KNOXVILLE – Tennessee scored the first nine points of the second half and led the remainder of the way as the No. 12/13 Lady Vols knocked off No. 10/11 Georgia, 79-66 before 12,319 at Thompson-Boling Arena.
A pair of freshman keyed the Tennessee (11-3, 2-0 SEC) win as Bashaara Graves scored a career-high 23, making 8-of-11 from the floor. Jasmine Jones also had a career-high with 12 points as she saw significant minutes with Isabelle Harrison in foul trouble.
Graves’ point total was the most by a Lady Vols’ freshman since Meighan Simmons had 23 vs. Stanford on Dec. 19, 2010. Graves has scored in double-figures in 12 of her 14 games as a freshman.
As a junior on Sunday, Simmons scored 11 of her 16 in the second half and finished 4-of-5 from 3-point range. Taber Spani had 11 and grabbed seven rebounds.
Georgia suffered just its second loss of the season as the Lady Bulldogs fell to 13-2 and 1-1 in the league. Jasmine James led UGA with 18. Khaalidah Miller added 14.
Tennessee moved to 6-2 against ranked teams this season. It was also the Lady Vols first win over a Top 10 team this season and first since thrashing No. 7 Kentucky last February.
Tennessee opened the second half with nine consecutive points to take control of the game with a lead 49-42 after a fastbreak layup by Spani four minutes into the half. The Lady Vols led the remainder of the way.
Tennessee now leads the all-time series, 45-15 with a 19-4 mark in Knoxville. Tennessee has won the last five meetings and 13 of the last 14 overall.
The Lady Vols return to action on Thursday as Missouri makes its first appearance at Thompson-Boling Arena. The new members of the SEC and UT will tip at 8 p.m., in a game that airs on SportsSouth/ESPN3 and can be heard on the Lady Vol Network.