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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.

 

PRESEASON COACHES PREDICTIONS

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

Records:
Overall 12-8  Conf. 3-4  Home 9-3  Away 3-5  Neutral 0-0

DateOpponent/EventLocationTime/Result
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. W 59 - 57
11/27/15 vs. Albany Knoxville, Tenn. W 63 - 55
11/29/15 vs. Texas Knoxville, Tenn.  L  53 - 64
12/02/15 vs. East Tennessee State Knoxville, Tenn. W 85 - 49
12/06/15 vs. Virginia Tech Knoxville, Tenn.  L  43 - 57
12/11/15 at Wichita State Wichita, Kan. W 58 - 51
12/16/15 at Stanford Stanford, Calif.  L 55 - 69
12/19/15 at Oregon State Corvallis, Ore. W 53 - 50
12/30/15 vs. Stetson Knoxville, Tenn. W 90 - 56
01/04/16 at Missouri * Columbia, Mo. W 71 - 55
01/07/16 vs. Florida * Knoxville, Tenn.  L 66 - 74
01/10/16 vs. Auburn * Knoxville, Tenn. W 79 - 52
01/14/16 at Arkansas * Fayetteville, Ark.  L 59 - 64
01/18/16 at Notre Dame Notre Dame, Ind.  L 66 - 79
01/21/16 vs. Vanderbilt * Knoxville, Tenn. W 58 - 49
01/25/16 at Kentucky * Lexington, Ky.  L 63 - 64
01/28/16 at Mississippi State * Starkville, Miss.  L 63 - 65
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

 



Thursday, January 28
#19/23 Lady Vols Fall to #13/13 MSU in OT, 65-63

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STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Jordan Reynolds posted her first career double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds, but No. 19/23 Tennessee fell to No. 13/13 Mississippi State, 65-63, in overtime at Humphrey Coliseum after the Bulldogs erased a 12-point deficit in the fourth quarter.

 

FINAL
Humphrey Coliseum // Starkville, Miss. // 5,710
Tennessee
63
12-8 (3-4 SEC)
Miss St
65
18-4 (5-3 SEC)
1st2nd3rd4thOTFinal
Tennessee 16 17 22 3 5 63
Miss St 17 16 10 15 7 65
TEAM STATS
TennesseeMiss St
Field Goals 24-55 (43.6%) 24-73 (32.9%)
3-Pointers 3-8 (37.5%) 3-16 (18.8%)
Free Throws 12-20 (60.0%) 14-20 (70.0%)
Rebounds-Off 42-10 46-10
Turnovers 14 5
Fouls 24 21
Largest Lead 12 3
LEADERS
TennesseeMiss St
Points J. Reynolds 15 D. Dillingham 14
Rebounds J. Reynolds 11 C. Okorie 8
Assists J. Reynolds 3 M. William 7
Steals J. Reynolds 1 D. Dillingham 2
Blocks B. Graves 1 D. Dillingham 1

Thursday's game marked the first time that Tennessee (12-8, 3-4 SEC) had ever lost to Mississippi State (18-4, 5-3 SEC). The Lady Vols were 36-0 against the Bulldogs entering the game.

In overtime, Tennessee had the ball with 17 seconds left with a chance to win or send the game into a second overtime period. Te'a Cooper drove down the lane and attempted a layup with three seconds left, but the ball bounced off the rim and Mississippi State cleared the rebound.

Reynolds' 15 points, career-high 11 rebounds and three assists led the team. Andraya Carter and Cooper had 11 points each. Mercedes Russell added eight points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

Victoria Vivians and Dominique Dillingham each had 14 points to lead Mississippi State.

The Bulldogs had a 46-42 rebounding advantage and their 20 offensive boards produced 19 second-chance points.

Down 12 points to start the fourth quarter, Morgan William caught fire with seven points and Mississippi State went on a 15-3 run to knot the game at 58-58. Victoria Vivans, whose two free throws with 1:54 left tied the game, saw her last-second 3-point attempt from the right corner bounce off the near side of the rim, sending the game into overtime.

The Lady Vols scored the first six points of the second half to start a 16-4 run that gave UT a 49-37 lead. Carter and Reynolds capitalized on mid-range shots during the run and Tennessee's zone defense forced the Bulldogs into difficult shots. Mississippi State shot just 3-of-20 in the third quarter. Reynolds ended the third with a buzzer-beating, pull-up jumper to give Tennessee a 55-43 advantage heading into the fourth.

Reynolds hit a 3-point buzzer-beater from the right wing to tie the game at 33-33 heading into halftime. Reynolds and Cooper had eight points each as the Lady Vols shot 52 percent from the field (13-of-25) in the first half. Mississippi State star Vivians picked up her second foul midway through the second quarter, sending her to the closing minutes.

Mississippi State held a 17-16 lead following a first quarter that featured five lead changes. Both teams found success inside early on as the Lady Vols and the Bulldogs each scored 10 points in the paint.

 

Series vs. Mississippi State

  • Tennessee is now 36-1 all-time against Mississippi State and 16-1 against the Bulldogs in Starkville.
  • Thursday's game marked just the seventh time that both Tennessee and Mississippi State were ranked when squaring off and the first time that the Bulldogs were ranked higher than the Lady Vols.
  • Thursday's game was also the first time in the UT-MSU series that the game went to overtime.
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    Reynolds' Big Night

  • Jordan Reynolds had her most productive game of the season, posting season highs of 15 points and 11 rebounds.
  • Reynolds 15 points were her most since scoring a career-high 17 points against South Carolina on March 8, 2015.
  • Entering the night, Reynolds' previous season high in scoring was nine points, which she reached twice and most recently against Kentucky on Monday.
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    Miscellaneous Notes

  • The Lady Vols are 30-17 all-time in overtime games and 13-8 in overtime games on the road.
  • Thursday's game was the Lady Vols' first overtime game since a 73-69 overtime win over Gonzaga in their NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen game on March 28, 2015.
  • Andraya Carter scored 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting, marking the third time she has reached double-figures this season.
  • Te'a Cooper finished with 11 points, the third consecutive game she has finished in double figures and the eighth time during her freshman season.
  • The Lady Vols held the Bulldogs to 32.9 percent shooting, the 13th time this season UT has held someone under 40 percent shooting.
  • The Lady Vols held Mississippi State to 65 points in overtime, despite MSU averaging 75.6 points per game this season.
  • Mississippi State entered the game as the SEC's top offensive rebounding team and the Bulldogs showed why. MSU collected 20 offensive boards.
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    Up Next

  • The Lady Vols next play Alabama (13-8, 2-6 SEC) on Sunday at Thompson-Boling Arena. The game will feature a 3 p.m. ET tip-off on SEC Network.
  • Tennessee is 48-2 all-time against Alabama and 21-0 against the Crimson Tide in Knoxville.
  • Alabama fell to No. 10/10 Texas A&M, 59-56, tonight in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
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    Alabama

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    Time: 3:00 p.m. ET    
    Date: January 31, 2016    
    Location: Knoxville, TN    
            TV:   SEC Network                                    
                         
                    


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    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.

    Coaches
    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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