Lady Vol guard Massengale picks up SEC honors

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (release) -- After breaking the Lady Vol record for rookie assists on Jan. 15, Tennessee guard Ariel Massengale was tabbed for the SEC Women's Basketball Co-Freshmen of the Week honor Monday.

Massengale shared her achievement with LSU freshman forward Krystal Forthan. The Lady Tigers will be UT’s next opponent on Thurs., Jan. 19 in Thompson-Boling Arena at 7 p.m. (CSS).

In two games against ranked SEC opponents last week, Massengale averaged 6.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg and 8.5 apg, while playing 35.53 mpg in the team’s split with a loss at #9/8 Kentucky (61-60) and a win over #25/24 Vanderbilt (87-64).

Against Kentucky on Thursday, the 5-9 freshman from Bolingbrook, Ill., added six points, four rebounds and dished five assists.

Massengale had her “assistfest” against Vanderbilt on Sunday dishing out 12 scoring passes while adding six points, two rebounds and a couple of steals. The dozen helpers against the Commodores breaks the previous mark set by Meighan Simmons (11 assists vs. Alabama 1/6/11).

Her 12 assists also tied for the fifth-most in UT history with current associate head coach Holly Warlick who had 12 assists against Clemson in 1980. Earlier this season, Massengale had two nine-assist performances.

Previously, Massengale was tabbed as the SEC Freshman of the Week on Dec. 5 and joins UT grad student Glory Johnson for dual Lady Vol conference honors. Johnson was named as the SEC Player of the Week on both Jan. 2 and 9.

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