Lady Vols defeat Georgia Tech, 87-76

Tennessee's Bashaara Graves is interviewed during NCAA college basketball media day Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/The Knoxville News Sentinel, Saul Young)

Tennessee's Bashaara Graves is interviewed during NCAA college basketball media day Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/The Knoxville News Sentinel, Saul Young)

Something about Georgia Tech brings out the best in Bashaara Graves.

Tennessee’s sophomore forward had a career night at the Yellow Jackets’ expense Sunday, tying her career high for points (23) and setting a new personal standard for rebounds (18). She led and Tennessee followed to an 87-76 women’s basketball victory before a crowd of 10,364 at Thompson-Boling Arena.

Graves had 18 points and 12 rebounds against Tech last season.

The opponent and setting also inspired a strong showing from Kaela Davis. Georgia Tech’s freshman forward scored a game-high 28 points. Her 3-pointer pulled the Yellow Jackets within 63-58 with 10:54 left. But she scored just three points thereafter.

Graves scored two early baskets with power moves to the rim, setting the scoring tone for No. 4 Tennessee (4-0).

One way or another, the Lady Vols were getting the majority of their early points from close range. Isabelle Harrison, for example, turned an early miss by Meighan Simmons into a 3-point play.

Freshman Jordan Reynolds fed classmate Mercedes Russell for a pair of layups. Andraya Carter later soared above a foul lane crowd to snag an offensive rebound and fed Russell for another easy basket.

Overall, Tennessee scored 22 points from the foul lane in the first half and had a 15-9 edge in second-chance. Along with Graves, Harrison had 10 rebounds.

The output was enough for Tennessee to lead by as many as 18 points. But it wasn’t enough to shake free from Georgia Tech (2-1).

Tech’s Davis scored 12 of her points in the first half. With her twin brother, UT men’s player A.J., cheering for her from an end zone seat, she scored the last basket of the half, pulling Tech within 44-35.

Whiteside came to Davis’ assistance with 11 first-half points. She scored seven from the free throw line.

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rogatl2002#222395 writes:

this team has unlimited potential. holly needs to get better control and call a few timeouts to re-focus the team times. we got them in terrible foul trouble and then completely stopped looking to go inside. the guards just started throwing up jump shots. on the other hand the defense looked like tennessee of old. good win against a good team.

Allenfan writes:

in response to rogatl2002#222395:

this team has unlimited potential. holly needs to get better control and call a few timeouts to re-focus the team times. we got them in terrible foul trouble and then completely stopped looking to go inside. the guards just started throwing up jump shots. on the other hand the defense looked like tennessee of old. good win against a good team.

Yes it was a good win against a good (not great) team. They have one player that could start for us. I agree so much with you as to how she can sit on the bench, seldom get in the official's ear, and not use her timeouts. Twice in the second half when we made a couple of good plays Georgia Tech call timeout to settle the girls down. There are more teams that are much more talented than Georgia Tech. If she is in fact the coach that we thought she was after last year, then she better start teaching during the game during live action.

underthehill writes:

This coaching staff is doing an excellent job using team depth to press, establish tempo, and wear down the opponent..this is a fun team to watch..the lady announcer kept commenting about the defense of Carter..I agree..she is the best defending guard I have ever seen at UT..the inside ladies came to play tonight..I love this style of play..excellent game planning and coaching...and this Ga Tech team is very athletic and may surprise in the ACC this year..I can see why Davis was so highly recruited..she is going to be special..just a great effort from both teams..

Allenfan writes:

in response to underthehill:

This coaching staff is doing an excellent job using team depth to press, establish tempo, and wear down the opponent..this is a fun team to watch..the lady announcer kept commenting about the defense of Carter..I agree..she is the best defending guard I have ever seen at UT..the inside ladies came to play tonight..I love this style of play..excellent game planning and coaching...and this Ga Tech team is very athletic and may surprise in the ACC this year..I can see why Davis was so highly recruited..she is going to be special..just a great effort from both teams..

Keep telling yourself that, and see what happened we do play a talented in conference team. They started out very well, but she did noting during the game to help. You have to be a bench coach as well as a head coach.

underthehill writes:

in response to Allenfan:

Keep telling yourself that, and see what happened we do play a talented in conference team. They started out very well, but she did noting during the game to help. You have to be a bench coach as well as a head coach.

Obvious you don't know much about the game of basketball or the conference..it is not likely there is a team in the SEC other than the Lady Vols that's as athletic as Ga Tech..and if you think the coaching staff did nothing..a word you seemed to have spelled as "noting" ..the coaching staff did an excellent job adjusting to what the opponent was doing..such as having Burdick deny the ball to Davis..you might know more about the kind of coaching that was going on if you knew what to look for ..

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