The University of Tennessee women are ranked 4th in the Division 1 standings posted February 28.
The Lady Vols are sitting with an SEC conference record of 16-0 and overall record of 28-2. Tennessee, led by head coach Pat Summitt, has always strove to have a strong program and that is evident in the accolades of the coach and team.
The Season So Far
The Lady Vols continue to have an impressive season, with their only losses coming from 3rd ranked Baylor and Georgetown. Most games Tennessee has played have been won by margins of 10 or more points, none ever having a close final score. This team will either win or lose strong, but nothing in between. They have one more game to play before the SEC tournament and then the NCAA tournament.
Tennessee has won 34 consecutive home games making it the fourth longest home winning streak of all-time. This season has also brought them an eight game winning streak while on the road.
The Lady Vols continue to develop and produce quality players and this season is no different. Led on the court by Glory Johnson and Shekinna Stricklen, with honorable mentions for Meighan Simmons and Angie Bjorklund.
About The Team
All-time winningest Head coach Pat Summitt leads the University of Tennessee. She has been with the Lady Vols for almost four decades and has a record anyone would be envious of. 1,065 wins and only 196 losses, eight NCAA Championships, 29 SEC titles, back-to-back titles, eight SEC Coach of the Year awards, and a 100% graduation rate for student-athletes who have completed eligibility at UT are only part of the impressive record Summit has made for herself.
On the court, juniors Glory Johnson and Shekinna Stricklen lead the Lady Vols, with Meighan Simmons and Angie Bjorklund also contributing. Johnson was recently named SEC Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for the fourth time, making her the only player to be selected more than twice this season. In addition to this, she scored her 1,000th career point against Georgia, and 10th double-double against LSU.
She was selected to the SEC First Team and SEC All-Defensive Squad. Stricklen was named SEC Player of the Year, chosen to be on the SEC All-First Team, led the team in scoring while playing four positions, and 10 double-doubles, 20th career double-double. Senior Angie Bjorklund has started 110 games and has made 284 three-pointers of her career.
Freshman Meighan Simmons received SEC Freshman of the Year honors, selected as SEC Freshman of the Week three times, SEC All-Freshman team, and All-SEC Second Team. In addition to this she was third in UT scoring and 3.4 assists per game.
About The School
The University of Tennessee has several different campuses throughout the state and is present in all 95 different counties throughout Tennessee.
What started out as a Methodist private school, has turned into a 49,000 person student body with about 10,000 UT graduates. There are over 300 degree programs and according to U.S. News & World it is ranked 47th out of all public universities and among the best graduate programs in the nation.
UT has a reputation for producing quality players and for playing a high standard of basketball. This is evident through everything this team has accomplished, past and present. Not only is UT focused on athletics, they have also built a quality academic program that anyone would be proud to attend.