On the heels of Tennessee's weekend victories over Eastern Division counterparts No. 8 Florida and South Carolina, junior Kim Patrick was chosen as the Southeastern Conference Player of the Week on Monday.
The forward became the second Lady Vol to earn kudos from the league office this season, as freshman midfielder Sue Flamini received the accolade on Sept. 10.
For her efforts, Patrick was also named Lady Vols Athlete of the Week for the third time this fall in a vote taken by the media relations staff.
Against five-time defending SEC champion Florida on Friday night, Patrick fed freshman Lyndsey Patterson with the pass that led to the fastest goal in school history, a score at 0:29 versus the Gators that provided the hosts with a quick advantage.
Later on, with Tennessee involved in its second consecutive outing that required sudden death, Patrick headed in a cross pass from rookie midfielder Kayla Lockaby for the "Golden Goal" at 96:16. The Pleasanton, Calif., native had also notched the match-winner in UT's 2-1 overtime decision over No. 24 Kentucky on Oct. 14. The Lady Vols' triumph ended Florida's run of 50 straight victories in conference play, just five short of tying the Division I record, and enabled UT to defeat a Top 10 program for the first time.
In addition, the goal represented Patrick's seventh consecutive match reaching the back of the net, to extend her own school mark. She increased her school record to eight consecutive games with at least one point.
As the squad's leading scorer with 22 points on eight goals and six assists, Patrick has been a catalyst in Tennessee's record-tying five straight wins. She also rates among the leaders in SEC action with 13 points on five goals and three assists.
Clausen takes SEC award
Tennessee quarterback Casey Clausen was named the Southeastern Conference Offensive Player of the Week on Monday after leading the Vols to a 35-24 victory at Alabama Saturday.
Clausen completed 21-of-28 passes for 293 yards and two touchdowns and no interceptions against the Crimson Tide. He also rushed for a touchdown, scoring on a 1-yard bootleg play to put UT up for good at 28-24 with 6:06 remaining. Clausen and the Vols' offense controlled the ball for 13:35 seconds in the fourth quarter, scoring on drives of 85 and 72 yards to clinch the Vols' seventh consecutive victory over Alabama.
"I think Casey had an outstanding performance against Alabama," head coach Phillip Fulmer said. "He continues to develop and mature in our offense and he has shown that he can handle some success and has shown that he can handle adversity. Now it is important that he continues on that track of being able to handle even more success well. I would expect anything else from Casey."
Clausen is the third UT player to be honored this season as the SEC's Offensive Player of the Week. Running back Travis Stephens and receiver Kelley Washington also have received the award.
Ikeakor out for two weeks
Sophomore basketball forward Andy Ikeakor will miss at least the next two weeks of action after suffering a mid-foot injury late last week. The Houston, Texas, native will have his injury re-evaluated in two weeks. In the meantime, the 6-foot-8 Ikeakor will wear a cast.
"It is very unfortunate that Andy has this mid-foot injury," Vols coach Buzz Peterson said. "We are hoping that in two weeks we'll be able to get him back. He was just getting in shape and this is certainly a setback for him. With (Marcus) Haislip out for the first few games, we need another big body out there."