5 Lady Vols in double figures in 89-69 rout of Florida
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The Tennessee Lady Vols honored Head Coach Emeritus Pat Summitt on “We Back Pat” night, then humbled visiting Florida, 89-69.
“We Back Pat” Week is an SEC initiative focused on bringing awareness and recognition to the Pat Summitt Foundation, a fund of East Tennessee Foundation, and its fight against Alzheimer’s disease. Prior to the game, $30,000 was donated to the Pat Summitt Foundation by three separate entities.
Once the ball went up, it was all Lady Vols as they rebounded from Monday’s thumping by Notre Dame with an easy win themselves. Five Lady Vols were in double figures in scoring, led by Meighan Simmons with 21. Simmons got the majority of those points from behind the arc, hitting 5 three-pointers. The Lady Vols were 10 of 21 behind the line.
Bashaara Graves added 17 points, Andraya Carter 14, Jasmine Jones 13 and Isabelle Harrison 12.
The team responded after Notre Dame ran over them in the second half of that game on Monday. Head Coach Holly Warlick said it was something she had to deal with.
“Wednesday we got up at six in the morning and we watched the second half of Notre Dame and we had a pretty strong conversation with each other,” said Warlick. “Then we went to the practice floor and we had an unbelievably tough practice. We ran up and down, and we didn’t even go over what Florida did. It was pretty exhausting coming off Notre Dame and we got up early in the morning. I just felt it was important for us to come together as a team and just talk about things, and then practice. This morning, I thought, ‘man, I hope I didn’t run them to hard; we won’t have any legs.’ But they battled through it.”
Tennessee shared the ball in an impressive manner. The Lady Vols had 27 assists on 33 made field goals, including 14 on 14 1st half baskets.
UT never trailed in the game, built a 13 point halftime lead and led by as many as 24 points on their way to a 4-2 mark in the SEC, 15-4 overall.
The only real negative for Tennessee was an injury to point guard Ariel Massengale was hit in the head in the first half and sat out the rest of the game. Warlick was unsure of the extent of the injury.
“My first thought was that it’s a concussion,” Warlick said, “but from this point I don’t think it is. I think they’re just going to evaluate her. I think she got hit in the head pretty incidentally. Got hit in the head pretty hard.”
The Lady Vols will play their third game in a week as they travel to College Station, Texas, for the first time to visit Texas A&M Sunday.