With 24 seconds left on the clock and Tennessee leading 87-76, Ariel Massengale grabbed a game-icing rebound. The rebound was only fitting as it was one of Tennessee's 65 rebounds on the night, a drastic difference from Georgia Tech's 38.
"I think we found out why today Tennessee is No. 4 in the country," said Georgia Tech head coach MaChelle Joseph. "I was impressed by their post play, and they are one of the best rebounding teams in the country."
The team combined for 33 offensive rebounds, pulling in 20 in the first half and 13 in the second, thanks to the career-highs in rebounds by Bashaara Graves and Isabelle Harrison.
The 33 offensive rebounds were the team's most since accumulating 34 against Arkansas on Jan. 10, 2000.
Carter steps up
The Lady Vols got more production from their freshmen on Sunday night as Andraya Carter submitted another solid night with 23 minutes, eight points and two steals.
"Andraya is not a selfish player," UT head coach Holly Warlick said. "She just does the dirty work and seems to get a rebound or a basket whenever we need her to. I love the spirit about her and she is a special young lady. How she can contribute to the team is what means the most to her."
A Family Affair
Georgia Tech's Kaela Davis led the scoring on the night, pouring in 28 points on 9-of-20 shooting.
Her efficient and balanced attack was critical for the Yellow Jackets and kept the game a heated contest well into the second half.
In attendance was her twin brother, A.J. Davis, who is a freshman on the UT men's basketball team.
When asked if she saw him in the crowd, Kaela Davis answered with a smile.
"I definitely noticed that," Kaela Davis said. "He's always supportive, so that meant a lot for me to have him here."
The former UT recruit and No. 2 prospect in the country, the Yellow Jacket freshman also talked about her first experience in Knoxville.
"Tennessee always has the greatest fans and brings out the biggest crowds."
On the night, the Lady Vols shot a woeful 30-of-79 from the field for a lowly 38 percent. Despite the shooting struggles, the team was still able to post 87 points.
"We are confident despite missing shots because half the time we are rebounding those misses and putting them back up and in," Carter said.
On a night where the Lady Vols crashed the boards and filled the paint, the outside shot was also an afterthought. As a team, the girls shot only 15.4 percent from 3-point range on 2-of-13 shooting.