Feb. 16, 2009

Courtesy of Tennessee Athletics

The #15/18-ranked Tennessee Lady Vols (18-6, 7-3 SEC) step outside of conference play one final time to entertain the #4/10-ranked Duke Blue Devils (20-3, 8-2 ACC) at Thompson-Boling Arena on Mon., Feb. 16. The game is a part of the WBCA initiative -- "PINK ZONE" -- with Lady Vol and Duke fans in attendance sporting one of 13,000 pink or white t-shirts. ESPN2 has the "Big Monday" telecast at 7:30 p.m.


This is the Lady Vols' 35th season under Head Coach Pat Summitt...She has compiled a staggering 1,001-188 overall record... Registered her record-breaking 1,000th win over Georgia, 73-43, on Feb. 3, 2008 in Knoxville... Collected her 900th coaching win with a 80-68 decision over #19-ranked Vanderbilt on Jan. 19, 2006... She passed Dean Smith (879 wins) for most NCAA collegiate basketball wins of all-time with a 75-54 victory over Purdue on Mar. 22, 2005 ...Her 2006-07 and 2007-08 squads were crowned as the NCAA Champions producing the program's seventh and eighth titles...Last season, UT fi nished with a 36-2 overall record and were also the SEC Tournament Champions... This season, UT returned fi ve letterwinners, a redshirt freshman and welcomed a talented six-pack rookie class...The 2008-09 season marked the Lady Vol debut for freshmen: #1 Briana Bass, a 5-2 guard from Indianapolis, Ind., #10 Amber Gray, a 6-1 forward/center from West Chester, Ohio, #15 Alicia Manning, a 6-1 guard/forward from Woodstock, Ga., #25 Glory Johnson, a 6-3 forward from Knoxville, Tenn., #33 Alyssia Brewer, a 6-3 forward from Sapulpa, Okla. and #40 Shekinna Stricklen, a 6-2 guard/forward from Morrilton, Ark. A redshirt freshman, #52 Kelley Cain, a 6-6 center from Atlanta, Ga., restarted her rookie season after undergoing surgery in December 2007.

The #4/10-ranked Duke Blue Devils come to town on Mon., Feb. 16 for an ESPN2 and "Pink Zone" game. On Thurs., Feb. 19, the Lady Vols will travel to Lexington for a second meeting and "Pink Zone" game with Kentucky. Earlier, UT took the fi rst contest, 69-64 on Jan. 8. The week wraps up with a visit from Mississippi State on Sun., Feb. 22 at 3 p.m. UT defeated MSU, 63-56 in Starkville on Jan. 15.


UT is 16-0 all-time on February 16 featuring a 7-0 record at home, a 7-0 slate on the road and a 2-0 mark on neutral courts. The last time the Lady Vols were in action on this date, Tennessee defeated Georgia, 58-55, in Athens, Ga., in 2006.


Last year at this time, the #1-ranked Lady Vols were 22-2 (8-1 SEC) on the campaign after losing to #7-ranked LSU, 78-62, in Knoxville.


Currently, 21 Lady Vol regular season games are slated for television this season. Upcoming TV games include: Duke (ESPN2) and Kentucky (FS-South). Last season, UT had a school record 36 national television appearances. UT is 12-6 in TV games this year.