KNOXVILLE, TN -- Dubbed "the most challenging week of the season" by UT coach Pat Summitt, the #4-ranked Tennessee Lady Vols (18-2, 5-0 SEC) continues a three game odyssey over six days traveling to Alabama (10-11, 0-6 SEC) in a contest in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Jan. 28, televised by CSS.
This is the Lady Vols' 33rd season under Head Coach Pat Summitt...She has compiled a staggering 931-179 overall record... Is just 69 wins away from a remarkable 1,000 career victories...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 2005-06 squad advanced to the NCAA Elite 8...Finished with a 31-5 overall record and were the SEC Tournament Champions...
This season, UT returned six letterwinners, welcomed a senior manager turned player, two junior college transfers and a pair of rookies...The 2006-07 season marked the Lady Vol debut for former senior manager #10 Elizabeth Curry, JC transfers #00 Shannon Bobbitt and #33 Alberta Auguste...True freshman, #2 Cait McMahan, a 5-4 guard from Maryville, Tenn., and #34 Nicci Moats, a 6-2 forward from Daleville, Va.
Alabama faces its second-straight ranked team this week when the Tide plays host to #4-ranked Tennessee on Jan. 28 in Coleman Coliseum. In their last contest, the Crimson Tide (10-11, 0-6 SEC) hung tough with #8-ranked LSU for nearly 26 minutes, but the Lady Tigers were too strong down the stretch and claimed a 61-54 win in Tuscaloosa on Jan. 21. The Tide, searching for its first SEC win, came out fighting against LSU. Alabama trailed by nine at the half, but pulled within three with just over 14 minutes to play. The Lady Tiger post players put the game out of reach in the final 12 minutes of the contest as LSU pulled down 18 offensive rebounds on the afternoon and outscored the Tide in the paint, 42-14, to key the victory. LSU outscored Alabama, 27-14, in the final 14 minutes of the game. Best for Bama were Navonda Moore and Talisha Chandler. Moore poured in a game-high 19 points, 17 of those coming in the second half, while Chandler scored 14 points and grabbed six rebounds. Tamara Williams posted seven boards to lead the Tide on the glass.
This week, the Lady Vols had a split SEC schedule and stepped out of conference play for one last time during the regular season. On Jan. 22, #1-ranked Duke dropped #4 UT, 74-70, in a "Big Monday" meeting on ESPN2. UT hit the road traveling to #15/14 Vanderbilt on Jan. 25 (a 67-57 win), and now heads to Alabama on Sun., Jan. 28.
A record 21 Lady Vol regular season games are slated for national/regional television this season. Five non-televised games will be available as streaming video with voice-over from Mickey Dearstone on utladyvols.com. UT is 11-2 on TV this season.
ON THIS DAY
UT is 12-4 in games played on Jan. 28. The Lady Vols are 6-1 at home, 5-3 on the road and 1-0 on neutral courts. The last time out on Jan. 28, the Lady Vols registered an 87-70 victory over Old Dominion in Norfolk in 2001.
Last year at this time, the Lady Vols were 18-2 and had just lost at Kentucky, 66-63.