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2011-12 UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE LADY VOL BASKETBALL ROSTER NO. 1 4 5 10 11 13 15 20 21 25 40

NAME Briana Bass Kamiko Williams Ariel Massengale Meighan Simmons Cierra Burdick Taber Spani Alicia Manning Isabelle Harrison Vicki Baugh Glory Johnson Shekinna Stricklen

POS. PG G PG G F G F F-C F-C F G-F

HT. 5-2 5-11 5-6 5-9 6-2 6-1 6-1 6-3 6-4 6-3 6-2

COACHING STAFF Head Coach: Pat Summitt Associate Head Coach: Holly Warlick Assistants: Dean Lockwood & Mickie DeMoss Director of Character Development: Daedra Charles-Furlow Director of Basketball Operations: Kathy Harston Video Coordinator: Michael Fahey Graduate Assistant: Corinne Milien

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YR. SR JR FR SO FR JR SR FR GR GR SR ALPHABETICAL ROSTER BASS BAUGH BURDICK HARRISON JOHNSON MANNING MASSENGALE SIMMONS SPANI STRICKLEN WILLIAMS

HOMETOWN/HIGH SCHOOL Indianapolis, Ind./North Central HS Clarksville, Tenn./Northeast HS Bolingbrook, Ill./Bolingbrook HS Cibolo, Texas/Byron P. Steele HS Charlotte, N.C./Butler HS Lee’s Summit, Mo./Home Schooled Woodstock, Ga./Etowah HS Nashville, Tenn./Hillsboro HS Sacramento, Calif./ Sacramento HS Knoxville, Tenn./Webb School Morrilton, Ark./Morrilton HS BY CLASS GRADUATES (2) BAUGH JOHNSON SENIORS (3) BASS MANNING STRICKLEN JUNIORS (2) SPANI WILLIAMS

SOPHOMORE (1) SIMMONS FRESHMEN (3) BURDICK HARRISON MASSENGALE


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MEDIA INFO

[2] 2 3 5 6 7 8

Quick Facts Media Policies Working in TBA Media Outlets Travel Plans & SIDs Spotting Chart

2011-12 OUTLOOK [9] 10 10 12

Season Outlook Returning Leaders Depth Chart

COACHES & STAFF [13]

Head Coach Pat Summitt Holly Warlick Dean Lockwood Mickie DeMoss Support Staff Managers

LADY VOLS

Briana Bass Vicki Baugh Glory Johnson Alicia Manning

14 20 22 23 24 28

[29] 30 32 34 36

Meighan Simmons Taber Spani Shekinna Stricklen Kamiko Williams Cierra Burdick Isabelle Harrison Ariel Massengale

OPPONENTS

38 40 42 44 46 47 48

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Pepperdine, Miami, UVa 50 Baylor, MTSU, Texas 51 DePaul, Rutgers, UCLA 52 Stanford, ODU, Auburn 53 UTC, Georgia, Arkansas 54 Kentucky, Vanderbilt, LSU 55 Notre Dame, Alabama, S.Carolina56 Miss. St., Ole Miss, Florida 57 Stats vs. Opponents 58

2010-11 REVIEW [61] Season Review Season Statistics Line Scores Box Scores and Recaps 2010-11 Superlatives

62 64 66 67 80

FACILITIES

[81]

THE NCAA

[89]

Thompson-Boling Arena Lady Vol Locker Room Pratt Pavillion Former Homes TBA Records Attendance Records Final Fours NCAA Statistics NCAA Results NCAA Notes NCAA Honors Returnees in NCAAs Championship Teams

THE SEC

82 83 84 85 86 87

90 92 93 94 95 97 99

[103]

SEC Quick Facts 104 2011 Final SEC Stats 106 UT Atop the SEC 107 SEC Tournament History 108 UT SEC Champions 109 SEC Honorees 111 SEC Tournament Records 112

HISTORY

[113]

All-TIme Lady Vols 114 The Early Years 116 All-Time Coaches 117 Lady Vol Honorees 118 Retired Numbers 120 Lady Vol Olympians 122 All-Americans 123 Lady Vols in Coaching 124 Hall of Fame 125 Summitt Inducted 126 WNBA Players 127 The Professional Ranks 129 All-Time Teams 130

RECORDS

[137]

Great Lady Vol Scorers Great Rebounders Scoring Records Field Goal Records Three-Point Records Free Throw Records Rebound Records Assist Records Block Records

138 144 145 146 147 148 149 150 151

Steal Records 152 Year-by-Year Leaders 153 Individual & Team Records 155 Opponent Records 156 Single-Game Records 157 Lady Vol Records 158 Records by Class 161 Records by Conference 163 AP Poll History 164 Records by Opponent 165 Year-by-Year Results 172

TENNESSEE

[180]

UT-Knoxville History of the Lady Vols Athletics Admininstration Lady Vol Traditions Lady Vol Hall of Fame The Definite Dozen

182 183 184 186 187 188


QUICK FACTS /// LADY VOLS TEAM INFORMATION

„ UT MEDIA RELATIONS

\ UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE FACTS LOCATION

KNOXVILLE, TENN.

FOUNDED

1794 AS BLOUNT COLLEGE

ENROLLMENT

27,523 DR. JOSEPH DIPIETRO

PRESIDENT CHANCELLOR

DR. JIMMY CHEEK

FACULTY ATHLETICS REPRESENTATIVE

DR. DAN MURPHY

NICKNAME

ORANGE & WHITE

Office Phone: (865) 974-4167 Email: jimmystanton@tennessee.edu

Office Phone: (865) 974-9494 Email: jyellin@tennessee.edu

BUD FORD

THOMPSON-BOLING ASSEMBLY CENTER AND ARENA

CAPACITY

ASSOCIATE ATHLETICS DIRECTOR FOR MEDIA RELATIONS

21,678

\ ATHLETICS ADMINISTRATION VICE CHANCELLOR/DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS DIRECTOR OF WOMEN’S ATHLETICS

JOAN CRONAN (LSU)

EXECUTIVE SENIOR ASSOCIATE AD

JON GILBERT (LENOIR-RHYNE COLLEGE)

DEBBY JENNINGS

ASSOCIATE ATHLETICS DIRECTOR FOR MEDIA RELATIONS

DONNA THOMAS (TENNESSEE)

SR. ASSOC. AD FOR EXTERNAL OPS

CHRIS FULLER (SHEPHERD COLLEGE)

SR. ASSOC. AD FOR ADMINISTRATION

MIKE WARD (ALABAMA)

ASSOC. AD FOR COMMUNICATIONS

JIMMY STANTON (SOUTHWESTERN [TEXAS])

ASSOC. AD FOR MEDIA RELATIONS

DEBBY JENNINGS (TENNESSEE)

ASSOC. AD FOR MEDIA RELATIONS

BUD FORD (TENNESSEE)

ASSOC. AD FOR DEVELOPMENT

DARA WORRELL (TENNESSEE TECH)

ASSOC. AD FOR SPORTS MEDICINE

JENNY MOSHAK (WESTERN MICHIGAN)

ASSOC. AD FOR TICKET OPERATIONS

JOE ARNONE (MERRIMACK COLLEGE)

ASSOC. AD FOR COMPLIANCE

BRAD BERTANI (DENISON [OHIO])

ASSOC. AD FOR BUSINESS & INTERNAL OPERATIONS

ANGIE BOYD-KECK (TENNESSEE)

ASST. AD FOR STRENGTH & CONDITIONING

HEATHER MASON (CINCINNATI)

SR. DIRECTOR, MARKETING & SALES

JIMMY DELANEY (TENNESSEE)

\ LADY VOL BASKETBALL STAFF HEAD BASKETBALL COACH

PAT SUMMITT (UT-MARTIN)

SUMMITT’S RECORD AT UT

1,071-199 / 37 YEARS

ASSOC. HEAD BASKETBALL COACH

HOLLY WARLICK (TENNESSEE) DEAN LOCKWOOD (SPRING ARBOR COLLEGE [MICH.]) MICKIE DEMOSS (LOUISIANA TECH)

ASST. BASKETBALL COACH DIRECTOR OF BASKETBALL OPERATIONS

KATHY HARSTON (WAYLAND BAPTIST)

DIRECTOR OF CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT

DAEDRA CHARLES-FURLOW (TENNESSEE)

VIDEO COORDINATOR GRADUATE ASSISTANT FOR BASKETBALL BASKETBALL ADDRESS

MICHAEL FAHEY (BENEDICTINE [ILL.]) CORINNE MILIEN (BEMIDJI STATE [MINN.]) 207 THOMPSON-BOLING ARENA, 37996

DEPARTMENT PHONE

(865) 974-0600

Cellular Phone: (865) 806-5671 Email: djennings@utk.edu

MEDIA INFORMATION

ASST. AD FOR MEDIA RELATIONS

JASON YELLIN (STONY BROOK)

ASSOC. DIRECTOR OF MEDIA RELATIONS

ERIC TRAINER (ARKANSAS)

ASSOC. DIRECTOR OF MEDIA RELATIONS

JOHN PAINTER (TENNESSEE)

ASSOC. DIRECTOR OF MEDIA RELATIONS

TOM SATKOWIAK (TENNESSEE)

ASST. DIRECTOR OF MEDIA RELATIONS

BRIAN DAVIS (TENNESSEE)

ASST. DIRECTOR OF MEDIA RELATIONS

CAMERON HARRIS (TCU)

ASST. DIRECTOR OF MEDIA RELATIONS

AMANDA PRUITT (HARDING)

MEDIA RELATIONS GRADUATE ASST./ASST. BB CONTACT INTERNET COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR ASSOC. ATHLETIC TRAINER

MEGAN SPEDDEN (VIRGINIA)

CHRIS ECHOLS (TUSCULUM COLLEGE [TENN.]) CHRIS HOFMANN (WISCONSIN-LACROSSE)

ASST. ATHLETIC TRAINER

CATHERINE JOHNSON (GUILFORD)

ASST. ATHLETIC TRAINER

RENEE HENDERSHOT (OHIO STATE)

ASST. ATHLETIC TRAINER ASSOC. STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COACH ASST. STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COACH

ABE KIGGINS (WEST FLORIDA) COLLIN SCHLOSSER (MIAMI [OHIO]) HOLLY FRANTZ (BOWLING GREEN STATE)

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Women’s Basketball Credentials/ Logistics Cellular Phone: (865) 603-2916 Email: etrainer@utk.edu

MEGAN SPEDDEN

GRADUATE ASSISTANT Assistant Women’s Basketball Contact Cellular Phone: (757) 335-1951 Email: mspedden@utk.edu

The University of Tennessee Media Relations Office looks forward to serving the members of the media during the 2011-12 Lady Vol basketball season. If you will be attending a game in UT’s Thompson-Boling Arena, please take a few moments to review the items of media interest appearing on the pages that follow. If you have any special media requests of our office, please do not hesitate to contact any of the staff members at any time. When calling us in Knoxville, Media Relations secretary Susie Treis will be more than happy to assist you immediately. The 2011-12 Lady Vol Basketball Media Guide has been prepared with the media in mind. Any additional information, interviews or photos can be requested from the UT Media Relations Office. The staff of the Tennessee Media Relations Office for women’s basketball, directed by Debby Jennings, hopes to make your working experience enjoyable.

MEDIA RELATIONS QUICK INFO

Overnight mailing address: 1720 Volunteer Boulevard Room 253, Stokely Athletic Center Knoxville, TN 37996 Office Phone: (865) 974-1212 Fax Machine: (865) 974-8875 On Twitter: www.twitter.com/LadyVol_Hoops Thompson-Boling Arena Press Row: (865) 974-0110 Lady Vol Basketball Offices: (865) 974-0600 Arena Ticket Office: (865) 656-HOOP

KEY MEDIA DATES

\ LADY VOL BASKETBALL SUPPORT STAFF

ERIC TRAINER

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF MEDIA RELATIONS

Women’s Basketball Contact

DAVID BLACKBURN (TENNESSEE)

SR. ASSOC. AD FOR ADMIN./SPORTS PROGRAMS

ASST. BASKETBALL COACH

Cellular Phone: (865) 567-6287 Email: bford@utk.edu

DAVE HART (ALABAMA)

WOMEN’S SENIOR ASSOCIATE AD

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JASON YELLIN

ASSISTANT ATHLETICS DIRECTOR FOR MEDIA RELATIONS

LADY VOLUNTEERS

COLORS HOME ARENA

JIMMY STANTON

ASSOCIATE ATHLETICS DIRECTOR FOR COMMUNICATIONS

October 5 October 27 November 1 November 13 February 27 March 1-4 March 12 March 14 March 17-20 March 24-27 April 1 & 3

Opening Day of Practice SEC Media Day in Birmingham, Ala. First exhibition versus Carson-Newman Season opener versus Pepperdine SEC teleconference call SEC Tournament in Nashville, Tenn. NCAA Women’s Bracket announced SEC teleconference call NCAA First and Second Rounds NCAA Regionals NCAA Women’s Final Four, Denver, Colo.


FACILITIES

STATISTICAL SERVICES Services provided include statistics generated from the STATCREW computer statistics program. Wireless monitors are placed on press row for immediate access to statistics. Hard copies of halftime stats, final stats and play-by-play highlights at the end of each half also will be distributed. Coaches’ quotes will be provided following the post-game interview sessions.

THE NCAA

POSTGAME INTERVIEWS A formal post-game interview is held in the basketball media area following each game. The media will be solicited for player names with five minutes left in the game. After a 10-minute cooling-off period, a UT coach and selected players will be brought to the media area. After the coach has concluded the question and answer period, she will leave and UT players will remain to answer final questions. Afterwards, the visiting coach and selected players will be brought to the basketball media area. Risers for television cameras and a distribution box for radio will be available in the back of the area.

THE SEC HISTORY RECORDS

RADIO Requests to broadcast must be made in writing at the earliest possible date to receive permission. Stations are responsible for contacting Glenn Thackston at IMG/Lady Vol Network in Knoxville for use of the phone lines in Thompson-Boling Arena. Mr. Thackston can be reached during business hours at (865) 584-7043. The radio broadcast location is on the floor level at the main scorer’s table.

UNIVERSITY

THE SEC MEDIA POLICY By acceptance and use of an SEC media credential, the holder agrees to the following conditions for any and all athletic events hosted by the SEC and its member institutions: 1. The SEC and its member institutions grant a media organization a limited license to use certain gathered information on the media organization’s own Internet or online site beginning at the start of an athletic event and up to the conclusion of such event, all subject to the following limitations and conditions: (a) No more than 10 still photographs may be used for news coverage of the game and other editorial purposes during the event. (b) Video tape may only be shown as part of a single, nonarchived, online “simulcast” of a television station’s regularly-scheduled news program. (c) While a game is in progress, the use of textual statistical information is time-delayed and limited in amount (e.g., updates pertaining to score, injuries and national, conference or institutional record-breaking performances, a condensed half-time story) so that an organization’s Internet or online game coverage does not undercut the authorized and rightspaying fee organization’s rights to play-by-play accounts of the game and/or exclusivity as to such rights. 2. Any proposed media use on an Internet or online sight of the game information that is more detailed and/or more than described above will require separate written authorization by the SEC and/or its member institutions. However, such written authorization will not permit the use of game information in entertainment contexts and will not authorize game coverage that, due to immediacy or detail, constitutes or approaches a playby-play account of a game.

REVIEW

PHOTOGRAPHER CREDENTIALS Credentials will be issued only to accredited photographers or those individuals on special assignment. During regular season games, work area includes the floor area at both ends of the court and alongside the corners of the playing floor opposite the team benches. Special arrangements for strobes or catwalk access must be made through the Media Relations and Arena Management Offices no later than one week in advance of the game. UT’s arena security policy requires that all photographers placing strobes will go through a screening process and must be accompanied by a UT police officer or representative when placing strobes.

PRESS ROOM SERVICES The pressroom and interview rooms are on the east end of the arena. Soft drinks, a pre-game meal, and a halftime snack will be offered in the basketball media area. Post-game interviews also will be conducted in this area. Adjacent to the area, the working pressroom has numerous telephones and electrical outlets available. Wireless Internet is available both courtside and in the media workroom. Fax machine service also will be available. If you choose to install a phone line on press row, please contact Cindy Rich (865) 974-3121 at UT Telephone Services.

OPPONENTS

MEDIA CREDENTIALS Media outlets interested in obtaining credentials to cover Lady Vol basketball home games must apply for those online via Sports Systems. To apply, please visit: http://www.sportssystems.com/seccredentials. Applications for single-game credentials should be submitted five days prior to a game. Once you receive your approval letter via email, you will be provided options for credential pick-up.

PRESS ROW Press row is located on the east side of the arena behind the baseline nearest the visiting team bench. Only accredited media will be allowed in this area. Children are not permitted on press row.

LADY VOLS

SEC COACHES TELECONFERENCE The SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament teleconference will take place Monday, Feb. 27. All 12 coaches will appear in alphabetical order by school for five minutes each. The postseason teleconference is set for Wednesday, March 14. It will feature coaches from all SEC teams participating in the NCAA and WNIT tournaments. Media wishing to participate in any of the teleconferences should contact the SEC Media Relations Office for details.

MEDIA PARKING PASSES AND MEDIA ENTRANCE Parking space is limited. The media must request parking access along with other credential requests. Media coverage on a regular basis will insure first priority in UT parking garage G-10. The media entrance is located adjacent to this parking area on Phillip Fulmer Way.

COACHES

PLAYER AND COACH INTERVIEWS Media wishing to interview the coaches or players are encouraged to set up interviews in advance with the Media Relations Office. Generally, the best time to conduct an interview is following practice. Coach Summitt and the players are also available for phone interviews. The Media Relations office will help with all requests.

OUTLOOK

COVERING PRACTICE Please contact Debby Jennings or Megan Spedden at the Media Relations Office at least three days in advance to arrange player or coach feature interviews. If you plan to cover practice, please contact the Media Relations Office on a daily basis to check about changes in the schedule.

MEDIA INFO

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TELEVISION GAMES Thompson-Boling Arena permits the inside parking of television tractor-trailer units and offers secure parking adjacent to the arena for satellite uplink units. Personnel from Arena Management, including electricians, are available to meet arriving trucks in advance of the game. Please notify the Media Relations Office of your arrival plans for television games. WWW.UTLADYVOLS.COM UTLadyVols.com is the official online home for Lady Vol Athletics. Here, fans can find schedules, results, rosters, player bios and stats. There is unique content including photo galleries of events, behind-the-scenes features, video highlights and features from UTSports.tv, video interviews with players and coaches, as well as the latest news on every women’s UTLADYVOLS.COM

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team on campus. There’s also live streaming audio of every women’s basketball game and many other events throughout the year. UTLadyVols.com also provides free streaming video of select events throughout the year. By using CBS Interactive’s GameTracker, fans can also follow the action online with live stats. LADY VOL SOCIAL MEDIA Fans and media can now keep up with all Lady Vol updates via a variety of social media platforms. The official Twitter of Lady Vol basketball can be found at www.twitter.com/LadyVol_Hoops. The official Facebook fan page of Lady Vol basketball can be found at www.facebook.com/ ballwiththeladyvols. For behind-the-scenes looks at UT athletics, visit www.utsports.tv. To sign up for Tennessee text alerts, visit www.textrules.com/utennalerts. LADY VOL TELEVISED GAMES No other women’s basketball program in the nation enjoys the national scope of television coverage like the Lady Vols. Tennessee can trace its television coverage roots back to NBC’s SportsWorld in 1978 when the Lady Vols enjoyed their first top ranking in program history. Beginning in the 1978 season, the first of many local network television stations began airing select Lady Vol games each year. In 1979, TRZ Sports televised UT’s first nationally aired game from Knoxville. Additionally, UT was one of the first schools to welcome ESPN to its campus for coverage of women’s hoops. A network first for women’s basketball occurred at the 1981 AIAW National Championships when Coach Pat Summitt allowed herself to be miked for the title game and cameras were rolling in the locker room at halftime as a national audience was treated to an up-close view of Lady Vol basketball. Since the 1980s, over 500 games have been televised via CBS, NBC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, FSN, Sport South, Prime, Sports Channel, Home Team Sports, Home Sport Entertainment, and Comcast/Charter Sports Net. Countless other games have been aired via local cable outlets. No other women’s team in the nation has enjoyed the number of exposures on CBS Sports. To date, the Lady Vols have appeared 23 times on CBS and sport a 15-8 overall record. Tennessee has enjoyed phenomenal television growth over the last seven seasons as 83% of its games have been televised (204 television appearances out of a total of 247 games). Last season, the Lady Vols were on television 33 times and sported a 30-3 record on the tube. The Lady Vols have 27 regular season tele!"#$%&'()*+,$-.&$/)0&1-"0$ vision opportunities for the 2011-12 season. UT will once again appear on ESPN, ESPN2, "2$3-.(&-)1$/&450-6&*-$ ESPNU, CSS and SportSouth to name a few. !0"5715'-)*+,$40"8)7&'$ 4(59:#9:4(59$"*$'&(&1-$ ;579$<"($-&(&8)')"*$+56&'=

THE PAT SUMMITT SHOW “The Pat Summitt TV Show” takes Tennessee fans inside the workings of the most dominant women’s basketball program in the country. This entertaining 30-minute show is hosted by legendary coach Pat Summitt and the Lady Vol Network’s Mickey Dearstone. The show includes game highlights, exclusive behind the scenes player and team features as well as a scouting report for the upcoming week in Lady Vol basketball. The show airs for nine consecutive weeks during basketball season and is shown in Knoxville on WVLT (Saturday, 11:30 a.m.) and MyVLT2 (Sunday, 9:30 a.m.; Tuesday, 10:30 a.m.), Chattanooga on WTVC-TV (Saturday, 1:30 p.m.), Jackson on E+TV6 (10:30 p.m. Friday), Nashville on WUPX (Saturday, 12:30 p.m.) and the Tri-Cities on WJHL (Saturday, 12:30 p.m.). Stations and times are subject to change. Check Local Listings. Complimenting the coverage in the state of Tennessee, “The Pat Summitt Show” teams up again this year with regional sports icon FOX Sports Net South to make Tennessee women’s basketball available to millions of subscribers around the nation. Check local listings for “The Pat Summitt Show” in your area.

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LADY VOL RADIO NETWORK The Tennessee Lady Vols first found a home on the radio during the 197778 season. At that time, a handful of games were aired with John Ward, former play-by-play guru of UT football and men’s basketball, handling the microphone. The flagship station of the University of Tennessee Lady Vol basketball broadcasts is The Sports Animal, WNML >)1?&9$/&50'-"*&$15(('$-.&$51-)"*$ (990 AM, 99.1 and 99.3 FM) in Knoxville, 2"0$-.&$;579$<"('$"*$057)"= Tenn. This will mark the 34th year of Lady Vol games on the air. Typically, 25 or more stations air the regular season broadcasts as the network expands into many of the “Vol Network” stations. For more information about joining the Lady Vol Network, contact Glenn Thackston at IMG (865) 584-7043. Additionally, Lady Vol basketball games will again find a home on the Internet at www.utladyvols.com, as fans worldwide will be able to access the broadcasts. (For more information, visit the Lady Vol home page -- utladyvols.com) Calling the play-by-play action again this season will be Mickey Dearstone, who took over full-time duties from Bob Kesling after the 1998-99 season. As the media guide was going to publication, 22 radio stations across the state of Tennessee had committed to carry Lady Vol basketball games for the 2011-12 season. Additionally, select Lady Vol games will once again be carried on Sirius Satellite Radio. Station

Market

Dial

Station

Market

Dial

WQSV-AM

Ashland City

790

WKPT-AM

Kingsport

1400

WOPI-AM

Bristol

1490

WNML-AM

Knoxville

990

WGOW-AM

Chattanooga

1150

WNML-FM

Knoxville

99.1, 99.3

WGOW-FM

Chattanooga

102.3

WLIL-AM

Lenoir City

730

WCLE-AM

Cleveland

1570

WJJM-AM

Lewisburg

1490

WLQK-FM

Cookeville

95.9

WCRK-AM

Morristown

1150

WCSV-AM

Crossville

1490

WGFX-FM

Nashville

104.5

WPBX-FM

Crossville

99.3

WLIK-AM

Newport

1270

WEMB-AM

Erwin

1420

WENK-AM

Union City

1240

WGRV-AM

Greeneville

1340

WECO-FM

Wartburg

101.3

WKTP-AM

Jonesborough

1590

WCDT-AM

Winchester

1340


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THOMPSON-BOLING ARENA

-Exit on Highway 129-Alcoa Highway (Airport exit) -Take the Neyland Drive exit -Turn left on Neyland Drive at the light -Travel East on Neyland Drive -Turn left on Lake Loudoun Blvd. -Thompson-Boling Arena will be on your right -Get into the right lane and turn right onto Phillip Fulmer Way -The G-10 parking lot will be on your right

\ From Westbound I-40

-Follow signs to Hall of Fame Drive/James White Parkway/Neyland Drive -Turn right on Lake Loudoun Blvd. -Thompson-Boling Arena will be on your right -Get into the right lane and turn right onto Phillip Fulmer Way -The G-10 parking lot will be on your right

OPPONENTS

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-Take I-275 to I-40 East (towards Asheville) -Exit on James White Parkway/Neyland Drive -Turn right on Lake Loudoun Blvd. -Thompson-Boling Arena will be on your right -Get into the right lane and turn right onto Phillip Fulmer Way -The G-10 parking lot will be on your right

REVIEW FACILITIES THE NCAA

Accommodating the Media—Various seating configurations at ThompsonBoling Arena can accommodate anywhere from 68 to over 250 courtside seated media representatives. Photo boxes are lined for still photographers, and there is a television booth located on the concourse level for team videographers as well as an “up” position for television cameras.

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What we’ve hosted—Thompson-Boling Arena has hosted the First/Second Rounds of the NCAA Tournament for 20 years (1987-2003, 2005, 2010, 2011) as well as the 1991, 1995 and 2003 NCAA Mideast Regional Tournaments and the ultra-successful 1990 Final Four. Other events have included the nationally televised 1995, 1999, 2002 and 2011 State Farm Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classics and the 1991 and 1997 SEC/Big 10 Challenges.

-Travel North on Highway 129 (Alcoa Highway) -Take the Neyland Drive exit -Turn left on Neyland Drive at the light -Travel East on Neyland Drive -Turn left on Lake Loudoun Blvd. -Thompson-Boling Arena will be on your right -Get into the right lane and turn right onto Phillip Fulmer Way -The G-10 parking lot will be on your right

COACHES THE SEC

Television games—Twenty-six games are scheduled to be televised this season with 14 broadcasts originating from Thompson-Boling Arena.

HISTORY

AREA HOTELS (AREA CODE 865)

TAXICAB COMPANIES

AIRLINES

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UNIVERSITY

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The floor of Thompson-Boling Arena was named “The Summitt” in honor of women’s head basketball coach Pat Summitt. The floor was first used during the 2005-06 season.

RECORDS

Biggest NCAA Crowd—Until the 1996 Final Four in Charlotte, the Lady Vols also held the record for the women’s largest attendance in the history of the NCAA. When Tennessee hosted the 1990 Final Four, 19,467 attended the semifinals and 20,023 were on hand for the title game. The Lady Vols currently hold the record for the highest attendance at an NCAA Regional Final with 14,848 in attendance on March 23, 1998, when Tennessee defeated North Carolina, 76-70, in Nashville, Tenn.

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OUTLOOK

MEDIA AND ARENA FACTS Biggest Crowd—The University of Tennessee holds the regular season NCAA record for attendance at a women’s collegiate basketball game with 24,653 on hand for the Jan. 7, 2006, clash with Connecticut. The Lady Vols defeated the Huskies, 89-80.

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MEDIA INFO

THOMPSON-BOLING ARENA Thompson-Boling Arena celebrates its 25th Anniversary during the 2011-12 season. The Arena has 21,088 chairback seats, and a capacity for 590 seats in the loge and skybox seating areas, as well as a Daktronics scoreboard, beautified concourses, refreshment stands and numerous amenities. Originally, the arena was completed in time for the 1987-88 season and featured an official seating capacity of 24,535, which included 18,000 chair seats and almost 7,000 bleacher seats. Premium courtside seating was introduced for the first time in the 2004-05 season. The new capacity for the Arena is 21,678. The distance from the playing floor to the ceiling is the equivalent of a 12-story building. The Arena floor itself can accommodate a three-ring circus with space to spare. In the summer of 1996, the upper deck of the Arena (300 Level seating) was fitted with an automatic curtaining device for the USA Gymnastics Championships. UT has the ability to close off the upper level seating area and vary seating capacity from concerts to seminars to sporting events.

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Auburn January 28-29

Georgia

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Boar’s Head Inn

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3700 Robert Trent Jones

390 East Washington Street

Charlottesville, VA 22903

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December 9-12

DePaul January 7-8

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Vanderbilt

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New York Athletic Club

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180 Central Park South

600 East Van Asche Dr.

2100 West End

New York, NY 10019

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Nashville, TN 37203

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Lexington, KY 40511

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120 Alumni Drive

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Mississippi

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Mississippi State

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SEC Tournament

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675 El Camino Real

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Palo Alto, CA 94301

Tuscaloosa, AL 35401

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BRIANA BASS

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5’2” SENIOR POINT GUARD INDIANAPOLIS, IND.

(KA-MEE-KO) 5’11” JUNIOR GUARD CLARKSVILLE, TENN.

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GLORY JOHNSON

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6’3” FRESHMAN FORWARD/CENTER NASHVILLE, TENN..

5’6’’ FRESHMAN POINT GUARD BOLINGBROOK, ILL.

(SPAIN-EE) 6’1” JUNIOR FORWARD/GUARD LEE’S SUMMIT, MO.

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MEIGHAN SIMMONS

TABER SPANI

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6’3” SENIOR FORWARD KNOXVILLE, TENN.

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MICKIE DEMOSS ASSISTANT COACH


2011-12 SEASON

PREVIEW


2011-12 TENNESSEE LADY VOL BASKETBALL

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As the University of Tennessee’s Lady Vol basketball players take to the court, fans are apt to see a new level of spontaneity and exuberance in the tight-knit 11-member team. The Big Orange squad, perhaps as it never has before, will be “Playing in the Moment,” game in and game out, during the 2011-12 season. Their new approach to hoops sprang forth following the news they heard from their head coach at the first team meeting of the year on Aug. 23, 2011. Pat Summitt, the winningest basketball coach in NCAA history with a record of 1,071-199 (.843), stood before her players and staff and shared her news. “I visited the Mayo Clinic this spring and have been diagnosed with early onset dementia, Alzheimer’s Type,” Summitt announced to the hushed gathering. “I don’t want a pity-party, because it is what it is,” she said. “I plan on being your head coach as long as the good Lord is willing.” The silence was broken by fifth-year senior Vicki Baugh who spoke up almost immediately. “Coach, we’ve got your back. All of us do.” Summitt told her team that nothing would change about the way Lady Vol basketball conducted its business. “We expect to be cutting down nets at the end of the season,” she stated matter-of-factly. With Summitt’s words, faces brightened up around the room and the players absorbed the information in an instant. Collectively they echoed, “Coach, we love you! Let’s get this done.” This group of eight experienced Lady Vol returnees and three eager and mature freshmen now appears more than ready to take on anything that is thrown its way. “These players are at a different level and are very focused with solid leadership this season,” said Summitt. “They will be disappointed if they don’t cut down nets this year. “This team has great chemistry; and early on, they are holding each other very accountable.” Following last season, five players departed

\ STATS OF INTEREST WHAT’S BACK Category ........................... Percent Returning Games Started ............................ 77.1 (135 of 175) Minutes Played .................... 74.6 (5,518 of 7,400) Field Goals .................................76.4 (836 of 1,094) 3-Point Field Goals .................... 66.1 (160 of 242) Free Throws .................................. 83.9 (423 of 504) Rebounds ............................... 79.7 (1,364 of 1,712) Assists ............................................. 78.4 (409 of 522) Blocks .............................................. 51.8 (101 of 195) Points ....................................... 76.9 (2,255 of 2,934) RETURNING 2011-12 LEADERS Category ......................................... Leader (#) Points per game ............Meighan Simmons (13.5) Field Goals ........................Meighan Simmons (183) Field Goal Percentage ..... Glory Johnson (.534) 3-Point Field Goals .......Meighan Simmons (63) 3-Point Field Goal Pct. ..Shekinna Stricklen (.385) Free Throws Made .............. Glory Johnson (133) Free Throw Percentage ............ Briana Bass (.875) Rebounds per game ............Glory Johnson (9.7) Assists per game ...........Meighan Simmons (2.8) Blocks per game....................Glory Johnson (0.8) Steals per game ......................Glory Johnson (1.4)

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the ranks. First, a pair of guards graduated in UT’s all-time leading three-point shooter Angie Bjorklund (career averages of 11.1 ppg, 2.9 rpg and 41% treys) and back-up Sydney Smallbone (2.5 ppg and 0.9 rpg). Second, redshirt junior and 6’6” center Kelley Cain (8.6 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 2.5 bpg career) also graduated and decided to forego her final year of eligibility. In April 2011, after continuously battling achy hips and knees, she announced, “I have accepted the fact that I am currently unable to meet the demands of playing collegiate basketball.” Finally, a pair of players moved on, as freshman guard Lauren Avant (2.6 ppg, 1.3 rpg) and senior forward Alyssia Brewer (6.9 ppg, 4.6 rpg career) departed the Lady Vol ranks. So what will this Lady Vol team look like on the court this season? “We’ll be long and lean and more versatile. We feel like this team will be able to move and cover end line to end line and sideline to sideline better than our last several teams,” said Summitt along with her staff, Holly Warlick, Dean Lockwood and Mickie DeMoss, in a roundtable interview. Instead of the big, massive and powerful front line of many previous Lady Vol teams, this one is going to feature a leaner, more athletic, mobile and a flex-position front line, while the backcourt is going to feature speed and more speed. “We can play a variety of personnel all the way down the roster,” said the staff. Coming into 2011-12, this squad also has shown its versatility in scoring and rebounding as well. Last season, seven different players led the team in scoring, and eight players were gamehigh rebounding leaders. This team also benefits from eight returnees all having logged starting assignments during their careers. Over the summer, Summitt’s 38th edition of the Lady Vol basketball team collectively embraced “preparation with a purpose” in off-season workouts. An already close and mature team cemented its bond even more following Summitt’s announcement, and they all ramped up the positive energy they exude daily. Ever since that time, Summitt has been encouraging them to live, play and enjoy the moment. Probably the player who walks that walk the best is fifth-year senior Baugh, a 6’4” post (3.6 ppg, 3.2 rpg in 2010-11). A member of the Lady Vols’ 2008 NCAA Championship Team as a rookie, Baugh blew out the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee in the title game and unfortunately, did it again as a sophomore in her 14th game of the season in 2008-09. After surgery to repair a torn meniscus in January 2010, she sat out the 2009-10 campaign and slowly worked her way back during 2010-11. “Vicki Baugh, back and healthy, takes our team to another dimension with our athleticism,” said Summitt. This season, she is back better than ever and ready to make the most of her final go-round. Already with her B.A. degree in hand, she will complete her eligibility in UT graduate school in sports psychology. “Vicki is an awesome leader for this team,” Summitt continued. “She has a tremendous influence over her teammates and a powerful presence on the court. Her teammates look to her because she is so mentally strong.” Baugh previewed her mental toughness in

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Senior All-American Shekinna Stricklen looks to wrap up her Lady Vol career with a stellar campaign in 2011-12.

the final game of the 2011 season against Notre Dame in the NCAA Elite Eight game last March. She shed her tentativeness and logged 18 minutes – her most playing time since tearing her ACL for the second time on Feb. 2, 2009. Caught up in the moment of trying to help her team to the Final Four, it was a physical and emotional breakthrough for her. Living in the moment will be a challenging task for the four true seniors who are collectively mindful of the unfinished business at hand. This will be their last dance and the final shot at advancing to the Final Four. In their rear view mirrors, they can still see the disappointing 2008-09 rookie campaign and losing for the first time in school history in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. Also in the mirror’s view are the heady achievements of fashioning 32-3 and 34-3 records and winning back-to-back SEC regular season and tournament titles in 2010 and 2011. “There are some positives to having a senior-laden team,” said Summitt. “They have been through about everything, but they are very resilient and focused and obviously very seasoned with all of their experiences over the last three years. They just have to stay in the moment and enjoy it.” The seniors are led by a 2011 State Farm AllAmerican and the 2011 SEC Player of the Year in 6’2” guard/forward Shekinna Stricklen (12.8 ppg, 7.3 rpg) and an All-SEC and All-SEC Defensive Team selection in 6’3” post Glory Johnson (12.0 ppg, 9.7 rpg). This past summer, they captured gold medals after a winning stint with Team USA at the World University Games in Shenzhen, China. Last season, the duo joined the Lady Vol 1,000-Point Club, becoming the 35th and 36th players to do so. “Shekinna, Glory and Vicki are all impact play-


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Sophomore Meighan Simmons was the 2011 SEC Rookie of the Year... What does she have in store for an encore?

signments and playing all 37 games in the 2010-11 season. “Kamiko has shown such growth both on and off the court,” said Summitt. “I just hate that she had to suffer a torn ACL. She gives us great athleticism at the guard spot and worked hard at improving her defensive play. “Although we are projecting her return to the court around Christmas, hopefully, it will be a waitand-see situation,” said Summitt. UT’s lone sophomore, 5’9” guard Meighan Simmons (13.5 ppg, 2.7 rpg), had an outstanding rookie campaign, leading the Lady Vols in scoring from start to finish, and earning SEC Freshman of the Year honors along the way. Simmons was just the fourth true rookie in UT history to lead the Lady Vols in scoring as a frosh, joining Bridgette Gordon (1985-86), Chamique Holdsclaw (1995-96) and Shekinna Stricklen (2008-09). A two guard, Simmons accomplished a great deal as a point guard during her first campaign. Her impact might be even greater as she moves back to her natural position. “No doubt about it, Meighan had great success last year, and we are challenging her to build on it, not to sit on it,” said DeMoss. She tallied exactly 500 points and dished out 104 scoring passes, joining former Lady Vol Olympian and All-American Kara Lawson (504 points, 102 assists in 1999-2000) in a very exclusive true rookie sorority at Tennessee. As a great offensive force, Summitt has challenged Simmons to dial up her defense this season. “I’ve asked Meighan to set the example for this team with her defensive play,” said Summitt. “I told her that her defensive awareness, intensity and effort are all things she can control to become a better player. We need that commitment from her to take on a greater role.” Definitely taking on a big role in 2011-12 will be the talented Lady Vol newcomers in three high school All-Americans 6’2” forward Cierra Burdick (Charlotte, N.C.), 6’3” post Isabelle “Izzy” Harrison (Nashville, Tenn.) and 5’6” point guard Ariel Massengale (Bolingbrook, Ill.). Burdick and Massengale earned gold medals with the USA U19 team this summer, while Harrison benefited from enrolling early at UT, working out on campus with her new teammates and playing in a summer league. “I love their energy and the positive personalities of this freshmen class,” said Summitt. “They love the game…they love this program and they are great teammates,” echoed the staff. The thing that strikes one immediately about all three players is the Lady Vol DNA they all read-

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Senior Glory Johnson could become just the fourth Lady Vol in school history to score over 1,000 career points and collect 1,000 career rebounds.

poised once again to contribute whenever called upon. Manning has played in 103 career games and earned 23 career starts, while Bass has seen action in 88 games and lined up for the opening tip 14 times. Tennessee’s coaches refer to Manning as “hard-nosed” and “the glue of the team,” while Bass is valued for her leadership and energy as “her teammates feed off her game.” Need a back-up point guard? You can call on Manning. Want someone to do the dirty work as a four player in the post? Give number 15 the call. Got to have a stop or help on defense? “A-town” is your player. “The things Alicia Manning does on the court don’t always show up in the box score,” said Warlick. “She is tough-minded and has played as diverse a role as anyone on our team. The great thing about her? She is always, always about the team,” said Lockwood. The same can be said for Bass. She has an effervescence about her that just gets everyone going. Whether she’s a starter averaging 21 minutes a game like she did as a rookie or playing in a backup role at the point, team is always first for Bass. “Bree has such a positive attitude and is a great leader,” said Summitt. “She is always focused on the task at hand, and she diligently works on her game. She is a great teammate and gives energy to everyone.” Summitt would like nothing more than for this class to advance to a Final Four. “As a class, our five seniors have been through the spectrum from the highest of the highs, to the lowest of the lows,” said Summitt. “All season long, I am going to encourage them to stay hungry, be in the moment and enjoy it. Perhaps good things are in store for them.” Guards Taber Spani (8.0 ppg, 4.1 rpg) and Kamiko Williams (6.8 ppg, 3.2 rpg) are a pair of lefties who each experienced a great deal of growth in their games as sophomores. The 6’1” Spani picked up 26 starts while the 5’11” Williams earned increased minutes (17.9 mpg) coming as a result of improved defensive intensity. This summer, Williams had surgery on July 22 to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee. Her return to the court has not been determined as of yet. “Both Taber and Kamiko showed solid improvement and worked hard in the off-season to improve their right hands, foot speed and mobility,” said Summitt. “Kamiko’s return will be a waitand-see situation.” Spani battled through some dings and nicks as a sophomore. In October 2011, she had surgery on her left elbow to remove scar tissue build-up and returned to the court a couple of weeks after being sidelined. She took on a bigger role as a sophomore and doubled her rookie productivity in the box score, turning in 13 double-figures scoring games and flirting with a couple of doubledoubles. “A healthy Taber is going to be very good for this team,” said Summitt. “Her teammates respect her work ethic and her attitude. She is an energy giver.” “She is in tremendous shape…really mobile and lean,” remarked DeMoss. “As a result of her surgery, she had to do more things with just her right hand and that has helped her game quite a bit. I also believe she’ll come into this season as a better defender.” Unfortunately, Williams suffered her left knee injury on July 7 while playing in the Women’s Pilot Rocky Top Summer Basketball League in Knoxville. She was driving the baseline and went in for a reverse layup when the ACL tear occurred. She had been working hard in the off-season to be a bigger impact player for UT after earning four starting as-

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ers for our team,” said Summitt. “Each of them is capable of producing game-changing moments, and they are at the core of our scoring and rebounding attack. All three of them should have All-America-type seasons.” Even though she did not lead her team in scoring, Stricklen earned All-America honors as a result of playing all three positions on the floor and solid defense. She has the capability of exploding in almost every statistical box score category on any given night. “Shekinna can impact a game on multiple levels,” said Summitt. “As an All-American, she has to play well for this team to go where they haven’t gone yet. “We have challenged her to become consistent in her play every time she steps out on the floor. If she does that, she can be one of the best players in the country.” Johnson rolled through her academic curriculum and graduated in just three years with a degree in global studies. She is now pursuing her master’s degree in communications studies. Johnson settled into scoring and rebounding consistency last season and nearly became the first Lady Vol to average double-figure rebounds for a season since All-American Patricia Roberts did so in 1977 with 14.2 rpg. “We are going to challenge Glory to have a double-double season in points and rebounds,” said Lockwood. “Last year, Glory turned the corner in terms of her approach to the game, and she had an All-American type of season. I believe this is going to be a special year for her.” Amazingly, Johnson is just 137 rebounds shy of becoming just the fourth Lady Vol in school history to grab 1,000 career boards and would join Chamique Holdsclaw (1,295 rebounds in 148 games), Sheila Frost (1,043 rebounds in 138 games) and Tamika Catchings (1,004 rebounds in 127 games). Johnson enters her final season with 863 rebounds in 105 games, The blue collar workers of the senior class, 6’1” forward Alicia Manning (4.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg) and 5’2” point guard Briana Bass (1.0 ppg, 0.5 rpg), are

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comes to town on Nov. 1 and former NAIA National Champion Union University (Jackson, Tenn.) heads to Rocky Top for a game on Nov. 8. Following the dress rehearsal contests, the Lady Vols officially open the season at home, taking on first-ever opponent Pepperdine on Nov. 13 and follow that game with another new opponent at ThompsonBoling Arena, taking on the University of Miami in the State Farm Tipoff on Nov. 15. The game with the Hurricanes will mark the 187th opponent in Lady Vol basketball history. The highly touted freshman class of Ariel Massengale, Isabelle Harrison and Cierra Burdick The remainder of join Coach Pat Summitt and the Lady Vols in 2011-12. the November schedule features an away game at Virginia (Nov. 20) and cancer awareness game versus Kentucky (Feb. 13). contests at home against Baylor (Nov. 27) and UT travels to Vanderbilt (Feb. 9), Mississippi State (Feb. 16) and Ole Miss (Feb. 19) before wrapping Middle Tennessee (Nov. 29). “I think our great fans will be treated to a up regular season play for 2011-12 at home with tremendous home schedule this season, and I’m contests versus Arkansas (Feb. 23) and Senior Day thrilled that we have the opportunity for 17 home against Florida on Feb. 26. In the 16-game SEC schedule, the Lady Vols dates (including the exhibition games) in our areplay home-and-home games with Auburn, Arkanna,” said Summitt. Tennessee begins and ends the month of De- sas, Georgia and Kentucky this season to go along cember at home taking on Texas (Dec. 4) and Old with their annual home-and-home traditional rival Dominion (Dec. 28). In between, the Lady Vols will contests versus Vanderbilt. “The SEC is always a tough league,” Summitt face DePaul at the Maggie Dixon Classic at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 11 and then travel to said. “Every team has improved from last season Rutgers for a Dec. 13 meeting. Prior to the Christ- and wins will be even tougher to get…especially mas holidays, UT will head out west to face a pair on the road.” In the postseason, the 2012 SEC Tournament of Pac-12 foes in UCLA (Dec. 17) and 2011 Final stays in the Music City in Nashville, Tenn., March Four participant Stanford (Dec. 20). The Lady Vols open the 2012 side of the slate 1-4. Tennessee will find out its March Madness with a New Year’s Day showdown with SEC rival fate when the NCAA Tournament bracket is anAuburn on The Plains on Jan. 1. The Lady Vols nounced on March 12. NCAA First/Second Round will briefly step out of the conference to face UT- games will be played at 16 sites from March 17-20. Chattanooga in Knoxville on Jan. 3 before resum- The NCAA Regional Championships will be coning a steady diet of SEC play, as Georgia rolls into tested, March 24-27 and the season will culminate town for a key match-up on Jan. 5. Other January with the 2012 NCAA Final Four in Denver, Colo., home dates include Vanderbilt (Jan. 15) and LSU April 1 and 3. No matter how the season goes for the Lady (Jan. 19), while road SEC dates have the Lady Vols traveling to Arkansas (Jan. 8), Kentucky (Jan. 12), Vol basketball team, it could be one like never beAlabama (Jan. 26) and Georgia (Jan. 29). UT con- fore, as fans of the game embrace Coach Summitt. cludes the 2012 portion of the non-conference The players will certainly learn that it’s not about schedule with a national marquee game at 2011 what you did yesterday or what you’re going to do tomorrow. Final Four runner-up Notre Dame on Jan. 23. Their coach will make sure they live, play and Tennessee starts the month of February enjoying home games against South Carolina (Feb. enjoy all the moments of the 2011-12 season. And 2), Auburn (Feb. 5) and the “Play for Kay” breast maybe along the way they’ll cut down some nets.

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FORWARDS Shekinna Stricklen Taber Spani Alicia Manning Cierra Burdick Glory Johnson TWO GUARDS Meighan Simmons Kamiko Williams Ariel Massengale Shekinna Stricklen Alicia Manning

POINT GUARDS Ariel Massengale Meighan Simmons Briana Bass Shekinna Stricklen Kamiko Williams

POSTS Vicki Baugh Glory Johnson Isabelle Harrison Taber Spani Cierra Burdick

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ily exhibit. They ooze orange and have a clear understanding of what it means to pull on a Lady Vol uniform and the responsibility that goes along with it. Massengale, who was anointed the 201112 starting Lady Vol point guard by Summitt last March, will jump into the cross-hairs quickly. “Just watch Ariel and you’ll understand why I announced she was our point guard,” said Summitt. “She has a great presence…is a true point guard and we’ve been anxiously waiting for her. I love her tempo. She makes quick decisions and pushes the ball up the floor,” said Warlick. Massengale is also an excellent on-the-ball defender, has great strength and applies constant ball pressure. She’ll have company on defense with Burdick alongside. The duo has done nothing but win gold medals for USA Basketball as teammates for the last three summers. A multi-dimensional player, she is able to line-up on the perimeter or go inside and play the four. “She is a positive and upbeat person and player,” said Lockwood. “She is very even-keeled on the floor and is extremely receptive to coaching.” Burdick is the kind of player who loves to embrace a challenge and does so eagerly. “She has a great skill set and is a solid shooter,” said Summitt. “She is not afraid to play out of her typical comfort zone on the perimeter.” The third member of the group already knew about life as a Lady Vol from her sister, redshirt junior volleyball standout Dee Dee Harrison. “Izzy” Harrison was quickly taken under the wing of Baugh in summer workouts and pick-up games. The fifth-year senior dubbed her rookie protégé, “a mini me.” Early on, the coaches have been impressed with her basketball IQ and the rapid progress she has made in her post game. She has been like a sponge absorbing the system with her willingness to put in extra work. “She has a great work ethic and made an impression on her teammates almost immediately,” said Summitt. “She wants to learn and is so receptive.” The perennial bull’s-eye is firmly affixed to the Lady Vols’ uniforms, as they take on another challenging schedule. Over the last two seasons, UT has fashioned a 66-6 record and won 33-straight SEC games (both regular season and tournament titles) in consecutive years. In addition to the Southeastern Conference slate of 16 games, the Lady Vols also will face a number of formidable non-conference teams, including first time foes Pepperdine and the University of Miami. Also on the dance card are contests with Virginia, Baylor, Middle Tennessee, Texas, DePaul, Rutgers, UCLA, Stanford, Old Dominion, Chattanooga and Notre Dame. Twenty of UT’s 24 opponents in the coming season participated in 2011 post season play, appearing in the NCAA or WNIT Tournaments. In all, UT will be facing competition from nine different conferences in the coming year, including the ACC, Big 12, BIG EAST, Colonial, Pac-12, Southeastern, Southern, Sunbelt and West Coast conferences. “This is an exciting schedule for the coming year,” said Summitt. “We’ll see a couple of new opponents in Pepperdine and Miami and travel to play 2011 Final Four teams Notre Dame and Stanford on their home courts. “The non-conference schedule is really challenging and should help us to prepare for anything we may see come post-season play.” The season gets underway with a pair of exhibition tune-ups in Knoxville, as Carson-Newman


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