No. 13 Lady Vols rout No. 7 Kentucky, 91-54

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (release) -- The No. 13 Lady Vols gained a measure of revenge on Monday night as they handed No. 7 Kentucky their largest defeat of the season as Tennessee routed the Wildcats 91-54 in front of 14,807 at Thompson-Boling Arena. The game served as the focal point for Live Pink, Bleed Orange an initiative as part of the "Play 4 Kay" raising awareness for breast cancer in honor of the late Kay Yow.

The win moved the Lady Vols record to 18-7 overall and 9-3 in the SEC. Kentucky dropped its second game in a row after losing to LSU last Sunday and stands at 21-4 overall and 10-2 in the league.

Meighan Simmons tallied a season-high 25 points. Shekinna Stricklen scored 18. Glory Johnson added 10 and grabbed seven rebounds.

The Lady Vols shot a sensational 59.0 from the floor and held Kentucky to just 33.3 from the floor. Tennessee outrebouned UK, 45-27.

Back on Jan. 12, Kentucky edged the Lady Vols, 61-60 in Lexington to take the lead in the SEC. Tennessee inched back to within a game of the league lead with Monday's victory.

Kentucky's leading scorer A'dia Mathies tallied 12. Back in January, she netted a career-high 34. The Cats' top scorer on Monday was Bria Goss, who had 15.

The Lady Vols' lead expanded to 28 on a putback layup by Johnson with 11:51 left in the game as the onslaught continued. The lead ballooned to 40 on a Kamiko Williams jumper with 4:32 left in the game.

Tennessee dominated the first half, leading 46-28 at intermission behind 12 points apiece from Simmons and Stricklen. The Lady Vols shot 60 percent from the floor while holding the Wildcats to 30.3 from the floor and 1-10 from 3-point range.

The Lady Vols went on a 14-0 run over 2:12 late in the first half to build a 39-18 advantage with 4:39 left in the first half. Vicki Baugh, Simmons and Williams each had four points in the spurt.

After being down by 12, Kentucky cut the deficit to five at 21-16 on a give-and-go lay-up from Bernisha Pinkett with 9:20 left. But the Lady Vols responded.

Tennessee came out strong building an 18-6 lead after an Ariel Massengale lay-up with 13:36 left in the first half. The Lady Vols made eight of their first 10 shots including Stricklen starting 3-of-3. Kentucky began the game just 2-of-16 from the floor.

The Lady Vols return to action on Thursday night as Tennessee plays at Mississippi State at 9 p.m. The game will air on CSS and can be heard on the Lady Vol Network.

Official Basketball Box Score
Kentucky vs TENNESSEE
02/13/12 7:03 p.m. at Thompson-Boling Arena, Knoxville, Tenn.

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VISITORS: Kentucky 21-4, 10-2
TOT-FG 3-PT REBOUNDS
## Player Name FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF TP A TO BLK S MIN
40 Henderson, Brittany. f 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
01 Mathies, A'dia...... g 5-13 0-1 2-4 3 1 4 1 12 2 0 0 2 26
13 Goss, Bria.......... g 6-12 2-5 1-2 0 0 0 2 15 2 3 0 1 20
24 Smith, Amber........ g 0-4 0-3 0-1 1 1 2 2 0 1 4 0 0 29
32 Evans, Kastine...... g 1-5 0-3 0-0 3 0 3 2 2 0 0 0 1 20
03 Riley, Crystal...... 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 4
04 Snowden, Keyla...... 0-5 0-3 3-4 0 0 0 0 3 0 2 0 0 11
10 Pinkett, Bernisha... 4-9 2-4 0-0 0 0 0 1 10 0 4 0 0 17
20 Conwright, Maegan... 0-3 0-0 2-2 1 1 2 1 2 0 2 0 1 14
23 Walker, Samarie..... 3-6 0-0 0-0 2 2 4 4 6 0 4 1 1 23
25 Ali, Bra'Shey....... 2-2 0-0 0-0 2 0 2 1 4 0 0 0 0 13
31 Drake, Samantha..... 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 5
50 Bishop, Azia........ 0-2 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 4 0 0 1 1 3 14
TEAM................ 5 1 6
Totals.............. 21-63 4-19 8-13 18 9 27 21 54 6 20 2 9 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 10-33 30.3% 2nd Half: 11-30 36.7% Game: 33.3% DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 1-10 10.0% 2nd Half: 3-9 33.3% Game: 21.1% REBS
F Throw % 1st Half: 7-11 63.6% 2nd Half: 1-2 50.0% Game: 61.5% 3

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HOME TEAM: TENNESSEE 18-7, 9-3
TOT-FG 3-PT REBOUNDS
## Player Name FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF TP A TO BLK S MIN
25 Johnson, Glory...... f 4-5 0-0 2-4 2 5 7 3 10 0 2 2 1 20
40 Stricklen, Shekinna. f 8-12 0-1 2-2 1 5 6 2 18 3 1 2 0 25
05 Massengale, Ariel... g 2-2 1-1 2-2 0 1 1 0 7 7 6 0 0 23
10 Simmons, Meighan.... g 10-17 3-5 2-2 1 1 2 1 25 3 4 1 2 35
13 Spani, Taber........ g 2-6 1-3 1-2 2 1 3 0 6 2 0 1 1 22
01 Bass, Briana........ 1-3 1-3 1-2 0 0 0 1 4 3 2 0 0 17
04 Williams, Kamiko.... 3-5 0-0 0-0 3 2 5 2 6 1 0 2 2 17
11 Burdick, Cierra..... 1-4 0-0 0-0 1 4 5 1 2 3 2 0 0 10
15 Manning, Alicia..... 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 6
20 Harrison, Isabelle.. 1-2 0-0 3-6 2 1 3 0 5 0 1 0 0 6
21 Baugh, Vicki........ 4-5 0-0 0-1 4 3 7 2 8 0 1 0 0 19
TEAM................ 3 3 6
Totals.............. 36-61 6-13 13-21 19 26 45 12 91 22 19 8 7 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 18-30 60.0% 2nd Half: 18-31 58.1% Game: 59.0% DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 3-7 42.9% 2nd Half: 3-6 50.0% Game: 46.2% REBS
F Throw % 1st Half: 7-9 77.8% 2nd Half: 6-12 50.0% Game: 61.9% 5

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Officials: Lisa Mattingly, Dee Kantner, Scott Yarbrough
Technical fouls: Kentucky-None. TENNESSEE-JOHNSON, Glory.
Attendance: 14807
Score by Periods 1st 2nd Total
Kentucky...................... 28 26 - 54
TENNESSEE..................... 46 45 - 91

Points in the paint-UK2 28,UT 42. Points off turnovers-UK2 15,UT 32.
2nd chance points-UK2 17,UT 22. Fast break points-UK2 4,UT 22.
Bench points-UK2 25,UT 25. Score tied-0 times. Lead changed-0 times.
Last FG-UK2 2nd-01:32, UT 2nd-00:43.
Largest lead-UK2 None, UT by 40 2nd-04:37.


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  • by Glenda Location: United States on Feb 14, 2012 at 09:22 PM
    It was so good to watch Simmons play with such passion like she was loving every minute of it. She seemed to light a fire under the rest of the team. I'm sure Johnson was thankful for Simmons to step up and partner with her. Johnson always plays with all she has--thank you Glory Johnson.

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