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Tuesday, November 10
SEC Coaches Pick UT Second


DeShields, Graves, Russell Chosen To All-SEC Teams


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The Tennessee women's basketball team was picked by the league's coaches to finish second in the Southeastern Conference, and three Lady Vols were selected to preseason all-conference teams, the SEC announced Tuesday morning.

The Lady Vols, who were 30-6 overall and 15-1 in SEC play a year ago en route to a regular-season co-championship, received 158 points in voting by league coaches to finish second behind South Carolina as they had in the media poll. The Gamecocks received 168 points to earn the favorite's nod.

Texas A&M (138 points) is projected by the coaches to finish third, followed by Mississippi State (134), Kentucky (125), Missouri (94) and Ole Miss (81) rounding out the top half. Teams eight through 14 include Arkansas (77), Georgia (75), LSU (64), Vanderbilt (61), Florida (54), Auburn (29) and Alabama (16).

Redshirt sophomore guard Diamond DeShields and senior forward Bashaara Graves were among nine players chosen to the preseason All-SEC First Team. Redshirt sophomore center Mercedes Russell was on the eight-member second team.

Points for order of finish were compiled on a 13-12-11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. Each coach also voted for an eight-player All-SEC first team, an eight-player All-SEC second team and the Player of the Year. Coaches cannot vote for their own team or players and ties are not broken.



Order of Finish

  • 1. South Carolina 168
  • 2. Tennessee 158
  • 3. Texas A&M 138
  • 4. Mississippi State 134
  • 5. Kentucky 125
  • 6. Missouri 94
  • 7. Ole Miss 81
  • 8. Arkansas 77
  • 9. Georgia 75
  • 10. LSU 64
  • 11. Vanderbilt 61
  • 12. Florida 54
  • 13. Auburn 29
  • 14. Alabama 16

Player of the Year

  • Tiffany Mitchell, South Carolina

First Team All-SEC

  • Makayla Epps, Kentucky
  • Victoria Vivians, Mississippi State
  • A'ja Wilson, South Carolina
  • Tiffany Mitchell, South Carolina
  • Alaina Coates, South Carolina
  • Diamond DeShields, Tennessee
  • Bashaara Graves, Tennessee
  • Courtney Walker, Texas A&M
  • Courtney Williams, Texas A&M

Second Team All-SEC

  • Jessica Jackson, Arkansas
  • Ronni Williams, Florida
  • Shacobia Barbee, Georgia
  • Raigyne Moncrief, LSU
  • Jordan Frericks, Missouri
  • Mercedes Russell, Tennessee
  • Jordan Jones, Texas A&M
  • Rebekah Dahlman, Vanderbilt



Lady Vols Merchandise

2015 - 2016 Schedule

Overall 3-0  Conf. 0-0  Home 3-0  Away 0-0  Neutral 0-0

11/09/15 vs. Carson-Newman College ^ Knoxville, Tenn. W, 101-59
11/15/15 vs. Central Arkansas Knoxville, Tenn. W 102 - 47
11/18/15 vs. Penn State Knoxville, Tenn. W 74 - 66
11/20/15 vs. Syracuse Knoxville, Tenn. W 57 - 55
11/23/15 vs. Chattanooga Knoxville, Tenn. 7:00 p.m. ET
11/27/15 vs. Albany Knoxville, Tenn. 12:00 p.m. ET
11/29/15 vs. Texas Knoxville, Tenn. 2:30 p.m. ET
12/02/15 vs. East Tennessee State Knoxville, Tenn. 7:00 p.m. ET
12/06/15 vs. Virginia Tech Knoxville, Tenn. 2:00 p.m. ET
12/11/15 at Wichita State Wichita, Kan. 8:05 p.m. ET
12/16/15 at Stanford Stanford, Calif. 9:00 p.m. ET
12/19/15 at Oregon State Corvallis, Ore. 9:00 p.m. ET
12/30/15 vs. Stetson Knoxville, Tenn. 7:00 p.m. ET
01/04/16 at Missouri * Columbia, Mo. 7:00 p.m. ET
01/07/16 vs. Florida * Knoxville, Tenn. 7:30 p.m. ET
01/10/16 vs. Auburn * Knoxville, Tenn. 2:00 p.m. ET
01/14/16 at Arkansas * Fayetteville, Ark. 9:00 p.m. ET
01/18/16 at Notre Dame Notre Dame, Ind. 7:00 p.m. ET
01/21/16 vs. Vanderbilt * Knoxville, Tenn. 7:00 p.m. ET
01/25/16 at Kentucky * Lexington, Ky. 7:00 p.m. ET
01/28/16 at Mississippi State * Starkville, Miss. 9:00 p.m. ET
01/31/16 vs. Alabama * Knoxville, Tenn. 3:00 p.m. ET
02/04/16 vs. Arkansas * Knoxville, Tenn. 7:00 p.m. ET
02/07/16 at Texas A&M * College Station, Texas 2 or 4 p.m. ET
02/11/16 at Vanderbilt * Nashville, Tenn. 9:00 p.m. ET
02/15/16 vs. South Carolina * Knoxville, Tenn. 7:00 p.m. ET
02/18/16 vs. Ole Miss * Knoxville, Tenn. 7:00 p.m. ET
02/21/16 at LSU * Baton Rouge, La. 2:00 p.m. ET
02/25/16 at Alabama * Tuscaloosa, Ala. 8:30 p.m. ET
02/28/16 vs. Georgia * Knoxville, Tenn. 1,2 or 4 p.m. ET
SEC Tournament
03/02/16 First Round Jacksonville, Fla. TBA
03/03/16 Second Round Jacksonville, Fla. TBA
03/04/16 Quarterfinals Jacksonville, Fla. TBA
03/05/16 Semifinals Jacksonville, Fla. TBA
03/06/16 Finals Jacksonville, Fla. TBA
NCAA Tournament - First and Second Rounds
  First Round TBD  
  Second Round TBD  
NCAA Tournament - Regionals
  Regional Semifinal TBD  
  Regional Final TBD  
NCAA Tournament - Final Four
  National Semifinal Indianapolis, Ind.  
  National Championship Game Indianapolis, Ind.  

* Conference ^ Exhibition


Friday, November 20
Lady Vols Outlast Syracuse for 57-55 Win

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- In a closely contested game from start to finish, No. 4/5 Tennessee used another sparkling performance from Bashaara Graves to outlast No. 25/RV Syracuse, 57-55, in front of a crowd of 10,007 at Thompson-Boling Arena on Friday night.

Graves was 8-for-9 with a team-high 16 points while also pulling down 10 rebounds for her 23rd career double-double, tying her with South Carolina's Alaina Coates for the most double-doubles among active players in the SEC.

The senior forward's layup with 2:48 remaining turned out to be the game-winning basket as UT locked down the Orange defensively, holding them scoreless for the final 5:12 of the game.

The Lady Vols (3-0) also got double-digit scoring efforts from Mercedes Russell (13), Jasmine Jones (12) and Te'a Cooper (10) on the night. Cooper has now scored at least 10 points in all three games this season.

Tennessee dominated the paint, outscoring the Orange, 46-18, down low on the night. The frontcourt trio of Graves, Russell and Jones combined for 39 of the Lady Vols' 57 points.

"Everyone knew we wanted to get them the ball and we continued to do it. They got great looks," head coach Holly Warlick said in regards to the Tennessee bigs.

"We may not be hitting from the outside, but we are still getting the ball inside and getting good looks. Both of those two battled. They willed us to a win."

Alexis Peterson led three Syracuse players in double figures with a game-high 19 points on 7-for-12 shooting.

The Lady Vols continue their eight-game home streak on Monday, Nov. 23 when they welcome in-state foe Chattanooga to Thompson-Boling Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. and the game will be streamed live on SEC Network +/WatchESPN. Fans can also listen live on the Lady Vol Network radio and online broadcast with Mickey Dearstone calling the action.

Beast Mode

  • Bashaara Graves started the game with eight straight makes after going 8-8 in the opener. Overall Graves made 17 straight shots, a streak that spanned 91 minutes and 57 seconds of game action dating back to last season's final game against Maryland.
  • Graves recorded a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. It is the 23rd double-double of her career tying Elaina Coates of South Carolina for most among active SEC players. It is the ninth most double-doubles in UT history.
  • Streaking

  • With their win over Syracuse tonight, Tennessee extended a number of winning streaks at Thompson-Boling Arena.
  • The Lady Vols have won their last 25 home games, including a program record 18-0 mark last season.
  • UT has posted 15 straight wins over non-conference foes at home.
  • Tennessee has come away victorious in its last eight home contests against ranked opponents.
  • Tennessee vs. Ranked Foes

  • UT improved to 465-184 (.717) all-time against teams ranked in the top 25.
  • The Lady Vols are now 25-15 against top-25 opponents under head coach Holly Warlick.
  • Tonight's win over the Orange was the first win for Tennessee over a ranked team this season. UT went 9-5 against ranked opponents last season.
  • Dominating Down Low

  • Tennessee's bigs have been dominant this season and continued the trend tonight, outscoring Syracuse 46-18 in the paint.
  • The frontcourt trio of Graves, Russell and Jones combined for 39 of the Lady Vols' 57 points.
  • UT posted seven blocks on the night, including a game-high four by Russell.

  • Next

    vs Chattanooga

    Time: 7:00 p.m. ET    
    Date: November 23, 2015    
    Location: Knoxville, TN    
            TV:  SEC Network                                       


    2015-2016 Roster

    NoNameHeightPosClassHometownPrevious School
    14  carter andraya Andraya Carter 69 5-9 G 6 RS JR Flowery Branch, Ga. Buford H.S.
    20 cooper te'a Te'a Cooper 68 5-8 PG 1 FR Powder Springs, Ga. McEachern H.S.
    11 deshields diamond Diamond DeShields 73 6-1 G 4 RS SO Norcross, Ga. North Carolina
    13 dunbar kortney Kortney Dunbar 74 6-2 F 3 SO Edwardsville, Ill. Edwardsville H.S.
    12 graves bashaara Bashaara Graves 74 6-2 F 7 SR Clarksville, Tenn. Clarksville H.S.
    10 jackson meme Meme Jackson 71 5-11 G/F 1 FR Murfreesboro, Tenn. Blackman H.S.
    2 jones jasmine Jasmine Jones 74 6-2 F 6 RS JR Madison, Ala. Bob Jones H.S.
    33 middleton alexa Alexa Middleton 69 5-9 G 3 SO Murfreesboro, Tenn. Riverdale H.S.
    1 moore nia Nia Moore 75 6-3 C 7 SR Chicago, Ill. Bolingbrook H.S.
    31 nared jaime Jaime Nared 74 6-2 G/F 3 SO Portland, Ore. Westview H.S.
    -10 reynolds jordan Jordan Reynolds 71 5-11 G 5 JR Portland, Ore. Central Catholic H.S.
    21 russell mercedes Mercedes Russell 78 6-6 C 4 RS SO Springfield, Ore. Springfield H.S.

    Holly Warlick - Head Coach
    Pat Summitt - Head Coach Emeritus
    Kyra Elzy - Associate Head Coach
    Jolette Law - Assistant Coach
    Dean Lockwood - Assistant Coach
    Michael Beaumont - Director of Basketball Operations
    Janet McGee - Assistant To The Head Coach
    Lee Taylor - Strength & Conditioning Coach
    Josh Boucher - Video Coordinator
    Jasmine Jones - Graduate Assistant




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