Junior point guard Ariel Massengale continued her strong offensive efforts Thursday night, pouring in a team-high 23 points and a career-high seven rebounds.
"Just tried to go out there and play hard and get after it," said Massengale. "Whatever it takes for this team to win, I'm willing to do."
Massengale's hot hand comes in the wake of a career-high 28 points against Georgia on Sunday. The consecutive 20-point games are the first time in Massengale's career that she achieved that feat.
Massengale's play was not lost on Ole Miss head coach Matt Insell.
"I think Massengale is the key to Tennessee's success," Insell said. "They will go as far as she will take them. She has taken her game to the next level. Her work ethic is something that separates her and allows her to take it to the next level. As long as she keeps playing like this, they have a good chance to go to Nashville.
Despite the 24-point victory, head coach Holly Warlick felt the team's effort was unsatisfactory, voicing her frustration following the game.
"We played two hours harder in practice than we did tonight in the game," Warlick said. "If they don't defend somebody they're coming out. If they don't rebound, they're coming out. If they don't box out they're coming out. I don't care if it's a revolving door. The only way I can get my point across is to sit them on the bench. If I'm not satisfied with what's going on, then I'm going to pull you."
Andraya Carter also voiced the coach's frustration in her team after the game.
"Coach Warlick wasn't too happy," said Carter. "She just expects us to play with a ton of energy."
Lady Vols welcome five millionth fan
Thursday night's tilt against Ole Miss was a historic night for the University of Tennessee as Thompson-Boling Arena welcomed its five millionth fan to a Lady Vols basketball game. The lucky winner was Amanda Humphrey, who won the tickets through a twitter trivia question provided by the Lady Vols' twitter account @LadyVol_Hoops.
Back from the Graves
Although she didn't start, Graves did return to the floor Thursday, posting eight points and four rebounds in 17 minutes.
During the Lady Vols' upset loss to LSU on Jan. 2, Graves strained her right calf, forcing her to miss the majority of the game.
In Sunday's contest against Georgia, Graves again was injured, leaving early with a back injury.
Winning ways continue
The Lady Vols continued their dominance over the Rebels, extending their winning streak versus Ole Miss to 25-straight games. Tennessee has not lost to Ole Miss since Feb. 4, 1996, and the Rebels have not won in Knoxville since Jan. 31, 1987.