AUSTIN, Texas - Angie Bjorklund struck for 20 points in the first half against Texas on Sunday afternoon and didn't score thereafter.
She wasn't missed.
Tennessee's senior guard sufficed as an opening act in a 92-77 women's basketball victory before a crowd of 6,471 at the Erwin Center that featured five double-figure Lady Vols scorers, 83 Tennessee shot attempts and perhaps a few powder burns.
"If one person's not hitting shots, another person is going to step up,'' said Bjorklund, fresh off her best scoring day in nearly a month. "When we're all hitting, like (today), that's great, too.
Freshman guard Meighan Simmons backed up Bjorklund with 18 points, extending her streak of double-figure scoring games to start her collegiate career to 10. She surpassed the scoring debut of former Lady Vol Candace Parker, who was sitting behind Tennessee's bench Sunday, and tied teammate Glory Johnson. Former Lady Vol Chamique Holdsclaw holds the team record with 14 games.
Guard Kamiko Williams, who played most of her career-high 37 minutes at point guard, scored 14 points. She and Bjorklund each had a team-high four assists. Williams had no turnovers.
Johnson added 13 points for No. 8 Tennessee (9-1) and forward Shekinna Stricklen scored 10 as part of a double-double that included a game-high 11 rebounds.
"We continued to attack and push the ball,'' said Bjorklund, who moved into second place on the Lady Vols' career 3-point list (259).
Tennessee's depth took a hit when 6-foot-6 center Kelley Cain was clipped on a box-out play and crumpled to the court. Her troublesome right hip took the brunt of the contact. She was helped to the bench with 10 minutes, 18 seconds left and then assisted to the locker room afterward. Her playing status is listed as day to day in advance of Tuesday's showdown with No. 2 Baylor and 6-8 Brittney Griner.
Led by Kathleen Nash's 21 points, No. 21 Texas (5-3) convened four-double scorers. Ashleigh Fontenette scored 20, Chassidy Fussell, who's from Troy, Tenn., scored 18 and Yvonne Anderson had 11. But the Longhorns didn't have enough firepower for this Wild West-style shootout and were overwhelmed in the final eight minutes, falling behind by as many as 21 points.
"It doesn't take long against a great team like Tennessee, where a six-point lead becomes a 16-point lead,'' Texas coach Gail Goestenkors said.
Right from the start, Tennessee (9-1) seemed intent on outnumbering Texas. The Lady Vols utilized 11 players by halftime. Forward Alyssia Brewer, out since September after undergoing Achilles tendon surgery, made her season debut. Guard Lauren Avant, who has suffered through hand and ankle injuries, saw her first action since the season opener at Louisville.
Texas already was missing guard Tiffany Moore because of a suspension and forward Anne Marie Hartung was out with a viral infection.
Bjorklund, meanwhile, appeared determined to outscore the Longhorns. An 0-for-4 start was not a deterrent for a player who had been struggling since scoring a season-high 26 points against Virginia on Nov. 18.
"I missed my first couple of shots and (my teammates and coaches) continued to have confidence in me and just said, 'stop thinking, just keep shooting the ball,' '' Bjorklund said. "So that helped a lot."
While Tennessee's defense didn't slow down Texas, turnovers eventually did. The Longhorns committed 20, which led to 23 Tennessee points.
"It was tiring for us to keep turning it over and having to run back," Nash said.
The mounting fatigue took a toll on the Longhorns' rebounding, too. They were up four at halftime but ended up being outrebounded, 43-37.
The Lady Vols, on the other hand, were lively enough afterward to conduct a spirited postgame interview session. Simmons recalled her restless night before playing before family and friends from Cibolo, Texas.
"I couldn't go to sleep at all,'' she said. "I guess that was my sense of nervousness."
By morning, she had calmed down, thanks, in part, to her teammates. If they aren't encouraging Simmons, they're thinking up new nicknames for her. Along with "Speedy," the wiry Simmons is known as "Slim Jim" and "Toothpick."
They were scoring some laughs, right along with the points.