Tennessee (2-1) vs. Furman (1-2)
Thursday, December 10th, 2020 | 6:02pm CT
Knoxville, TN | Thompson-Boling Arena
Knoxville, TN – Tennessee Women’s Basketball (2-1) is back in action at Thompson-Boling Arena on Thursday, December 10th playing its third home game of the 2020-21 campaign, as Furman (1-2) comes to town for a 6:00pm CT contest.
The UT Lady Vols needed a game to fill a void, and Furman found itself in the same position after Stetson had to cancel its contest this week vs. the Paladins.
UT is coming off a hard-fought, 79-73 overtime loss at West Virginia on Sunday in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge and will face its second Big 12 foe in three games when it plays Texas in Austin on Sunday at 5:00pm ET (4:00pm CT) on ESPN.
The Lady Vols have home victories under their belts vs. Western Kentucky (87-47) and ETSU (67-50) and are next slated to appear at T-BA on December 20th, as Jackson State provides UT its final foe before the holiday break.
Furman, which has not yet played a game on its campus in 2020-21, is coming off a 78-59 setback in Atlanta vs. Georgia State on Sunday.
The Paladins opened the season with an 83-43 loss at Clemson on November 25th and claimed their lone victory at Georgia Southern on December 3rd, 73-58. With its next scheduled contest set for December 13th at Elon, Furman isn’t expected to make its home debut until a December 16th meeting with Converse.
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Thursday’s game will be live streamed by SECN+ with Bob Kesling (PxP) and Andraya Carter (analyst) on the call.
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The contest also can be heard on Lady Vol Network radio stations and by audio stream, with Mickey Dearstone behind the microphone. Now calling the action for his 22nd season, Dearstone is joined by studio host Bobby Rader.
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Quick Glance At The Lady Vols
UT is led in scoring by junior guard/forward Rae Burrell, who is putting up 18.7 ppg. and shooting 46 percent from the field and 77 percent from the free throw line. She averaged 10.5 ppg. and shot 60 at the line a year ago.
Senior Rennia Davis, who is on all of the preseason watch lists and a projected All-SEC First Team pick by the coaches and players, is second in scoring (11.0 ppg.) and ties for the team lead in boards at 6.7 rpg.
Sophomore Jordan Horston, an SEC All-Freshman performer a year ago, has come on during the past two games and is third in scoring at 9.7 ppg. and leads UT in assists average (3.7) and steals average (3.0) as a reserve.
Tennessee enters game four with 10 players averaging better than 11 minutes of duty per game and eight averaging at least 5.0 points per contest.
Green (grad. transfer), Suárez (freshman) and Walker (grad transfer) are in their first season at Tennessee.
Green (7.7 ppg.), Suárez (7.0 ppg.) and Walker (5.7 ppg.) are UT’s fourth, fifth and sixth-leading scorers.
Suárez is tied for second in rebound average (6.7), while Walker is second in assist average (3.0).
Recapping UT Lady’s Last Game
Junior Rae Burrell and sophomore Jordan Horston combined for 17 fourth-quarter points, but it wasn’t enough to give UT the win as the Lady Vols suffered their first loss of the season, falling to WVU on the road in overtime, 79-73.
Burrell was Tennessee’s (2-1) high scorer with 18 points, nine of which came in the fourth quarter and included a 7-of-8 effort at the free-throw line. Horston and Keyen Green were also in double figures, notching 13 and 12, respectively.
West Virginia (4-0) was led by Kysre Gondrezick with 27 points and five assists. Madisen Smith also had a good outing, tallying 16 points and six assists.
About the Furman Paladins
Furman is led by 5-foot-9 redshirt senior wing Tierra Hodges, who is averaging a double-double of 16.0 ppg. and 14.3 rpg.
Also scoring in double figures for the Paladins are 5-9 freshman guard Tate Walters (14.0 ppg.) and 6-0 freshman wing Sydney James (11.3 ppg.)
With a scoring average of 58.3 ppg., Furman is shooting only 34 percent from the field and 31 percent on threes.
Furman returned nine letterwinners and two starters from last season’s 19-12/8-6 squad that tied for fourth in the Southern Conference.
Leading the Paladins is 11th-year head coach Jackie Carson, a Furman alum who is 164-152 during her tenure at Greenville, SC, school.
Recapping Furman’s Last Game
Georgia State used a strong first half and solid 3-point shooting to pave the way to a 78-59 victory over visiting Furman on Sunday.
The Panthers (2-1) outscored the Paladins (1-2) 26-9 in the second quarter to take a 42-19 lead into intermission and were never threatened over the game’s final 20 minutes.
Furman got a game-high 23 points and 14 rebounds from senior small forward Tierra Hodges, who registered her third double-double in the Paladins’ three games this season. Freshman Tate Walters followed up her 25-point performance in Thursday’s win at Georgia Southern with a 15-point effort.
The Paladins shot just 32.3 percent, making good on 20-of-63 attempts, and committed 18 turnovers.
The Last Time UT and Furman Met
Semeka Randall led four Lady Vols in double figures, as second-ranked Tennessee rolled past Furman, 90-38, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Knoxville on March 18th, 2000.
Randall fired in 17 points, while Tamika Catchings contributed a 14-point, 14-rebound double-double to propel UT to a 50-14 halftime lead and victory number 29 on the season.
Gwen Jackson tossed in 14 points, while Kara Lawson added 10 to round out Big Orange scorers in double digits.
UT held the Paladins to 20.3 shooting from the field, then an NCAA tourney record for lowest field goal percentage in a game.
UT/Furman Series History
Tennessee leads the all-time series with the Paladins, 4-0.
The Lady Vols are 1-0 vs. Furman in games played in Knoxville.
UT is 3-0 vs. the Paladins in neutral-site games, which all happened to take place at the Winthrop Invitational in 1973, 1974 and 1976.
UT and Furman last met on March 18th, 2000, in the NCAA First Round at Thompson-Boling Arena, with the second-ranked Lady Vols cruising to a 90-38 victory.
Paladins coach Jackie (Smith) Carson played for Furman in that 2000 contest on The Summitt, tallying five points, eight rebounds and a blocked shot in 28 minutes of action.
This marks the second game this season vs. a team from the Southern Conference. UT defeated East Tennessee State on December 1st in the second contest of the year, 67-50.
The Lady Vols are 65-20-1 all-time vs. schools from the Southern Conference through that game with the Buccaneers.