Tennessee (18-9 | 8-6 SEC) vs. Ole Miss (7-20 | 0-14 SEC)
Thursday, February 27th, 2020 | 6:02pm CT
Knoxville, TN | Thompson-Boling Arena
Knoxville, TN – Tennessee Lady Vols basketball (18-9, 8-6 SEC) is back at Thompson-Boling Arena on Thursday night for the final regular season home game. Ole Miss (7-20, 0-14 SEC) comes to town for a 6:02pm CT contest vs. the Lady Vols.
UT and the Rebels met in Oxford, MS, on January 9th, with the Big Orange cruising to an 84-28 victory in the Pavilion at Ole Miss. This will mark the 56th contest in a rivalry that began in 1977. UT leads the series, 47-8, and has won 31 of the past 32.
The Lady Vols are tied for sixth place in the SEC standings with LSU at 8-6, residing two games ahead of Alabama, Florida and Georgia (6-8). Arkansas and Kentucky are a game ahead in a tie for fourth (9-5).
Tennessee snapped a five-game losing skid on Sunday during its toughest stretch of the season, staving off Vanderbilt in Knoxville, 67-63. Ole Miss enters in 14th place in the league and carries a 14-game losing streak into the contest after entering league play with a 7-6 non-conference record.
The Lady Vols’ final three games (Vandy, Ole Miss, Auburn) of the regular season are vs. teams that aren’t ranked. Those come after UT fell to top-25 schools in four of its previous five games. Two of those foes were ranked in the top 10.
Thursday’s game will be streamed by SECN+ with Andy Brock (PxP) and Madison Blevins (Analyst) handling the call.
The contest also can be heard on Lady Vol Network radio stations and by audio stream, with Mickey Dearstone calling the action for the 21st season and Bobby Rader serving as the studio host.
A link to the live audio stream can be found on each game’s Hoops Central page or the Lady Vol schedule on UTSports.com.
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Senior Night For Two Lady Vols
They will be honored prior to the game in an on-court ceremony that begins at 5:40pm CT or with 15:00 minutes remaining on the pregame countdown clock.
Brown, a 6-3 forward from Melbourne, Australia, is a graduate transfer from Washington State who received a sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA after a knee injury prevented her from playing a year ago in her first season at Tennessee. She has started 26 of 27 games for the Lady Vols this season and has been a steadying force for a young team.
Harris, a 6-3 forward from Hampton, Ga., has played in a career-best 25 games for the Lady Vols this season. Recruited for her interior defensive abilities, Harris’ improved shooting range has allowed her to become more of a scoring threat this season.
After seeing limited minutes in her first three years, Harris moved from center to forward and has doubled her minutes played and enjoyed career statistical highs in every category.
Harris earned a degree in recreation and sport management from UT in May 2019. She now is working toward completion of a master’s degree in communication and information with emphasis in journalism and electronic media.
Other Games Info/Promotions
Tickets for Thursday’s game start at $5,00 and are available at AllVols.com.
Doors open at 5:00pm CT and free parking & shuttle service will be available from UT’s Ag Campus beginning at 4:00pm CT.
It’s $1.00 Dog Night. Fans can purchase $1.00 hot dogs until tip-off with a voucher.
Special halftime entertainment is the K9 Crew.
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A Closer Look At Tennessee
The Tennessee Lady Vols’ only losses this season are to nine teams that appear destined for NCAA Tournament bids. Seven of those were ranked, including four that were top-10 ranked teams, when UT played them.
UT has a two-point loss to #16/18 Texas A&M, a four-point setback at #RV/RV LSU and a six-point loss to Texas among its “Ls”.
In the February 24th edition of Bracketology, Charlie Creme has the Lady Vols listed as a No. 11 seed, playing sixth-seeded Princeton in the NCAA First Round in Evanston, IL, as part of the Dallas Regional. The winner would meet No. 3 Northwestern or No. 14 Bucknell in the second round.
The Road Leading Up To This
The Lady Vols surpassed their 2019 SEC win total of seven with a victory over Vanderbilt on Sunday. They take aim at clinching a winning record in league play as well as meeting last year’s season win total of 19 as Ole Miss visits The Summitt for the penultimate game of the regular season.
UT had won six straight SEC contests and stood at 7-1 before dropping five consecutive contests prior to the triumph over Vandy.
Tennessee’s Rennia Davis is averaging 18.1 ppg. in all games and 19.8 ppg. in SEC play, shooting 49.8 percent (103-207) from the field and 83.0 (39-47) percent at the charity stripe vs. league foes.
In SEC play, Burrell also averages 10.8 ppg., and is followed by Horston at 10.5 ppg.
Burrell has started the past five games after coming off the bench the previous 22. She is averaging 14.8 ppg. and 7.6 rpg. over her last five contests and 17.3 ppg. and 8.3 rpg. over her last three.
Horston has come off the bench the last three outings and has produced 10.7 ppg. and 5.0 apg.
Ole Miss has struggled in SEC play, giving up 74.9 ppg. while scoring 49.1 ppg. and shooting 33.6 percent from the field while allowing a 45.9 percentage.
The Rebels have been close to breaking through twice, falling at Florida, 74-72, on February 13th and to Alabama, 57-56, on February 2nd.
Where Do We Go From Here?
After facing Ole Miss, the Lady Vols will close out the regular season on Sunday at Auburn (3:05pm ET/2:05pm CT). That date features whip-around coverage on the SEC Network.
The SEC Tournament is next. It will be held at Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, SC, March 4th-8th.
Ole Miss will close out its season at home vs. in-state rival Mississippi State on Sunday afternoon.
Let’s Not Forget
Tennessee did not begin the season in either the AP or USA TODAY Coaches polls.
UT was picked sixth by the media and seventh by the coaches in the 2019 SEC Preseason Polls.
The Lady Vols returned only two starters and six total letterwinners from last season’s squad.
Six of UT’s 12 players this season had never played in this program before.
All 12 (now 11) active players had never played for first-year head coach Kellie Harper before.
AFTER all of the preseason picks were made, one of UT’s two returning starters, Zaay Green, was lost for the season after two games due to a torn ACL.
With Green’s season-ending injury, Tennessee has lost five of its top six players from a year ago.
Recapping Tennessee’s Last Game
Tennessee held off in-state rival Vanderbilt on Sunday afternoon, winning in Thompson-Boling Arena, 67-63.
Junior forward Rennia Davis led Tennessee (18-9, 8-6 SEC), posting a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman guard Jordan Horston was close behind with 16 points, while sophomore forward Rae Burrell finished with 12 points and nine rebounds.
Chelsie Hall and Mariella Fasoula were the high scorers for Vanderbilt (13-14, 3-11 SEC) with 20 and 18, respectively.
Notes From The Vanderbilt Game
Hot Start Horston
Jordan Horston got off to a fast start on Sunday, hitting three of four attempts in the first quarter and six of 10 in the first half to lead UT with 14 points at the break. She finished with 16 for the game, marking her best scoring effort since dropping 19 on Alabama on January 20th.
With 18 points and 10 rebounds against Vanderbilt, Rennia Davis recorded her 27th career double-double. She is now just two double-doubles away from tying Bashaara Graves for 10th all-time among Lady Vols.
Lou Takes Charge
Lou Brown took her 11th charge of the season against VU. She accounts for 11 of the 15 charges taken by UT this season and is just one charge away from tying the team total of 12 from the 2018-19 season.
UT had six players combine for nine steals against Vanderbilt, tying the team high for the most steals by the Lady Vols in SEC play this season.
Turn ‘Em Over
The Tennessee Lady Vols forced 20 turnovers against Vandy, besting their previous SEC high of 17 turnovers forced. It is the third time this season Tennessee has forced 20 or more turnovers.
Tennessee-Ole Miss Series Notes
UT enters the 56th meeting in the series with a 47-8 edge, including a 21-2 record in games played in Knoxville, a 21-4 mark in Oxford and a 5-2 slate at neutral sites.
Tennessee has won 31 of the last 32 meetings with Ole Miss, with the only setback in that sequence coming in Oxford, 67-62, on January 12th, 2017.
This will mark only the third meeting in which neither of the teams has been ranked in the AP or USA Today Coaches Polls.
The Lady Vols have won 18 straight over the Rebels in Knoxville, with the last Ole Miss victory (69-65) coming on January 31st, 1987, in Stokely Athletics Center.
The Big Orange had been unable to reach 70 points in six of its last seven trips to Oxford until rolling up 81 and 84 in consecutive victories at The Pavilion at Ole Miss in 2019 and 2020.
On January 9th, 2020, Tennessee held Ole Miss to 28 points, which tied for the third fewest UT has allowed in a game and the fewest by an SEC foe.
The Rebels scored only 14 points in the second half of that game, which was the sixth fewest ever tallied in the final 20 minutes by a UT opponent. Ole Miss’ two fourth-quarter points tied for second fewest ever in a quarter by a Big Orange foe.
Tennessee junior Rennia Davis has played well against Ole Miss in three contests, averaging 16.0 points and 7.0 rebounds vs. the Rebels.
UT Head Coach Kellie Harper is 2-0 vs. Ole Miss as a head coach. Harper took Missouri State to Oxford on November 19th, 2015, and came away with a 91-78 victory over the (then) Matt Insell-coached Rebels. Her first UT unit claimed an 84-28 triumph in Oxford on January 9th, 2020.
Harper was 6-1 vs. Ole Miss during her playing days at Tennessee from 1995-99.
About the Ole Miss Rebels
The Rebels returned one starter and four total letterwinners from last season’s squad that went 9-22 overall and 3-13 in the SEC (12th).
Ole Miss was projected to finish 13th in both the 2019-20 preseason SEC coaches and media polls.
Second-year head coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin is in the midst of a rebuild in Oxford and planted seeds for the future with a 2020 signing class that ranks No. 13 in the nation, per espnW HoopGurlz.
Ole Miss is led by 5-8 redshirt junior guard Deja Cage, a transfer from DePaul, who scores 12.3 ppg.
Recapping Ole Miss’ Last Game
A season-best offensive showing in the third quarter helped bridge the gap, but the Ole Miss women’s basketball team was never able to overcome a slow first half as Missouri pulled away toward an 82-67 win on Sunday in Columbia.
Missouri (8-19, 5-9 SEC) was able to stymie the Rebel offense to just 16 points and a 19.4 percent clip from the field in the first half, which would prove to be all the distance the Tigers would need.
Ole Miss received two spectacular individual performances from freshman Jayla Alexander (23 points, five rebounds, two assists, 5-of-12 3FG) and sophomore Taylor Smith (21 points, one rebound, 3-of-7 3FG), who both scored career highs and combined for 44 of the Rebels’ 67 total points.
Last Time Tennessee Played Ole Miss
No. 23/24 Tennessee picked up its second SEC win of the season on January 9th, 2020, rolling past Ole Miss, 84-28, in Oxford.
Junior Rennia Davis led the Lady Vols (12-3, 2-1 SEC) with 17 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Freshman Jordan Horston narrowly missed a double-double, finishing with 11 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. Freshman Jessie Rennie also was in double figures with 11 points, shooting a perfect 3-of-3 from behind the arc and 2-of-2 from the free-throw line.
Ole Miss (8-8, 0-3 SEC) was paced by Dominique Banks with 12 points and Jayla Alexander with nine.
UT Lady Vols Last Game Against Ole Miss in Knoxville
Freshman forward Rennia Davis tied her career high with 18 points and senior forward Jaime Nared recorded her eighth double-double of the season to lead the 10th-ranked Tennessee women’s basketball team to a 75-66 victory over Ole Miss on January 25th, 2018, at Thompson-Boling Arena.
The Lady Vols held the Rebels to just 37 percent shooting and finishing the game with a 20-4 edge in fast-break points.
Nared’s 15-point, 10-board double-double was the 17th of her career, while Davis matched her season-best scoring output from the Alabama State game on December 3rd.