19-0 Run Keys Lady Vols' Rally In 77-65 Win

Saturday, March 08, 2014 - by Jason Yellin
DULUTH, Ga. -- Isabelle Harrison scored 21 points, Meighan Simmons and Bashaara Graves each added 14 and No. 6 Tennessee used an overpowering late run to beat LSU 77-65 in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference tournament on Friday night.

The second-seeded Lady Vols (25-5) have won five straight and 11 of 12.
Tennessee will face the Texas A&M-Auburn winner in the semifinals.

Theresa Plaisance finished with 21 points and Danielle Ballard scored 15 for LSU (19-12). The Lady Tigers, seeded 10th, have lost seven of eight.

Tennessee's 19-0 run late in the second half made it 70-55 lead on Simmons' two free throws, but the game's first 35 minutes were tough on the fifth-leading scorer in school history.

Simmons, who had averaged over 22 points in the previous three games, was just 3 for 16 from the field before her reverse layup from the baseline ended a fast break to force a 55-all tie.

Harrison followed with a runner over Plaisance to make it 57-55 and give the Lady Vols their first lead since 4-3 and bring the large contingent of cheering Tennessee fans to their feet at the Gwinnett Arena.

With 12 rebounds, Harrison recorded her 16th double-double this season. Tennessee finished second in the SEC regular season to No. 5 and top-seeded South Carolina, a 67-48 winner over Georgia.

Trailing 4-0, LSU went on a 27-8 run, ending with Jeanne Kenney's third 3-pointer, to take a 15-point lead with 9:29 left in the first half. Plaisance had 14 points to help the Lady Tigers take a 34-22 lead, but Tennessee closed to within six at halftime.

The Lady Vols chipped away at the lead before Cierra Burdick's layup forced a 43-all tie.

LSU coach Nikki Caldwell called timeout to try and settle down her team, and Plaisance followed with a 15-footer on the ensuing possession and a straightaway 3 that made it 48-43 with 11:54 remaining.

But the Lady Tigers couldn't overcome getting outscored 52-18 in the paint and 25-5 on turnovers.

LSU also struggled with inconsistent shooting. After beginning the game 10 for 16, the Lady Tigers missed 27 of their next 37 shots.

Burdick had 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Official Basketball Box Score
LSU vs Tennessee
03/07/14 6:00 pm at The Arena at Gwinnett Center-Duluth, GA

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VISITORS: LSU 19-12
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
21 Mckinney, Shanece... f  1-3    0-0    0-0    4  3  7   3   2  0  1  3  0  21
55 Plaisance, Theresa.. f  9-21   3-6    0-0    1  3  4   5  21  0  1  1  1  34
05 Kenney, Jeanne...... g  4-11   3-9    2-2    0  4  4   1  13  3  7  0  1  38
24 Harden, Dashawn..... g  2-8    2-4    1-1    1  1  2   4   7  1  1  0  2  35
32 Ballard, Danielle... g  5-11   0-0    5-9    5  3  8   2  15  7  6  0  1  30
04 Pedersen, Anne......    0-1    0-1    2-2    0  0  0   1   2  0  1  0  0  14
10 Rhodes, Jasmine.....    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   1
11 Moncrief, Raigyne...    1-4    0-0    3-6    0  1  1   5   5  2  1  2  0  17
13 Hill, Rina..........    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  1  0  0   2
42 Boykin, Sheila......    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  2  2   1   0  0  1  0  0   8
   TEAM................                         1  1  2
   Totals..............   22-59   8-20  13-20  12 18 30  22  65 13 20  6  5 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 13-28 46.4%   2nd Half:  9-31 29.0%   Game: 37.3%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  7-14 50.0%   2nd Half:  1-6  16.7%   Game: 40.0%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  1-3  33.3%   2nd Half: 12-17 70.6%   Game: 65.0%   2,1

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HOME TEAM: Tennessee 25-5
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
11 Burdick, Cierra..... f  3-9    0-0    4-4    2  9 11   5  10  2  3  0  0  31
12 Graves, Bashaara.... f  3-6    0-0    8-11   5  4  9   1  14  1  4  0  1  34
20 Harrison, Isabelle.. c 10-15   0-0    1-2    6  6 12   3  21  0  5  1  2  27
10 Simmons, Meighan.... g  5-19   0-3    4-5    0  1  1   2  14  1  1  0  2  34
14 Carter, Andraya..... g  4-11   0-4    2-2    3  2  5   3  10  0  4  0  1  33
00 Reynolds, Jordan....    2-5    0-1    2-2    0  3  3   2   6  3  1  2  3  22
01 Moore, Nia..........    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   1
02 Jones, Jasmine......    0-0    0-0    0-0    2  2  4   1   0  0  0  0  0   5
21 Russell, Mercedes...    1-1    0-0    0-0    1  0  1   0   2  0  1  1  1  13
   TEAM................                         2     2
   Totals..............   28-66   0-8   21-26  21 27 48  17  77  7 19  4 10 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 12-35 34.3%   2nd Half: 16-31 51.6%   Game: 42.4%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  0-5   0.0%   2nd Half:  0-3   0.0%   Game:  0.0%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  4-6  66.7%   2nd Half: 17-20 85.0%   Game: 80.8%   3,3
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Officials: Beverly Roberts, Kelly Johnson, Eric Koch
Technical fouls: LSU-None. Tennessee-None.
Attendance:
Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
LSU...........................   34   31  -   65
Tennessee.....................   28   49  -   77
Alt-Pualani Spurlock

Points in the paint-LSU 18,UT 52. Points off turnovers-LSU 5,UT 25.
2nd chance points-LSU 6,UT 17. Fast break points-LSU 0,UT 8.
Bench points-LSU 7,UT 8. Score tied-2 times. Lead changed-2 times.
Last FG-LSU 2nd-01:22, UT 2nd-03:39.
Largest lead-LSU by 15 1st-09:29, UT by 15 2nd-03:25.

THE SERIES & THE WIN

  1.  Friday's game marked the 59th all-time meeting between the two programs.
  2.  With the win, Tennessee moves to 46-13 in the all-time series against LSU, and 2-1 against the Tigers this season.
  3.  When playing at neutral sites, UT is 12-4 vs. the Tigers.
  4.  In the SEC Tournament, the Lady Vols are 9-4 against LSU.

FOR STARTERS

  5.  Today's starters: junior Cierra Burdick, sophomore Bashaara Graves, junior Isabelle Harrison, redshirt freshman Andraya Carter and senior Meighan Simmons.
  6.  It was the 11th-straight game Tennessee has utilized the lineup, and the Lady Vols are now 10-1 with the quintet.
  7.  Tennessee won the tip for the 27th time this season.
  8.  Graves scored the Lady Vols' first basket with a free throw. It's the fourth time this season that the sophomore has scored UT's first points.
  9.  Jasmine Jones was first off the bench for Tennessee, the 12th time this season the sophomore has been called upon first.
  10. Junior point guard Ariel Massengale was on the bench. She suffered a facial injury during that game and missed Texas A&M (Jan. 26), Arkansas (Jan. 30), Alabama (Feb. 2), Ole Miss (Feb. 6) and Vanderbilt (Feb. 10). She was on the bench, but did not play against Kentucky (Feb. 16), Auburn (Feb. 20) and South Carolina (March 2). She also missed at the Missouri (Feb. 23) and LSU (Feb. 27) away games.

TOURNAMENT TIME FOR TENNESSEE

  11. Tennessee now has a 71-18 all-time record in the SEC Tournament.
  12. Tennessee is 6-2 all-time in games played at Gwinnett Center.

25-WIN SEASON

  13. With the win, Tennessee is now 25-5, earning its fifth-straight 25-win season and 34th overall.
  14. It marks the second 25-victory campaign by head coach Holly Warlick.

CINDY NOBLE HAUSERMAN HONORED AS 2014 SEC LEGEND

  15. Prior to tipoff, former Lady Vol Cindy Noble Hauserman was honored as one of this year's SEC Legends.
  16. Noble Hauserman averaged 15.2 points and 7.1 rebounds per game as a three-year starter, helping UT to three AIAW Final Fours and two runner-up finishes.
  17. She started alongside current Lady Vol head coach Holly Warlick on a UT squad that won the first-ever SEC Championship and the inaugural SEC Tournament Championship in 1980.

COMEBACK KIDS

  18. Tennessee trailed by as many as 15 points, 27-12, with 9:29 remaining in the first half, tying the biggest comeback for the team this season (also 15 to Alabama on the road).
  19. UT tied it up, 43-43, with 12:36 left in the game. The Lady Vols took back the lead with 5:56 remaining, thanks to a bucket from Harrison to go up 57-55.
  20. It is the fifth come-from-behind win for Tennessee this year. UT trailed by: 15 at Alabama; 14 at MTSU; 10 to Virginia; 8 to Arkansas.
  21. The Lady Vols went on a 16-0 run over four minutes and 24 seconds in the second half to go up 68-55 on LSU.

HARRISON TIES UP THE TIGERS

  22. With Isabelle Harrison's single block, she moves into a tie for 10th on UT's all-time career blocks chart, tying Abby Conklin (102, 1994-97).
  23. Harrison notched her 27th game this season, and 46th of her career scoring in double digits as she finished with 21 points.
  24. The Nashville native also pulled down 12 boards, recording her 16th double-double this season, and 22nd of her career.
  25. Her 16 double-doubles tie Chamique Holdsclaw as the most all-time by a Tennessee junior.
  26. Her 22 career double-doubles are tied for eighth on UT's all-time double-double chart.

TENNESSEE DEFENSE

  27. Tennessee outrebounded LSU, 48-30, with Harrison leading all players in the game with 12 boards.
  28. The Lady Vols forced 20 turnovers, notching 25 points off the Tiger miscues. LSU had just five points off turnovers

PAINTING THE TOWN ORANGE

  29. Tennessee outscored the Tigers, 52-18 in points in the paint.
  30. It is the fourth-most points in the paint total for UT following: 66 against Lipscomb; 56 vs. Troy; 54 against Tennessee State.

DRY BEYOND THE ARC

  31. Tennessee finished 0-8 in 3-pointers, marking the first time since Dec. 11, 2011, that UT did not make a basket beyond the arc.

HITTING DOUBLE FIGURES

  32. The Lady Vols had five players in double figures: Isabelle Harrison (21), Bashaara Graves (14), Meighan Simmons(14),Cierra Burdick (10) and Andraya Carter (10).
  33. Tennessee has had three or more players score in double digits in 29 of its 30 games.

AT THE HALF

  34. Tennessee trailed 34-28 at the halfway point, marking just the sixth time this season UT has trailed at the half.
  35. Harrison led the team with 10 points.
  36. UT outrebounded LSU, 26-12, in the first 20 minutes of action with Burdick leading all players in the game with seven boards.
  37. UT shot 35.3 percent (12-34) compared to LSU's 46.4 percent (13-28) in the opening half.
  38. Tennessee outscored the Tigers in the paint, 24-6.

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