KNOXVILLE – On “Live Pink, Bleed Orange” day at Thompson-Boling Arena, Tennessee’s women’s basketball team scored an 83-64 victory over Vanderbilt. The No. 12/10 Lady Vols remained perfect all-time in home games against the Commodores, winning all 28.
“We had a couple of lapses, but we got the job done,” Tennessee coach Holly Warlick said. “We had bounce scoring and that’s huge for us offensively. Defensively, I keep saying we have to get better and do better and be more consistent. We have to have that discipline and we’re continuing to work on that.”
Tennessee won its third game in a row and moved to 20-5 overall and 11-1 in the Southeastern Conference. The Lady Vols took over first place in the league as Texas A&M (10-1 in the SEC) plays Kentucky on Monday night.
Five Lady Vols scored in double-figures led by Meighan Simmons (17), who led UT in scoring for the 14th time this season.
Freshman Jasmine Jones was an unlikely offensive source for the Lady Vols as she tallied 12 points, 10 in the first half.
“She was huge today,” Warlick said. “I thought she played on the offensive end and was a great defender for us. She got some huge rebounds. Sometimes when she went in, I thought she was going to hit her head on the rim, she came out of nowhere. That’s her athleticism and that’s how she plays-she’s an ‘X’ factor for us.
“I think when we need a stop or a rebound, she’s always the one to get it. I thought today she was really quiet in shoot around and real quiet in pre game. I was a little concerned, but I guess she needs to be quiet more often because she played a heck of a game. I stopped trying to figure out these kids a long time ago-what they’re thinking and how to get up. She was more composed today, she played more in the team. I think it was by far one of her best games.”
Sophomore Ariel Massengale added an SEC season-high 14 points, freshman Bashaara Graves added 13 while Taber Spani had 12.
Vanderbilt fell to 16-9, 6-6 in the SEC. The Commodores were led by Jasmine Lister, who netted a game-high 24 points.
The victory also gave the Lady Vols their 37th consecutive season with 20 or more wins. Since 1976-77, Tennessee has won at least 22 games in every season.
The Lady Vols return to action on Thursday as they welcome Auburn for a 7 p.m. tip-off. That game can be seen on UTSports.com and heard on the Lady Vol Network.