Just back from Christmas break, Tennessee played like it already had made some New Year’s resolutions.
The Lady Vols cleaned up virtually all aspects of their performance and it showed in a 110-42 women’s basketball rout of Lipscomb on Sunday afternoon at Thompson-Boling Arena.
Isabelle Harrison scored a career-high 26 points to lead six double-figure scorers for No. 5 Tennessee (11-1).
Tennessee shot 57.9 percent from the floor and had a season-high 31 assists while committing just 12 turnovers. UT outrebounded Lipscomb 61-31.
Danay Fothergill led Lipscomb (3-8) with 13 points, but she fouled out with 13:01 left.
With a crowd of 12,046 watching, Tennessee played with more sustained urgency that it had against previous overmatched foes. The effort resulted in some gaudy first-half statistics.
The Lady Vols shot 63.9 percent from the floor. The accuracy wasn’t solely a by-product of going inside, where UT scored 28 of its 62 points. The Lady Vols also were 5-for-8 (62.5 percent) on 3-pointers. Meighan Simmons was 3-for-4 from long range.
Harrison had a double-double by halftime with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Tennessee amassed 17 assists before the break. Guards Ariel Massengale and Jordan Reynolds combined for nine. Freshman center Mercedes Russell recorded four of UT’s six blocks.
On defense, the Lady Vols defended everything from dribble drives to long-range shots, holding Lipscomb to 28.6 percent shooting from the floor (10 for 35).
Tennessee opens SEC play Thursday night against LSU. Former Lady Vol Candace Parker’s jersey will be retired in a pregame ceremony.