Lady Vols head to SEC Women's Tourney as the 2nd Seed

Notes…

-Now that the Southeastern Conference regular season is over, the Lady Vols know that they will face the winner of the Florida/South Carolina game at 3:30 ET on Friday in the SEC Tournament.

-Tennessee has finished in first or second place in the SEC regular-season race for 17 straight years, dating back to the 1992 season.

-Tennessee started out 0-for-4 from the free throw line before Candace Parker made the second of two free throw attempts.

-The Lady Vols’ 26 first-half points were their fewest in an opening period this season and UT trailed at halftime for just the second time all season (previously behind 33-40 at the half at Mississippi State on Feb. 7).

-Tennessee made a three-pointer for the 331st straight game, despite not making one in the first half for just the second time all season (0-3 in first half tonight and at Kentucky on Jan. 17).

-Tennessee held Tasha Humphrey without a point for the first 13 minutes of the second half.

-The Lady Vols shot a season-worst 40.0% (8-20) from the free throw line.

The win tonight…

-Improves the Lady Vols to 27-2 on the season and 13-1 in the SEC

-Gives UT a 39-14 lead in the all-time series with Georgia, including a seven-game winning streak. No one on the Tennessee team has ever lost to Georgia.

-Gives UT a 392-150 all-time record against ranked opponents, including a 12-2 mark this season.

-Gives UT a 394-59 all-time record against teams in the SEC, including a 265-34 mark in league play.

-Gives UT an SEC road-winning streak of 17 games.

-Gives Pat Summitt a career record of 974-182 in her 34th season at UT

Candace Parker…

-Started for the 100th time in her career

-Scored in double figures for the 35th straight time & the 96th time of her career.

-Scored 20+ points in a game for the 15th time this season & the 42nd time in her career.

-Scored 30+ points in a game for the second time this season & the seventh time in her career.

-Moved past Semeka Randall (1,915) and into fifth place in the UT scoring list (1,930). Needs just 70 points to become the fourth Lady Vol in program history with 2,000 career points (Chamique Holdsclaw 3,025; Bridgette Gordon 2,462; Tamika Catchings 2,113).

-Moved past Shanna Zolman (1,308) and into eighth place in the UT record books for career field goals attempted (1,330).

Alexis Hornbuckle…

-Started for the 110th time in her career, tying her for ninth place with Mary Ostrowski for career starts at UT.

-Moved past Teresa Edwards (342, Georgia 1982-86) and into seventh place the SEC record books for career thefts (344)

-Has now recorded at least 100 assists in four straight seasons.

Nicky Anosike…

-Played in the 137th game of her career, moving her into 13th place for games played at UT (Anosike has never missed a game in her collegiate career).

-Grabbed double digit rebounds in back-to-back games for the second time in her career.

Shannon Bobbitt…

-Moved past Abby Conklin (124) and into seventh place in the UT record books for career three-pointers (125).

-Scored in double figures for the 12th time this season and the 28th time of her career

-Responsible for eight straight unanswered points in 48 seconds after making a three-pointer, a layup and a free throw, getting a steal and dishing it off to Vicki Baugh for another two points.

Story Courtesy: UT Lady Vols Sports Information

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Candace Parker scored 30 points in her final regular-season game and No. 3 Tennessee beat No. 22 Georgia 72-63 on Sunday night.

Parker had a scoring high for a Southeastern Conference game this season and finished four points below her career high. She scored 13 of the Lady Vols' first 15 points in the second half.

Shannon Bobbitt added 15 points for Tennessee (27-2 overall, 13-1 SEC), which closed the regular season with five straight wins to finish second in the conference. The Lady Vols have seven straight wins over Georgia, including a two-game sweep this season.

Georgia (21-8, 8-6) fell to fifth in the SEC, forcing the Lady Bulldogs to play a first-round game against Alabama on Thursday night in the SEC tournament in Nashville. Georgia would have earned a first-round bye in the conference tournament by beating Tennessee.

Christy Marshall led Georgia with 15 points. Tasha Humphrey had 13 and Megan Darrah added 10.

After Alberta Auguste opened the second half with an inside basket, Parker took over by scoring 13 straight Tennessee points.

Parker had 25 of Tennessee's first 41 points before Bobbitt's 3-pointer ended Parker's run of monopolizing the Lady Vols' points.

Georgia led 29-26 at halftime and remained close through the first 10 minutes of the second half, when there were four ties. Bobbitt's 3-pointer sparked a 15-5 run that gave Tennessee a 56-44 lead.

Tennessee's biggest lead was 13 points at 60-47, but Georgia answered with a 12-4 run, capped by Humphrey's 3-pointer with 3:29 left, to cut the lead to 64-59.

Story Courtesy: AP Wire Reports


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