Meighan Simmons poured in 18 points to lead six Tennessee
players in double figures as the 13th-ranked Lady Vols roared past
No. 18 Texas 94-75 on Sunday in Austin.
Tennessee (7-1) shot 46.8 percent from the floor and held the
Longhorns to 34.3 shooting in winning for the fourth straight year
Ariel Massengale and Taber Spani had 15 points apiece for
Tennessee and Cierra Burdick and Bashaara Graves scored 14 each.
Graves also had 10 rebounds. Jasmine Jones added 10 points and nine
rebounds for the Lady Vols.
Simmons, who is from Cibolo, Texas, about 45 minutes from
Austin, showed the nerves associated with playing before her
friends and family in the opening 10 minutes. But she settled down
and spurred the Lady Vols at the end of the first half and the
beginning of the second.
Chassidy Fussell led the Longhorns (6-2) with 31 points.
Fussell, a native of Troy, Tenn., missed the last two games with a
head injury. She was 10 of 10 from the free-throw line on Sunday
and recorded the third 30-plus performance of her career and the
first for a Longhorn this season.
Nneka Enemkpali was the only other Longhorn player to score in
double figures with 15 points and eight rebounds. Texas had 17
turnovers to Tennessee’s 12.
Texas shot 25 percent and trailed 45-27 at halftime. The
Longhorns cut the Tennessee lead to 78-68 on Fussell’s 3-pointer
with 6:57 to play before the Lady Vols finished the game with a
Tennessee leads the series against Texas 22-12 and the Lady Vols
are 52-17 all-time against Big 12 teams. The victory was
Tennessee’s third win this season against a ranked opponent on the
road. Tennessee is now 4-0 against ranked teams in 2012.
This was the Lady Vols’ first game in two weeks and was
Tennessee’s seventh consecutive win after a season-opening loss to
Texas has lost two of three after starting the season 4-0.
Spani came off the bench to lead the Lady Vols in the first
half, scoring all 15 of her points helped by a 3-for-3 showing from
the behind the 3-point line.