Wednesday, April 16, 2014 · 6:47 a.m.

Long layoff no problem for Lady Vols in win over Texas

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AUSTIN, Tex. — Meighan Simmons scored a team-high 18 points to lead six players in double figures as the No. 13/12 Tennessee women's basketball team crushed No. 18/20 Texas, 94-75, on Sunday at the Frank Erwin Special Events Center.

The Lady Vols—who have now won seven straight, including three in a row on the road—used a balanced offensive attack in the win, shooting 46.8 percent from the field, 8 of 15 from beyond the 3-point line and 14 of 18 from the free-throw line.

Bashaara Graves posted a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Ariel Massengale had 15 points and a game-high seven assists. Taber Spani scored 15 points, Cierra Burdick had 14 points and Jasmine Jones head a big second half to finish with 10 points off the bench.

The game was the first for the Lady Vols in two weeks, a fact that had concerned first-year coach Holly Warlick.

“This was a great win for us,” Warlick said. “We came off of a two-week break and I was really concerned how we would come out and play. I keep stressing how hard we play and our energy. We have the talent, but it's what we do with our talent.

“We came out and stuck to our game plan and played hard. We had to use our entire bench, so it was a team effort and a really good win for our basketball program.”

Chassidy Fussell led Texas (6-2) with a 31-point effort that included 10-of-10 from the free-throw line. Nneka Enemkpali added 15 points and eight boards for the Longhorns.

Tennessee led 45-27 at the break and the teams traded baskets over the first two minutes of the second half. Burdick hit a jumper at the 17:35 mark push Tennessee's lead to 20 points at 53-33.

Texas focused on attacking the paint in the second half. The Longhorns went on a 7-3 run with points from fouls drawn inside and layups to pull to within 56-40 by the first media timeout of the second half at 15:39.

Tennessee will travel to Waco, Texas, to face defending national champion No. 3 Baylor on Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET. The Lady Vols will return to Thompson-Boling Arena on Dec. 22 to host No. 1 Stanford.

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