No. 13 Tennessee 94, No. 18 Texas 75

Tennessee’s varied and balanced attack outweighed a career-high

31 points from Texas’ Chassidy Fussell, as six players scored in

double figures for the 13th-ranked Lady Vols in a 94-75 romp over

18th-ranked Texas on Sunday.

Fussell, who is from Troy, Tenn., racked up the points on the

team she grew up rooting for, but it was not enough for the

Longhorns.

”I had a rough start but just kept after it and kept playing

hard,” Fussell said.

Meighan Simmons, from the San Antonio suburb of Cibolo, Texas,

poured in 18 points to lead Tennessee. 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

(7-1).

Tennessee shot 46.8 percent from the floor and held the

Longhorns to 34.3 shooting in winning for the fourth straight year

against Texas.

The Longhorns (6-2) stayed within reach until the final minutes

thanks to Fussell and by hitting 24 of their 28 free throws.

Nneka Enemkpali was the only other Longhorn player in double

figures with 15 points and eight rebounds. Texas had 17 turnovers

to Tennessee’s 12.

Fussell had 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.

Texas shot 25 percent and trailed 45-27 at halftime.

”In the first four or five minutes, we played great defense but

then we didn’t rebound when we made them take bad shots,” Texas

coach Karan Aston said. ”If we had been able to make a couple of

critical stops, things might have been a little different.”

The Longhorns cut the Tennessee lead to 78-68 on a Fussell

3-pointer with 6:57 to play before the Lady Vols finished the game

with a 16-7 run.

”We quit playing hard there for a while in the second half, and

we fouled too much,” Tennessee first-year coach Holly Warlick

said. ”That not only put them on the line but it gave Texas a

chance to rest. I wanted a faster game; we controlled the tempo,

but not necessarily in the way we wanted to.”

Simmons showed the nerves associated with playing before her

friends and family in the opening 10 minutes but settled down and

spurred the Lady Vols at the end of the first half and the

beginning of the second.

”Meighan was a little excited with so many of her people here,

but we found a way to calm her down and she played big for us

beginning at the end of the first half,” Massengale said.

Tennessee leads the series against Texas 22-12 and the Lady Vols

are 52-17 all-time against Big 12 teams. They are 4-0 against

ranked teams, with three of those wins on the road.

This was the Lady Vols’ first game in two weeks and was

Tennessee’s seventh consecutive win after a season-opening loss to

Chattanooga.

Texas has lost two of three after starting the season 4-0.

”I don’t like to lose, but we saw a lot of positives about the

way we played,” Aston said. ”We kept fighting the whole game, and

I didn’t see that a week ago (in a loss to against UCLA). We shot

too quickly in the first half when we had them in foul trouble and

we needed to slow down.”

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.