No. 9 Lady Vols rout cold-shooting Missouri 84-39
Meighan Simmons scored 18 points Thursday night and No. 9 Tennessee relied on suffocating defense to trounce Missouri 84-39 for its fifth straight victory.
Bashaara Graves added 16 points and eight rebounds for the Lady Vols (12-3, 3-0 SEC). Isabelle Harrison had 12 points and a career-high 15 rebounds, and Taber Spani scored 11 points.
Morgan Eye scored 18 points and shot 6 of 17 from 3-point range for Missouri (12-5, 1-2). Eye had gone 11 of 18 on 3-pointers Sunday in an 82-77 victory over Auburn, finishing one shy of the NCAA record.
Missouri set an SEC record with 18 3-pointers in the victory over Auburn, but shot just 19.7 percent (13 of 66) on Thursday. The Tigers were 9 of 36 from 3-point range and 4 of 30 on 2-point attempts.
The Lady Vols outscored Missouri 24-5 in points off turnovers, 22-0 in second-chance points and 21-2 in fast-break points.
Missouri entered the night averaging 10 3-pointers per game to lead the nation. The Tigers had to rely on 3s again Thursday because Tennessee made sure they got no opportunities near the basket.
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