AUBURN, Ala. — Trailing by as many as 12 points in the second half, No. 9 Tennessee rallied behind Meighan Simmons to end Auburn's homecourt win streak at 11 with a 75-66 victory on Thursday night.
Simmons scored 18 in the second half as Tennessee (14-3, 5-0 SEC) used an 11-2 run midway through the half to take control and secure their seventh win in a row and remain perfect in the conference.
Auburn (13-5, 2-3 SEC) was 9-0 at home this season and had not lost at Auburn Arena since Feb. 12, 2012, a 51-48 defeat to Arkansas.
Simmons led all scorers with 29 points, her fifth game this season with 20-plus points. She was a sparkling 10-of-14 from the floor including 4-of-6 from 3-point range and a perfect 5-of-5 at the foul line.
Taber Spani scored 12 and Ariel Massengale had 11. Both Bashaara Graves and Isabelle Harrison corralled 11 rebounds as the Lady Vols pounded the glass in the second half for a 18-11 edge over the final 20 minutes.
All five Auburn starters scored in double-figured led by Blache Alverson and Hasina Muhammad, who each scored 15. Najat Ouardad added 11.
The Lady Vols outscored the Tigers, 22-13 to end the game.
Tennessee leads the all-time series, 37-10, including 13-4 at Auburn. The Lady Vols have won five in a row in the series.
Tennessee returns to action on Sunday for the Lady Vols' “We Back Pat” Game against Alabama at 1 p.m. The game airs on CSS and can be heard on the Lady Vol Network.
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