#3 Lady Vols Fall Short At #6/5 Stanford

Sunday, December 22, 2013
PALO ALTO, Calif. - The No. 3-ranked Tennessee Lady Vols rallied from a double-digit deficit late but could not complete the comeback in their first loss of the season, 76-70, to No. 6/5 Stanford on Saturday at Maples Pavilion.

Stanford (10-1) scored 13 unanswered points early in the game and stayed in front from there. Tennessee (10-1) cut that lead to just two points with a minute left at 70-68 before the Cardinal iced the game with free throw shooting.


Junior Ariel Massengale scored 17 points to lead the Lady Vols in the loss, thanks to 8-of-10 shooting from the free throw line. Sophomore Isabelle Harrison recorded her 10th career  double-double and fourth this season with 10 points and 13 rebounds.

Stanford's Chiney Ogwumike led all scorers with 32 points on 15 of 25 shooting. She also earned 20 - nearly half - of her team's 43 rebounds.

Stanford built a 70-59 lead with 4:32 left in the game on a pair of free throws by Mikaela Ruef, but the Lady Vols were not finished yet.

Tennessee went on a tear from that point, scoring nine unanswered points. Four different players scored during the 9-0 run, and redshirt freshman Andraya Carter hit a 3-pointer to cut the lead to 70-68 off a pass from Massengale with 1:03 left.

The Cardinal drained most of their shot clock and Amber Orrange completed a 3-point play to put Stanford ahead by 73-68 with 28 seconds left. Stanford hit three more free throws during the closing seconds to assure the victory.

Four Lady Vols finished with at least 10 points. In addition to Massengale and Harrison, senior Meighan Simmons added 15 points and sophomore Bashaara Graves finished with 14.

A 13-0 Stanford run early in the opening minutes ultimately spelled the difference in the game. Russell eventually drove in for a layup to end the streak for the Lady Vols, but by that time, Stanford led 13-6 with 14:35 on the clock and never trailed from there.

Stanford led by as many as 12 points in the half and took a 37-29 lead into halftime. Ogwumike scored 18 points on 9-of-12 shooting plus 11 rebounds to lead her team.

Taylor Greenfield hit a 3-pointer with four seconds left in the half to give the Cardinal a 37-29 lead heading into the locker rooms. Greenfield accounted for three of Stanford's four first-half 3-pointers, while the Lady Vols were held scoreless (0 for 6) from beyond the arc.

Tennessee kept the scoring pace thanks to a solid 9-of-11 performance from the free throw line. Stanford shot just two free throws in the first half, making one of them.

Graves and Harrison had eight points each at the half to lead the Lady Vols.

The Lady Vols started the second half by getting right back in the game. Massengale hit Tennessee's first 3-pointer of the game to cap a 7-0 UT run and cut the lead to 44-40 with 16:03 left in the game.

The Lady Vols finished the game shooting 24 of 67 from the field (36 percent), while Stanford was 28 of 66 (42 percent).  It marked the first time this season a team shot better than 38 percent against UT.

Tennessee's next game is Dec. 29 at home against in-state foe Lipscomb at 2 p.m.

UTC Men's Hoops: Brooks Savage, Alex Wharton Promoted

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.---The Chattanooga Mocs men’s basketball program is promoting two staffers, pending University approval, coach Will Wade announced Tuesday. Brooks Savage and Alex Wharton are moving into new roles in the wake of assistant coach Turner Battle leaving to take a similar position at UAB. Savage takes Battle’s place as a full-time assistant after ... (click for more)

Randy Smith: Vols Versus Gators Used To Be A Lot More Fun

This is Tennessee-Florida week. A few years ago when we reached this particular week on the schedule, I couldn't wait until game time. All week long I would analyze every position on the field and try to figure out who had the advantage. When the actual game started, turnovers or mistakes in the kicking game usually decided the victor, and most of the time it was the hated "swamp ... (click for more)

EPB Says Bottom Line Is It Owes City $17,049 For Street Light Billing; DePriest Says Figure Is Starting Point For Talks With City: EPB To Ask Dismissal Of "Frivolous" Lepard Lawsuit

EPB officials on Tuesday morning released a report by Mauldin & Jenkins, the independent accounting firm charged with analyzing the process errors that led to questions about billing for public street lights, that gives a bottom line figure that EPB owes the city of Chattanooga $17,049. Harold DePriest, EPB president, said that is a starting point for ongoing talks with the ... (click for more)

DA Sets Up Process To Review 120 Cold Cases Murders Dating Back 40 Years

District Attorney Neal Pinkston said at a morning press conference on Tuesday that he is setting up a process to review 120 cold case murders in Hamilton County dating back some 40 years. He said former city major crimes detective Mike Mathis will be working out of his office on the cases. He is familiar with most or all of the cases, it was stated. DA Pinkston said Sgt. Bill ... (click for more)

How To Reform The City Industrial Development Board - And Response (3)

My aims is to bring to the public’s attention the need for procedural changes that, if implemented, would significantly improve the information available the public, to the City Council and to the City Industrial Development Board about the verifiable benefits and costs of tax incentive financing structures and to make the entire process transparent. The public, the City ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: He Can Never Go Home

When Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston sparked top-ranked Florida State to a 56-41 comeback over N.C. State last Saturday, you would have thought the world had forgotten and virtually excused his vulgar rant from the week before. His inexcusable mid-week antics kept him sidelined during the Clemson game and brought down the nation’s scorn but less than a week later he was ... (click for more)