2012 SEC Women's Basketball Tournament
Game 6: #2 Tennessee 68, #7 Vanderbilt 57
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - No. 2-seeded Tennessee outlasted a feisty No. 7 seed Vanderbilt team to advance to the SEC Tournament Semifinals with a 68-57 victory at Bridgestone Arena on a stormy Friday evening. In a game that saw an extended halftime due to tornadoes in the Nashville area, the Lady Vols rode the senior combination of Glory Johnson and Shekinna Stricklen to the hard-fought victory. Stricklen (18 points -- all in the second half and seven rebounds) and Johnson (15 points and nine rebounds) combined for 33 points and 16 rebounds. 29 of those points and 10 of the boards came in the decisive second half.
The Lady Vols will take on the winner of the final game of the Quarterfinals between #3 Georgia and #6 South Carolina. That game tips at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. CT.
Tennessee's SEC Semifinal game will start at 6 p.m. ET/5 p.m. CT.
The pair combined to score the final 25 points for the Lady Vols, who moved to 22-8. No other Lady Vol scored for the final 11:04 of the contest.
Tennessee has won 19 consecutive second-round games in the SEC Tournament.
Vanderbilt (21-9) was led by Christina Foggie, who had 16 points and Stephane Holzer, who had a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds before fouling out.
Stricklen bombed an NBA-distance 3-pointer with 3:06 left in regulation, with the shot clock expiring, to give the Lady Vols a 64-55 lead.
The senior duo of Stricklen and Johnson keyed a decisive 14-7 spurt as the seniors scored all 14 points in the run to give Tennessee a 59-51 lead with 6:30 left in the second half.
Up one, Stricklen knocked down a 3-pointer with 9:30 left in the second half to give the Vols a 48-44 advantage. Vandy kept battling back but Stricklen answered again with a 3-point play with 8:49 left for a 51-46 lead.
Vanderbilt continued its rally in the second half, coming back to within one point at 41-40, 43-42 and 45-44.
The game featured an extended halftime of about 45 minutes due to a weather delayed caused by tornado warnings in the Nashville area.
Tennessee led 35-27 at halftime thanks to tremendous shooting from the floor coupled with strong defense. The Lady Vols made 53.8 percent from the floor while limiting Vanderbilt to 26.9 percent (7-of-26). Simmons led all scorers with 11 points.
After being down by as many as 19, Vanderbilt cut its deficit to nine with a 10-0 run over 1:30 in the final three minutes of the first half. That spurt was keyed by perfect free-throw shooting as Vanderbilt was 7-of-7 from the line during the 90-second stretch.
Tennessee used a 13-2 run late in the first to build a 32-13 lead with 3:30 left in the half. Meighan Simmons scored eight points in a row in the run as he energized the Lady Vols.
Vanderbilt went without a field goal for nearly 10 minutes, missing 11 field goals in a row after making their first two shots of the game. The drought ended on a Holzer jumper with 9:24 left in the half, cutting the Commodores deficit to seven at 17-10.
Tennessee opened the game sharp from the floor and received some outside shooting from Vicki Baugh, Briana Bass and Cierra Burdick as the Lady Vols held a 17-8 lead with 10:44 left in the first half. Burdick nailed back-to-back jumpers for UT.
2012 SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament
Game 6 – Friday, March 2 –2:30 p.m.
#7 Vanderbilt vs. #2 Tennessee
• Session 3 attendance: 8,594
• There was a 29 minute delay due to weather following the regular halftime break.
• Vanderbilt is now 22-9 on the season, 44-27 all-time in the SEC Tournament
• Sophomore guard Christina Foggie led Vanderbilt with 16 points, the 15th time she has led the team in scoring and 26th double-figure scoring game this season.
• Sophomore guard Jasmine Lister scored 12 points, her 19th double-figure scoring game this season, 42nd for her career.
• Sophomore center Stephanie Holzer had 12 points and a team-high 11 rebounds, her seventh double-double of the season and 11th of her career.
• Tennessee is now 22-8 on the season, 67-17 all-time in the SEC Tournament and will advance to play the winner of Georgia-South Carolina at 5:00 on Saturday.
• The Lady Vols advance to their 19th-consecutive SEC semifinal with the win.
• UT has won eight straight SEC Tournament games.
• Tennessee takes the season series from Vanderbilt 2-1, after each team won the previous meeting at home.
• Senior guard Shekinna Stricklen led Tennessee with 18 points, her 25th game in double-figures this season.
• Senior forward Glory Johnson scored 15 points, her 24th double-figure game.
• Johnson also led UT with 9 rebounds.
• Sophomore guard Meighan Simmons scored 11, her 18th game in double-figures.
• UT’s bench outscored VU’s 22-10, and outscored them in points in the paint, 24-18
• UT won the rebounding battle, 39-31.