KNOXVILLE – The Tennessee Lady Volunteers will face the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports South. We’ll bring you an in-arena take.
6:58 pm – Warm reception for one-time Tennessee commit and Georgia Tech freshman Kaela Davis. Her brother, AJ, is a freshman on the men’s team here.
7:00 pm – Tennessee’s pre-game announcements are amongst the best in the business.
7:03 pm – Love that the Lady Vol fans stay standing and cheering until the team scores their first point.
7:06 pm – Meighan Simmons’ jump shot is just as deadly as it was at USA Basketball years ago. A look at Simmons from the Trials
7:10 pm – A 50/50 blocking call on Cierra Burdick sends Tech’s Aaliyah Whiteside to the line and sets the UT crowd into a frenzy.
7:12 pm – There is a reason why Tennessee Soph. Bashaara Graves was named SEC Freshman of the Year in 2012-13. Her post footwork is incredible.
7:13 pm – Tennessee Jr. Isabelle Harrison has come a long way offensively. After watching assistant Dean Lockwood’s post work earlier today, I can see why she’s so productive these days.
7:15 pm – Tennessee leads 12-5 at the first media timeout.
7:17 pm – Tech’s Sydney Wallace hits a 3-pointer to cut it to 12-8.
7:18 pm – First time tonight that Tennessee coach Holly Warlick shows her disagreement with an officials call.
7:19 pm – Graves scores again in the paint. No surprise there.
7:20 pm – ProspectsNation.com No. 1 ranked class of 2016 point Crystal Dangerfield of Murfreesboro, Tenn., is in the building for this one.
7:21 pm – Georgia Tech has committed eight team fouls in just 6:25 of game play. RS Fr. Andraya Carter calmly knocks down both shots in the one-and-one.
7:22 pm – Graves with an offensive rebound and a put back. Think this will be a reoccurring theme tonight.
7:23 pm – Carter back at the line and makes one of two. It’s 19 to 8 in favor of the Lady Vols.
7:24 pm – Tough dribble drive by paper writer free Davis draws a shooting foul on UT. She makes both shots. 19 to 10.
7:25 pm – Simmons from the corner for a 3-pointer. Give an assist to Carter. 22 to 10 UT. Wait a second, Wallace answers with a 3 of her own. 22 to 13.
7:26 pm – Fr. Post Mercedes Russell gets involved for the Lady Vols off of a nice feed from fellow Fr. Jordan Reynolds. Both hail from Oregon. Call it the “Oregon Connection.” 24-13 Lady Vols.
7:27 pm – The “Oregon Connection” strikes again. An article on Russell from her commitment to Tennessee: Analysis: The Russell Impact 26-13.
7:31 pm – A media timeout can’t cool Tennessee off. They score again. 28-13.
7:33 pm – Harrison with a free throw to make it 29-13. An ensuing UT foul on a loose ball sends us to the under-8 minute TO.
7:35 pm – Tennessee’s ball pressure is smothering. Not only do they make the first shot hard but they limit second shots.
7:38 pm – Davis follows a Whiteside basket with a basket of her own. She draws the foul and gets three the hard way. 29-18 UT.
7:39 pm – Tennessee Jr. guard Ariel Massengale is right back at Tech with a 3-pointer. She shot it great against Carolina last Monday and was a shooter even in her HS days. 31-18 UT. Whiteside answers with two free throws. 31-20.
7:40 pm – Andraya Carter with an offensive rebound and pass to Russell for a layup. Carter is one of the best rebounding perimeter threats in the country. Like Massengale, this didn’t happen overnight. 33-20.
7:42 pm – Simmons with two free throws to make it 35-20. This game was so highly touted that fellow TeamPSB members Keil Moore and Chris Hansen made the trip as well.
7:43 pm – Davis just hit a 3-pointer from darn near Chattanooga. 35-23 UT. Graves right back for two of her own. Gives her 10 on the night to go along with seven rebounds. 37-23.
7:45 pm – Carter takes a charge to give the Lady Vols the ball back.
7:49 pm – Graves again. Now with 12 points, 10 boards on the night. Hold on, make it 13 and 14. Still 2:51 to play in the first half. 41-23 UT.
7:51 pm – Whiteside help me write essay with two more free throws then Jasmine Jones scores for Tennessee. Before I can type the score, Whiteside hits a 15 footer. 43-27 UT.
7:53 pm – Give Whiteside two more from the charity stripe. She has 10 joining Davis as the two Yellow Jackets in double figures. 43-29 UT.
7:54 pm – Jones hits a free throw then Tech’s Ty Marshall gets a basket. Tech’s Dawyn Maye follows that with a basket of her own giving the Jackets their first real sign of life since the early stages of this one. 44-33 UT.
7:56 pm – Davis finishes off the half with a tough layup against Nia Moore to put Tech within ten at 44-35 in favor of the home team.
8:15 pm – Whiteside starts the second half where she left off in the first – making shots. This time it’s a 3 that cuts the game to 44-38. Graves responds with a layup. 46-38 UT.
8:18 pm – Nice interior passing gets Russell an easy touch but Marshall counters with a open splash. 48-41.
8:20 pm – Carter is a real X-Factor for this group. Checks in and hits a 3. Davis comes back with a basket of her own. Graves wastes no time in finding another offensive rebound and a outback. 53-43 UT.
8:22 pm – The scoring pace has gotten back to Tennessee’s liking. Burdick scores a two after Maye finished an open court layup for Tech. 55-45 UT.
8:25 pm – After a media timeout, Carter is guarding Davis. Former Buford HS teammates going at it here.
8:26 pm – Graves with another finish. 20 and 15 for her. Davis then banks in a 3-pointer. 57-48 UT.
8:27 PM – Russell with a nice layup inside off of a feed from Graves. Davis gets fouled on the other end and hits both. 59-50 UT with 12:40 left.
8:28 pm – Simmons with a backdoor cut for a layup. Tech finds a basket from Wallace. Davis hits a 3. Simmons gets a transition layup. 63-55 UT.
8:30 pm – Davis is HOT – another 3. Gives her 25 on the night with 10:41 to go. Under 12 minute timeout.
8:33 pm – Tennessee responded with a flurry led by an Ariel Massengale ghostwriter services us finish at the rim. 68-60.
8:39 pm – Wallace hits back iron and drops in a 3-pointer to cut it to 68-63. The crowd is fully engaged at this point. Awesome atmosphere.
8:44 pm – Carter with a nice attack to the rim after a Tech miss. Layup good. 70-63 UT.
8:48 pm – Wallace with a nice right to left crossover to hit a 15 foot pull up. 70-65 UT.
8:50 pm – Graves with a free throw. 21 and 17 for her. Massengale gets the ball back and hits a 17 footer in transition. That’s that pro ball stuff there. She knows the time/score and seizes an opening. 73-65 UT.
8:52 pm – Another possession, another Massengale pull up jumper. WNBA GM’s have to love seeing that on film. 75-65 UT.
8:53 pm – Harrison makes two free throws. She has 9 points and 16 rebounds with 4:27 to play. 77-65 UT.
8:58 pm – Russell with a basket after a Harrison free throw. That makes 12 points, 4 boards for Russell on the night so far. 80-65 UT.
9:00 pm – Back to back baskets by Whiteside and Marshall are followed by one from Burdick. Hold on, it’s Marshall again. 84-71 UT with 1:57 to play. The stands are beginning to clear out as the Lady Vols appear to have this one in hand.
9:01 pm – Graves with two more free throws to extend it to an 86-71 lead for the Vols. What a MONSTER night she’s had here for the home crowd.
9:05 pm – Marshall with another easy basket for the Yellow Jackets and Davis follows it up with a tough layup and subsequent And1 free throw on Graves but it’s late now. 86-76 UT.
9:08 pm – That’s the ball game and Tennessee gets a quality non-conference win over Georgia Tech 87-76. Tennessee has looked good through the first two weeks of the season.
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