No. 7/7 Tennessee (11-0) is in the midst of an eight-day West Coast trip, concluding it on Thursday evening vs. No. 18/24 Stanford (6-5) at Maples Pavilion. Tip time is 6 p.m. PT (9 ET).
UT will be looking to snap a five-game venue losing streak at Maples, last winning on Stanford’s home court on Dec. 4, 2005. The Lady Vols will be aiming to go 12-0 for only the fifth occasion in school history and for the first time during the Holly Warlick era.
The last time Tennessee began a season 12-0, the Lady Vols extended the streak to 18 games before finally falling during the 2005-06 season en route to a 31-5 overall record. Incidentally, that was the last time UT beat the Cardinal in Maples.
Tennessee enters on the heels of a 90-61 victory at Long Beach State on Sunday afternoon. The game was UT’s first true road contest of the season, with the only other games away from Knoxville coming at the Cancun Challenge on November 23-25.
Stanford stands 6-5 after beating UNLV, 74-33, on Dec. 16 and then unexpectedly dropping a 71-64 home decision to Western Illinois on Monday night. The Cardinal, which has played a tough non-conference schedule, previously lost at Ohio State, vs. UConn (in Columbus, Ohio), vs. Ohio State (in Las Vegas) and at Baylor.
Lady Vol reserve Kasiyahna Kushkituah and Cardinal back-up Maya Dodson were teammates at St. Francis High School in Alpharetta, Ga., helping that suburban Atlanta program to two state titles.
Krista Blunk (play-by-play) and Mary Murphy (analyst) will describe the action for the Tennessee-Stanford television broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks.
Mickey Dearstone is handling the call for IMG College/Lady Vol Network radio/online broadcasts for the 19th season. A link to the live audio stream can be found on each game’s Hoops Central page or the Lady Vol schedule on UTSports.com.
Air time for games on the Lady Vol Radio Network generally occurs 30 minutes prior to tip-off.
The Lady Vols will head off for a brief winter break following this contest, catching their breath before embarking on their Southeastern Conference slate.
Tennessee will conclude a three-game string of road games at Kentucky on Dec. 31 (Noon, Rupp Arena, SEC Network), opening league play against the Wildcats.
The Lady Vols will be back in action at home on Jan. 4, as Auburn comes to town for UT’s first game of 2018 and the second contest of the SEC schedule. Tip time is 7 p.m., and the game can be seen on SEC+ (WatchESPN).
At 11-0, the Lady Vols are in the midst of their longest winning streak since reeling off 25 in a row from Dec. 18, 2010 to March 28, 2011.
On Dec. 10, UT got its biggest home win since beating (then) No. 3/2 Stanford on Dec. 19, 2010, as the Lady Vols outlasted No. 2/4 Texas, 82-75.
For that signature win, Tennessee was chosen NCAA Team of the Week. while senior forward Jaime Nared was named the U.S. Basketball Writers Association Ann Meyers Drysdale National Player of the Week, the SEC Player of the Week and the College Sports Madness National and SEC Player of the Week.
The Big Orange women have won nine of 11 games by double-digit margins, including by 43 vs. Central Arkansas and 53 vs. Alabama State, 62 vs. Troy and 29 vs. Long Beach State in four of their last five games.
They’ve scored 100 or more points three times in a season for the first time since doing so in 2010-11. UT hasn’t had more than three 100+ games in a campaign since hitting that mark four times in 2000-01. The Big Orange record for 100-point efforts in a year is seven in 1987-88.
Holly Warlick has started the same five players every game thus far. That quintet includes Jaime Nared and Rennia Davis at the forward positions, Mercedes Russell at center and Evina Westbrook and Meme Jackson at guard.
Russell has led Tennessee in scoring five times, while Nared has done so four times, Hayes twice, and Davis and Meme Jackson once each.
Tennessee has allowed only one opponent this season to shoot better than 38 percent (Marquette, .437, fourth game).

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