CORAL CABLES, FLA. – Tennessee’s Lady Vols seem back on track.
After a rugged start to the post-Pat Summitt era-a stunning loss at Chattanooga in coach Holly Warlick’s debut-Tennessee has won three straight, including two over ranked Atlantic Coast Conference opponents on the road.
The latest came at No. 23 Miami on Sunday. Bashaara Graves scored 20 points and Ariel Massengale was 10 of 10 from the free-throw line as the Lady Vols won, 79-67, breaking Miami’s 41-game home winning streak in the process.
A week ago, Tennessee won at then-22nd ranked Georgia Tech.
Massengale’s two free throws late helped stave off Miami in a game that could have gone either way.
“A game like that will age you real quick,” Warlick said. “I’m just pleased with our team. I’m glad to see that we got off to a pretty strong lead. In the first half, our defense was pretty solid.
“Our offense . we got good looks and then in the second half, I thought Miami adjusted. They started attacking us and we fouled, stopped the clock and they hit big shots. They didn’t have a quit to them and, fortunately, we didn’t have a quit as well. I’m very pleased with the win and our overall team effort.”
After storming to a 46-21 halftime advantage thanks to Graves and Andraya Carter, Tennessee (3-1) watched Miami (2-1) mount a huge comeback in the second half as the Hurricanes closed to within six points.
Graves scored 10 points in each half to lead the Lady Vols with 20 points to go with six rebounds. Carter did much of her work from long distance, totaling 16 points on 4-of-5 shooting from 3-point range and 4-of-4 shooting from the free-throw line.
Massengale added 14 points off the bench, going a perfect 10-of-10 from the charity stripe and dishing out a team-best five assists. Cierra Burdick Cierra Burdick led UT with 10 rebounds.
The Lady Vols return to Thompson-Boling Arena on Nov. 25 to take on Alcorn State at 2 p.m., opening a three-game home stand.