Feb. 10, 2014
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- #8 Tennessee remained perfect vs. Vanderbilt at home with a 81-53 victory on Monday night. The Lady Vols are now 29-0 all-time against the Commodores in Knoxville dating the first meeting in 1981.
The Lady Vols won their sixth game in a row to move to 20-4 overall and 9-2 in the SEC. This year marks the 38th consecutive season in which Tennessee has won 20 or more games.
The win by 28 points was the largest in the series since Ut won by 36 on Feb. 18, 1999. Vanderbilt was held to a season low in points with 53. The Commodores' previous low was 54.
Meighan Simmons tallied 22 for Tennessee as she connected on 4-of-6 from 3-point land. Simmons has scored 20 or more in five of her last seven games.
Isabelle Harrison scored 18 points. The game was a huge comeback for the junior for Nashville, who fouled out in just 10 minutes in the Lady Vols' loss at Vanderbilt a month ago. She connected on 8-of-10 from the floor in the game, making her first seven attempts.
Overall, the Lady Vols were 7-of-10 on trifectas and made 58.2 of their shots from the floor.
Redshirt freshman Andraya Carter added 11.
#16 Vanderbilt (17-6, 6-4 SEC) was led by Christina Foggie, who had 22 points.
For the eighth time this season, the Lady Vols posted a wire-to-wire win.
Harrison got going early on with the first two baskets of the game. She connected on her first seven shots of the contest and equaled her Jan. 12 output (10 points) in her first six minutes of action. Harrison's sixth field goal put the Lady Vols ahead 26-18 with less than eight minutes left in the first half.
Tennessee jumped ahead by 12 at 30-18 on a jumper by Cierra Burdick minutes later.
Foggie kept the Commodores in the game as she made 5-of-6 from 3-point range in the first half as Tennessee led 42-31 at intermission. Foggie topped all scorers with 15 points, while Harrison had 14. The teams combined to shoot 58.5 percent in the first half (Tennessee 65.5; Vanderbilt 50.0).
Tennessee scored the first seven points of the second half to bust open the game and take a 49-31 lead less than two minutes into the half.
The Lady Vols outscored Vanderbilt, 18-2, to take a commanding 27-point lead, 60-33 with 12 minutes left in the game. That included an 11-0 run for UT.
Tennessee' defense continued to pressure the Commodores all night, forcing VU into four shot clock violations. Vandy missed its first 12 shots of the second half and finished 31.8 from the floor over the final 20 minutes. Vanderbilt shot 41.3 for the game.
Tennessee gained a measure of revenge in the series after dropping the contest in Nashville, 74-63, on Jan. 12. All-time, the Lady Vols now lead the series, 63-9.
With the win, the Lady Vols have not been swept in the season series since the 1984-85 season, when Georgia won the home-and-home.
The Lady Vols return to action on Sunday as #15/13 Kentucky comes to Thompson-Boling Arena for a 1 p.m., tip-off. That game airs on ESPN and can be heard on the Lady Vol Network.