Feb. 20, 2014
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- #10 Tennessee used a 19-0 run in the first half to blow open a close game on the way to topping Auburn, 93-63 on Thursday night at Thompson-Boling Arena.
The Lady Vols moved to 21-5 overall and 10-3 in the SEC while Auburn dropped to 14-12 and 5-8 in the league. Tennessee has now won seven in a row in the series as well as 16 in a row in Knoxville vs. the Tigers. The Lady Vols are 39-10 all-time vs. Auburn and 19-2 in Knoxville, winning every game since 1990.
Junior Isabelle Harrison tallied 10 and grabbed 11 rebounds for her 13th double-double this season.
The 30-point margin of victory was the largest for the Lady Vols SEC this season.
The win was the ninth wire-to-wire victory of the season and fourth in SEC play.
Auburn was led by Tyrese Tanner, who had 15. Sister Tra'Cee Tanner had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Two other Tigers also scored in double-figures as Brandy Montgomery (12) and Hasina Muhammad (10).
Tennessee held a narrow two-point lead with 14 minutes left in the first half, 13-11. But, the Lady Vols blew open the game scoring 19 consecutive points over a span of five minutes to take a 32-11 lead with 8:35 left in the first half. A Simmons 3-pointer capped the spurt giving her 10 points in the stretch.
The Lady Vols led 54-33 at halftime, matching their second-most points in a first half this season (Tennessee State). UT tallied a season-best 62 in the first half of a 110-42 win over Lipscomb on Dec. 29.
Simmons had 19 points in the first half on 8-of-13 shooting.
Tennessee continued to pour in the points in the second half, outscoring the Tigers, 39-30.
The largest margin of the game was 38 on a Burdick free throw with six minutes left. That put UT ahead, 91-53.
The Lady Vols head to Missouri to face the Tigers on Sunday at 2 p.m. The game will air on SEC TV and can be heard on the Lady Vol Network.