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    The Lady Vols played their 500th game inside Thompson-Boling Arena on Tuesday, and like so many games before it, Tennessee emerged victorious.

    The No. 23 Lady Vols defeated Stetson 73-46 on Tuesday night, improving to 5-0 in the process and getting the program’s first win as a ranked team under first-year head coach Kellie Harper. After the game, Harper addressed the media about her team’s play.

    Harper talked about her team shooting poorly from three in shootaround but shooting well from there in the game, the play of both of her point guards, her team’s defensive philosophy, and much more.

    Here’s everything Kellie Harper had to say after Tennessee’s fifth-straight win to start the season:

    Several of Harper’s players met with the media after the game, too. Here’s everything Rennia Davis, Jazmine Massengill, and Jordan Horston talked about:

      Photo by Caitlyn Jordan/RTI

      Less than 24 hours after being ranked for the first time under Kellie Harper, the No. 23 Lady Vols defeated Stetson 73-46 in a historic night in Thompson-Boling Arena.

      “I thought our team performed better than we performed last week,” Harper said following the game. “That growth was great to see. Our practices leading up to this game, I felt were better, were sharper, a little more motivated. It showed in our play.”

      Jordan Horston got things going early and often for Tennessee (5-0). The freshman point guard led the Lady Vols to a 20-11 lead at the end of the first quarter, scoring 11 points in the opening frame. With six of Tennessee’s seven shots in the quarter coming from the 3-point line, Horston was 3-of-4 from distance.

      Horston finished with 14 points on 5-of-11 shooting, including 4-of-7 from three. She added seven assists, five rebounds, and two steals in 25 minutes.

      Tennessee continued to roll in the second quarter, pushing its lead from seven to 15 by the end of the first half. The Lady Vols led Stetson 39-24 at the break thanks to 14 first half points from Horston and 11 points from Rennia Davis. UT finished the first half on a 13-1 run.

      The second half was similar to the opening half. Tennessee outscored the Hatters 34-22 over the final 20 minutes, closing out the game with a win in its 500th home game ever in Thompson-Boling.

      “Our shootaround today was about as bad 3-point shooting as you could shoot,” Harper laughed. “We did not shoot well in our shootaround today, but they have gotten in the gym a lot.

      “Our players can make shots. They felt good about getting the shot up, and they were taking open looks and knocking them down. I’m not shocked because our players consistently make shots in practice.”

      UT’s defense made life tough on Stetson (2-3) throughout the game. Harper’s bunch held Stetson to 39 percent shooting from the field and 13 percent from the 3-point line. The Hatters were just 2-for-15 from three. On the boards, Tennessee won the rebounding battle 48-32.

      For Stetson, Day’Neshia Banks led the Hatters with 21 points on 7-of-11 shooting. Banks was the high school teammate of Davis at Ribault High School in Jacksonville, Florida. The pair led Ribault to three high school state championships and one national championship.

      “It was fun,” Davis said about playing against her former teammate. “I love to do that, to compete with people that you grew up with and just see the progress that they’ve made.”

      Both Banks and Davis led their respective teams in shooting. While Banks scored the highest total of any player in the game, Davis finished with a team-high 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting for UT. Davis also had five rebounds and two assists in 22 minutes. She even had a chance to dunk the basketball at one point in the game.

      “I honestly could have dunked that one, but I was like, ‘You know what, the game is kind of close right now, so, just let me try to get these easy two points because I could have possibly missed the dunk,'” Davis said. “I got y’all later this season, though.”

      Horston and Davis led Tennessee in scoring, but it was Jazmine Massengill that consistently set up her teammates for success. The sophomore guard scored 12 points, but more importantly, grabbed six rebounds, assisted on five buckets, and picked up two steals.

      “Jazmine’s (Massengill) poise is terrific for our basketball team,” Harper said. “Right now, we have two point guards, Jazmine and Jordan (Horston). I think they bring very different things, and I think that is a good thing. They complement each other well.

      “Jordan is gonna look to make plays, she’s gonna be flashy. And I think Jazmine is a little bit more reserved, being a little bit more cautious. I think it’s a nice balance. Jazmine has done a really good job of communicating with me during games.”

      The Lady Vols will be back in action a week from Tuesday night when they take on Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. ET.

        Photo by Nathanael Rutherford/RTI

        Tennessee hit the practice field on Tuesday afternoon as the Vols continue to prepare for their final road trip of the season to take on Missouri on Saturday.

        In preparation for their last away game this year, Tennessee’s practice on Tuesday was much higher energy than during the bye week. All eyes were on the quarterback position. Jarrett Guarantano had his left hand heavily taped, still wearing his white glove as he took the first reps at quarterback. Brian Maurer took the second-team reps, while J.T. Shrout took the third-team reps.

        Maryland quarterback transfer Kasim Hill, who is redshirting this season due to transfer rules, was wearing No. 7 and imitating Missouri quarterback Kelly Bryant on the scout team.

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        Along the offensive line, Wanya Morris worked at left tackle, Trey Smith worked at left guard, Brandon Kennedy worked at center, Jerome Carvin worked at right guard, and Darnell Wright worked at right tackle.

        Jahmir Johnson (toe) was in full pads along with Wright (knee), going through drills. Dominick Wood-Anderson was also dressed and practicing.

        On the defensive side of the ball, freshman inside linebacker Henry To’o To’o (knee) and sophomore corner Bryce Thompson (knee) were also dressed out and going through drills. Both sustained injuries in Tennessee’s last game against Kentucky.

        The rotation at inside linebacker consisted of Daniel Bituli and To’o To’o working as the first team backers. Redshirt freshman J.J. Peterson, freshman Aaron Beasley, and Solon Page worked in on the second team.



          On Tuesday, several of Tennessee’s players met with the media to discuss the Vols’ final road game of the season, a contest with the Missouri Tigers in Columbia.

          All of the players who met with local reporters on Tuesday were Vol veterans. No freshmen or younger players made an appearance this week, as UT’s more experienced players talked about their seasons, preparing to play on the road one last time this year, how the Vols’ bye week went, and more.

          Here are all of our videos of today’s player interviews.

          Full video of offensive lineman Trey Smith:

          Full video of linebacker Daniel Bituli:

          Full video of wide receiver Marquez Callaway:

          Full video of safety Nigel Warrior:

          Full video of outside linebacker Kivon Bennett:

          Full video of defensive lineman Ja’Quain Blakely:

          Full video of defensive lineman LaTrell Bumphus:

            (Photo via @Donald5Ragsdale on Twitter)

            With last week being Tennessee’s second and final off week of the 2019 season, UT’s coaches were able to go out and visit some recruits. Jeremy Pruitt, Brian Niedermeyer, and other Tennessee coaches were able to go visit prospects all across the country at the beginning of last week and during the weekend. Pruitt and his assistants were also able to watch film of senior highlights and highlights from junior college prospects from the 2019 season, and they evaluated that film and sent out some new offers.

            Tennessee’s coaches offered several 2021, 2022, and 2023 prospects last week, but they also sent out a few offers to some 2020 recruits. Here, we take a look at some of Tennessee’s newest targets in the 2020 recruiting cycle.

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            The Vols sent out offers to two different JUCO running backs during the bye week. On Sunday, November 10th, the Vols sent out an offer to Rachaad White, a 6-foot-1, 197-pound back who plays for Mt. San Antonio College. White is currently committed to UCLA. The next day, UT offered Don Ragsdale, a 5-foot-10, 205-pound running back who plays for Hinds Community College. He’s currently committed to Southern Miss.

            White holds offers from Tennessee, UCLA, and USC among a few other schools. He played for Center High School in Kansas City, Missouri before going the JUCO route. In 10 games this season for the Mounties, White has racked up 1,223 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns on 184 carries, giving him a 6.6 yard per carry average. He’s also caught 23 passes for 184 yards and two scores. He’s eclipsed the 200-yard rushing mark twice this season and has five other games of 100-plus yards rushing.

            UCLA picked up White’s commitment back on October 13th of this year. He’s currently the No. 44 JUCO player and No. 4 JUCO running back on 247Sports.

            As for Ragsdale, Tennessee was his first Power Five offer since he arrived at Hinds. He, just like White, committed on October 13th, pledging himself to Southern Miss.

            Ragsdale played for Pisgah High School in Sandhill, Mississippi and racked up a ton of yards there. As a senior, Ragsdale totaled 3,132 rushing yards and 34 touchdowns on just 257 carries, giving him a 12.2 yard per carry average according to MaxPreps. He did all that a year after amassing 3,081 rushing yards and 38 touchdowns on 311 carries. Ragsdale also played defense for Pisgah, totaling 295 tackles, 34 tackles for loss, 22 sacks, seven fumble recoveries, and three interceptions in his four years.

            Counting his defensive touchdowns, special teams touchdowns, and a touchdown reception, Ragsdale totaled a whopping 99 touchdowns in four years of high school football.

            At Hinds, Ragsdale has continued to gain a lot of yards on the ground, totaling 825 yards and 13 touchdowns on 154 carries in nine games, giving him a 5.4 yard per attempt average. He’s the No. 103 overall JUCO player and No. 7 JUCO running back per the 247Sports Composite rankings.

            Tennessee’s other 2020 offer, Tommy Wright, is a class of 2020 high school prospect who picked up an offer from the Vols last week, getting an offer from UT on November 11th. Wright is currently committed to Appalachian State, pledging himself to the Mountaineers on August 14th of this year. Wright is a 6-foot, 175-pound athlete who plays for Southwest DeKalb in Decatur, Georgia. Wright plays on both offense and defense, but it looks like he’s being mostly targeted on defense and special teams.

            The speedy athlete was timed running an 11.24 second 100-meter back in June of this year, and he currently holds Southwest DeKalb’s school record in the long jump, measuring in at 23-feet-, 11-inches. Wright was voted the Athlete of the Year for 5-AAAAA by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Tuesday. The AJC voted him to the first-team defense as a defensive back, and he was awarded a second-team offense honor as a wide receiver.

            Wright also holds offers from Memphis, Navy, and Army among other schools. The 247Sports rankings have him listed as the No. 743 overall prospect and No. 49 player in the state of Georgia. He’s currently Appalachian State’s highest-rated commit in their 2020 class, a class that includes linebacker Je’Mari Littlejohn — a player Tennessee targeted at one point — and quarterback Navy Shuler — the son of former Vol Heath Shuler.

            Tennessee currently holds commitments from 18 prospects in their 2020 class. The Vols’ 2020 class currently sits at No. 20 in the country and No. 8 in the SEC per the 247Sports rankings.



              Tennessee head football coach Jeremy Pruitt met with the media on Monday for his weekly press conference, and he had plenty to say.

              The Vols may not have played a game on Saturday, but there were still plenty of topics to discuss about UT’s football program. Pruitt gave updates on Tennessee’s quarterback situation, talked about some injured Vols and the health of the team in general, discussed his history with Missouri quarterback Kelly Bryant, and more.

              If you missed Pruitt’s Monday press conference live, you can catch the full replay of his meeting with the media below: