Spani, Simmons Motor UT Past Vandy, 83-75

Thursday, January 24, 2013


NASHVILLE, Tenn.

- Meighan Simmons and Taber Spani combined for 47 points, Tennessee's guards went 10-for-10 at the line in the final minute and the Lady Vols withstood Vanderbilt's second-half surge to take an 83-75 win Thursday night at Memorial Gymnasium.

Spani scored 24 points and Simmons added 23 points a day before her birthday as Tennessee (15-3, 6-0 SEC) remained undefeated in conference play. Spani was big in the first half with 15 points and Simmons' intensity helped squash Vandy's second-half runs.

The Lady Vols enjoyed a 46-43 rebounding edge and had good production from their bigs. Bashaara Graves had 16 points and eight boards and Isabelle Harrison chipped in with eight points and nine rebounds.

Christina Foggie led Vanderbilt (13-6, 3-3 SEC) with 22 points but fouled out with 41.3 seconds left in the game. Tiffany Clarke had 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Commodores.

In the final five minutes, Tennessee committed to working the paint to match the Commodores' continued drives inside. Graves and Harrison combined for eight straight points before Spani, Simmons and Ariel Massengale made 10 straight free throws to ice the game. The Lady Vols would not let Vanderbilt draw any closer than five points the rest of the way.

Midway through the second half, UT and Vanderbilt played up-tempo basketball, exchanging mini scoring runs. One moment, Tennessee would have a 10-point lead; the next, Vandy would claw to within five points. With the Lady Vols up 61-56 at 8:24, Meighan Simmons drained two free throws and hit a mid-range jumper to answer a persistent Vandy attack.

Graves came up big early in the second half to help Tennessee shake off a cold streak of shooting. She corralled a high entry pass and made a layup to reestablish UT's lead at 43-41 with 15:07 on the clock. Her positioning for a defensive rebound on Vandy's next possession allowed UT to push the ball forward. Simmons made two free throws after getting fouled on a drive and swished home a trey two possessions later to push Tennessee's lead to 48-41.

Vanderbilt stormed out of halftime with a 12-0 run. A pair of layups by Christina Foggie and a free throw and fastbreak score by Clarke pulled the Commodores to within 41-36 and a Tennessee timeout at 17:40. After the timeout, Clarke made another layup and Jasmine Lister hit a 3-pointer to knot the game at 41-41 with 16:09 left.

With 8:15 remaining in the first half, a 9-2 Vanderbilt run brought the Commodores to within six points at 27-21. A layup by Harrison launched a 14-8 Tennessee run to close out the half ahead, 41-29. Taber Spani scored nine of her 15-first half points in the final eight minutes, including a trey with 1:50 remaining to give UT a 15-point advantage.

UT's defense stymied Vanderbilt to just 26.3 percent shooting before halftime (10-of-38). The Lady Vols shot 45.9 percent from the floor (17-of-37) and owned a 29-21 edge on the boards before the break. Spani led the team with 15 first-half points and was 3-of-4 from downtown. Simmons had 10 points, four boards and three assists and Graves and Harrison combined for 11 rebounds.

Tennessee never trailed in the game, but Vanderbilt remained close through the first four minutes of play. The Lady Vols led the Commodores, 7-6, at the 16:32 mark, but a 3-pointer by Simmons sparked an 18-8 run that gave UT a 25-14 advantage by the second media timeout.

The Lady Vols will return to Thompson-Boling Arena on Monday, Jan. 28, to host No. 2/3 Notre Dame at 7 p.m. The game is part of the ESPN Big Monday Presented by Bud Light and will be broadcast on ESPN2. Tennessee will honor Hall of Famer and Lady Vol Head Coach Emeritus Pat Summitt with a banner hoisted high above the basketball court that bears her name. 


 

 


Official Basketball Box Score Tennessee vs Vanderbilt 01/24/13 8:05 p.m. at Nashville, Tenn. (Memorial Gymnasium) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- VISITORS: Tennessee 16-3, 7-0 SEC TOT-FG 3-PT REBOUNDS ## Player Name FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF TP A TO BLK S MIN 12 Graves, Bashaara.... f 6-11 0-0 4-7 3 5 8 3 16 1 0 0 0 33 13 Spani, Taber........ f 8-14 3-5 5-5 3 3 6 1 24 1 0 0 1 37 20 Harrison, Isabelle.. c 3-7 0-0 2-5 2 7 9 2 8 2 3 1 0 26 05 Massengale, Ariel... g 0-4 0-0 6-6 0 5 5 4 6 6 3 0 0 32 10 Simmons, Meighan.... g 7-18 3-5 6-6 2 3 5 4 23 3 5 0 0 38 02 Jones, Jasmine...... 0-2 0-0 0-0 1 6 7 0 0 0 2 0 1 16 04 Williams, Kamiko.... 3-4 0-1 0-0 2 1 3 2 6 1 1 0 0 18 TEAM................ 1 2 3 Totals.............. 27-60 6-11 23-29 14 32 46 16 83 14 14 1 2 200 TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 17-38 44.7% 2nd Half: 10-22 45.5% Game: 45.0% DEADB 3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 5-8 62.5% 2nd Half: 1-3 33.3% Game: 54.5% REBS F Throw % 1st Half: 2-6 33.3% 2nd Half: 21-23 91.3% Game: 79.3% 2 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- HOME TEAM: Vanderbilt 13-6, 3-3 SEC TOT-FG 3-PT REBOUNDS ## Player Name FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF TP A TO BLK S MIN 34 CLARKE, Tiffany..... f 7-14 0-0 5-7 5 5 10 4 19 1 1 3 1 26 05 SCHRANN, Kady....... g 6-16 2-4 0-0 4 1 5 2 14 1 1 0 0 38 10 FOGGIE, Christina... g 8-20 1-9 5-6 2 4 6 5 22 3 0 1 3 36 11 LISTER, Jasmine..... g 3-13 2-7 1-2 2 3 5 2 9 4 4 0 1 40 30 BROWN, Elan......... g 2-9 0-2 3-4 4 3 7 5 7 6 0 3 0 38 03 BOWE, Heather....... 2-6 0-0 0-0 3 3 6 3 4 0 0 1 1 16 25 BATEY, Morgan....... 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 32 SMITH, Gabby........ 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 TEAM................ 1 2 3 Totals.............. 28-79 5-23 14-19 21 22 43 22 75 16 6 8 6 200 TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 10-39 25.6% 2nd Half: 18-40 45.0% Game: 35.4% DEADB 3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 2-12 16.7% 2nd Half: 3-11 27.3% Game: 21.7% REBS F Throw % 1st Half: 7-9 77.8% 2nd Half: 7-10 70.0% Game: 73.7% 3,1 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Officials: Bob Trammell, Billy Smith & Amy Bonner Technical fouls: Tennessee-None. Vanderbilt-None. Attendance: 10154 Score by Periods 1st 2nd Total Tennessee..................... 41 42 - 83 Vanderbilt.................... 29 46 - 75 Points in the paint-UT 32,VANDY 38. Points off turnovers-UT 8,VANDY 17. 2nd chance points-UT 16,VANDY 17. Fast break points-UT 8,VANDY 4. Bench points-UT 6,VANDY 4. Score tied-2 times. Lead changed-0 times. Last FG-UT 2nd-04:51, VANDY 2nd-00:06. Largest lead-UT by 15 1st-01:50, VANDY None.



UTC is No.13 in This Week's Football Poll

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team moved up a spot in the national polls, despite dropping a tough 20-16 battle at Central Michigan last week.  The Mocs are No. 13 in the Sports Network Top-25 and No. 15 in the FCS Coaches Poll this week.  The No. 13 national mark ties the highest ranking for UTC in the Russ Huesman era (since ... (click for more)

PHOTOS: Lookouts Celebrate Winning Second-Half Title

Four weeks ago, no one would have expected the Lookouts would be even close to winning the second-half title. An 11-game winning streak put them into the race and when they swept the Tennessee Smokies Sunday they had concluded an incredible comeback. The Smokies were still in a position to win before Chris O'Brien's pinch-hit triple plated Corey Seager and O'Koyea Dickson with ... (click for more)

Bradley, 24, Charged In Death Of Boy, 3; Child Had Numerous Injuries After Left With Boyfriend; Mother Was In Workhouse

Justin Dale Bradley has been charged with criminal homicide in the death of a three-year-old child, who was rushed to the hospital on Wednesday and later died. Police said Dakota James Arndt had numerous injuries over his body. Authorities said Bradley, 24, is the boyfriend of the child's mother, Brianna Kwekel, who was in the Workhouse at the time. Ms. Kwekel was serving 48 ... (click for more)

Helen Burns Sharp Asks Recovery Of Legal Fees In Successful Black Creek TIF Lawsuit

Helen Burns Sharp, citizen activist who sued to try to stop a $9 million Black Creek Tax Increment Financing (TIF) and won, is seeking to have her legal expenses paid by the city and the developers. Ms. Sharp said in a court filing that her legal bills to attorney John Konvalinka are $74,427 thus far. Chancellor Frank Brown ruled in favor of Ms. Sharp, saying the Sunshine ... (click for more)

Decimating The Chattanooga Public Library

Corinne Hill claims that the library is just undergoing a normal weeding process for eliminating books.  She has bragged that she's responsible for the elimination of over 100,000 books - with more to go. "Normal" weeding is not rampant throwing away.  Yes, books go to the Friends for their sale - where they get $2 for a $75 book and thousands wind up being recycled ... (click for more)

The Many Lessons I Learned From Helen McDonald Exum

Helen McDonald Exum was my friend and mentor. As I think of her passing I can only imagine the celebration that is happening in heaven as the news of her arrival is being told. I am sure that there is a party that not only has she organized but that there is not a detail that has been left to chance. I am sure that it is the grandest of events, for you see, she has been planing ... (click for more)