(1) Stetson 34

(20-13, 14-7 A-Sun)

(16) Tennessee 99

(32-2, 16-0 SEC)

    11:05 AM ET, March 19, 2011

    Thompson-Boling Arena, Knoxville, Tennessee

    1 2 T
    #1STET 20 1434
    #16TENN 55 4499

    Top Performers

    Stetson: V. McGowan 7 Pts, 7 Reb, 1 Ast

    Tennessee: S. Stricklen 15 Pts, 1 Reb, 2 Ast

    Stetson-Tennessee Preview

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Fans of the Lady Volunteers travel so well that Tennessee forward Glory Johnson says if they played on another planet at least one carload would show up.

    "We'd make it there ... and everyone would be wearing an orange shirt," Johnson said.

    She won't have to worry about that now, at least not in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

    The No. 1-seeded Lady Vols (31-2) will be playing in front of thousands of their own fans on their home court named "The Summitt" in honor of their coach. They've won 34 straight there and have never lost a first- or second-round NCAA game in Knoxville in 36 tries.

    No. 16 seed Stetson hopes to interrupt those streaks Saturday.

    Stetson coach Lynn Bria warned her players not to get too caught up in Tennessee's tradition. After all, the only Lady Vols team the Hatters are playing is the 2010-11 version.

    But senior guard Tierra Brown enjoys the idea of going against a team that has eight national championships.

    "I came in just wanting to take in the whole experience and take in Tennessee," she said. "I grew up being a Tennessee fan. I think it's better for me to come in and look at the (championship) banners and look at all the history. To just have the opportunity to beat the No. 1 team, it gets me a little more pumped up for the game."

    Stetson (20-12) earned its spot in the tournament after winning the Atlantic Sun tournament. The Hatters were nearly done in the semifinals until Victoria McGowan hit a 55 footer as the clock expired, sending them to a 48-46 win over Belmont.

    The Hatters had been picked to finish second from last in the conference but beat Jacksonville 69-50 in the championship, so they don't have a problem as the underdog.

    "Certainly nobody thinks we're going to win" against Tennessee, Bria said. "We're used to it This isn't a position we haven't been in all year. We had confidence before (McGowan's shot), but for her to even take that shot showed that we believe we can win if there's time on the clock."

    Tennessee coach Pat Summitt doesn't want to think about the prospect of her team losing an NCAA tournament game at home. She's only lost one first-round game before -- in 2009 to Ball State -- and doesn't want to be in that position again.

    She's got a lot to be confident about with the Lady Vols coming off an undefeated Southeastern Conference season and an SEC tournament championship that saw her team shot 70.4 percent in the second half of a 90-65 victory against Kentucky in the championship game.

    "I'm just trying to hold onto the positives and think about what we have to do to prepare," Summitt said. "It would not be a pretty scene. I have a lot of confidence in the maturity of our team."


    Gameday Matchup

    Avg Points66.379.2
    Avg Points Allowed63.655.6
    Home Record11-515-0
    Road Record6-711-1
    Current StreakW5W22

    School Info

    Conference Atlantic Sun SEC
    Nickname Hatters Lady Vols
    Type Private Public


    » Mar 19, 2011 @TENN 99, STET 34Recap | Box Score

    Starting Lineup

    STET (PPG)
    TENN (PPG)
    C  N. Graboski F  A. Bjorklund
    C  J. Conner NA  G. Johnson
    F  S. Sims NA  S. Stricklen
    NA  V. McGowan NA  T. Spani
    G  T. Brown G  M. Simmons