No. 8 Lady Vols down Auburn, 82-61

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (release) -- No. 8 Tennessee started a new homecourt conference win streak on Sunday afternoon with an 82-61 victory over Auburn. Glory Johnson and Ariel Massengale led all scorers with 14 points each.Johnson also grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds and had four blocks for her ninth double-double of the season, while Massengale added four assists.

Shekinna Stricklen posted a double-double as well, her third of the season and first since Nov. 27 against Baylor, with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

UT moves to 17-6 overall and 8-2 in the SEC while Auburn lost for the fourth time in five games and fell to 11-13 and 3-8 in the league. Tennessee has won 14 games in a row at home vs. Auburn, dating to 1989.

After trailing very early in the game, Tennessee made easy work of Auburn, pulling away in the second half. A layup by Vicki Baugh with 4:05 left in the first half gave the Lady Vols their first double-figure lead of the afternoon (38-27) and they continued to hold a margin of at least eight for the remainder of the game.

Five consecutive points by Massengale gave UT a 56-39 lead with 13:24 left in the game. That was Tennessee's largest lead to that point. Auburn cut the deficit to 11 at 58-47 on a lay-up by Morgan Jennings with 9:57 left, but Massengale answered with her own hoop with 9:30 left in the game.

Hasina Muhammad's lay-up with 6:53 left cut the Auburn deficit to eight at 61-53 but Meighan Simmons came right back to regain a 10-point and Johnson's putback expanded the lead back to 12 at 65-53. A Lady Vols' 11-0 run late in the game put the contest out of reach. Stricklen's lay-up off a feed from Massengale ballooned UT's lead to 72-53 with 4:27 left.

A Taber Spani 3-pointer with 5:00 left in the first half gave the Lady Vols a 34-25 lead. Tennessee continued to pull away as the Lady Vols took a 44-31 lead into halftime on an Massengale lay-up with 1:45 left in the half.

Auburn held an advantage as large as five points early on, but Tennessee took the lead for good at 16-14 on an Alicia Manning lay-up with 13:54 left in the first half. A jumper by Spani with 12:15 left finished a 7-0 run for the Lady Vols and gave them an 18-14 lead.
The Lady Vols had their 28-game home SEC win streak come to an end on Thursday night as South Carolina rallied late to beat UT, 64-60. In that game, Tennessee did not record a steal. Against Auburn, the Lady Vols came away with 13 thefts.

The Lady Vols head to Vanderbilt for a Thursday night game at 9 p.m. ET. That game will air on CSS and can be heard on the Lady Vol Network.

Official Basketball Box ScoreAuburn vs TENNESSEE
02/05/12 2:05 p.m. at Thompson-Boling Arena, Knoxville, Tenn.

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VISITORS: Auburn 11-13, 3-8
TOT-FG 3-PT REBOUNDS
## Player Name FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF TP A TO BLK S MIN
14 Alverson, Blanche... f 2-9 1-4 2-2 1 6 7 1 7 2 2 2 2 28
23 Hilliard, Chantel... f 2-7 0-0 0-0 2 2 4 4 4 1 2 2 1 20
32 Tanner, Tyrese...... f 5-10 0-1 1-3 0 0 0 5 11 2 3 0 1 24
03 Ouardad, Najat...... g 1-3 0-1 2-2 0 4 4 4 4 1 6 0 1 28
22 Glymph, Camille..... g 4-11 3-5 2-2 1 2 3 2 13 0 2 0 0 31
00 Muhammad, Hasina.... 5-11 0-1 0-0 0 4 4 1 10 0 2 0 0 15
02 Jennings, Morgan.... 3-3 0-0 2-5 2 0 2 0 8 3 3 0 0 20
04 Simmons, Parrisha... 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 2 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 12
20 West, Pascale....... 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
25 Williams, Jassany... 1-3 0-0 1-2 1 2 3 2 3 2 1 3 0 14
34 Davis, Peyton....... 0-1 0-0 1-2 2 1 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 5
TEAM................ 4 4 8 2
Totals.............. 23-58 4-12 11-18 14 28 42 21 61 11 23 7 5 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 13-31 41.9% 2nd Half: 10-27 37.0% Game: 39.7% DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 3-8 37.5% 2nd Half: 1-4 25.0% Game: 33.3% REBS
F Throw % 1st Half: 2-2 100 % 2nd Half: 9-16 56.3% Game: 61.1% 2

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HOME TEAM: TENNESSEE 17-6, 8-2
TOT-FG 3-PT REBOUNDS
## Player Name FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF TP A TO BLK S MIN
15 Manning, Alicia..... f 2-6 0-0 0-0 2 1 3 0 4 1 1 0 0 11
25 Johnson, Glory...... f 6-7 0-0 2-6 1 10 11 1 14 3 0 4 1 35
40 Stricklen, Shekinna. f 4-14 0-4 3-5 4 6 10 4 11 2 3 1 3 27
05 Massengale, Ariel... g 6-11 1-1 1-2 1 4 5 2 14 4 3 0 4 29
10 Simmons, Meighan.... g 6-9 1-3 0-1 0 1 1 2 13 1 2 0 2 22
01 Bass, Briana........ 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 11
04 Williams, Kamiko.... 2-5 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 2 4 2 1 0 0 18
11 Burdick, Cierra..... 1-3 0-0 2-2 0 0 0 3 4 0 1 0 0 7
13 Spani, Taber........ 3-7 1-3 2-2 0 2 2 1 9 0 0 0 1 21
20 Harrison, Isabelle.. 1-3 0-0 3-3 2 2 4 2 5 0 0 1 0 8
21 Baugh, Vicki........ 1-2 0-0 2-2 1 0 1 0 4 1 0 1 0 11
TEAM................ 1 1
Totals.............. 32-68 3-13 15-23 13 26 39 18 82 15 11 7 13 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 17-38 44.7% 2nd Half: 15-30 50.0% Game: 47.1% DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 2-11 18.2% 2nd Half: 1-2 50.0% Game: 23.1% REBS
F Throw % 1st Half: 8-12 66.7% 2nd Half: 7-11 63.6% Game: 65.2% 3

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Officials: Jennifer Rezac, Frank Steratore, Charlie Hust
Technical fouls: Auburn-None. TENNESSEE-None.
Attendance: 16361
Score by Periods 1st 2nd Total
Auburn........................ 31 30 - 61
TENNESSEE..................... 44 38 - 82
AU #32 fouls out at 4:52/2

Points in the paint-AU 28,UT 52. Points off turnovers-AU 2,UT 21.
2nd chance points-AU 14,UT 15. Fast break points-AU 4,UT 16.
Bench points-AU 22,UT 26. Score tied-4 times. Lead changed-2 times.
Last FG-AU 2nd-02:47, UT 2nd-00:15.
Largest lead-AU by 5 1st-17:08, UT by 21 2nd-00:42.


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