No. 13 Tennessee women hold off James Madison 81-69

BY foxsports • November 11, 2016

HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) Jaime Nared scored 19 points, Mercedes Russell added 17 points with 11 rebounds, and No. 13 Tennessee overtook James Madison in the fourth quarter for an 81-69 win in the season opener for both teams Friday night.

Tied at 62 with 8:12 left to play, Tennessee broke away for good with a 9-0 burst, capped by a three-point play from Diamond DeShields, and held off James Madison down the stretch. A free throw from Alexa Middleton with 1:23 left made it 77-67 and Tennessee protected the double-digit lead the rest of the way.

Middleton had 18 points, including four 3-pointers, and DeShields finished with 10 points. Nared got all her points, including three 3-pointers, in the first half and fouled out in the fourth quarter.

James Madison was led by Precious Hall, who scored a career-high 39 points, including seven 3-pointers. Kamiah Smalls had 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Dukes.


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