North Carolina, 75-63, in the NCAA Elite 8 game on Mar. 28, 2006 Since then, UT has not played on a neutral court.

LAST LOSS TO AN UNRANKED TEAM?

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 five years previous (to the day) losing to Auburn on Mar. 2, 1997 at the SEC Tournament.


 

 

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