ATHENS, Ga. — What Isabelle Harrison started, Ariel Massengale finished for Tennessee on Sunday.
After Harrison scored all 18 of her points in the first half, Massengale took charge after halftime, reaching a career-high 28.
The combination was enough for Tennessee to score an 85-70 SEC women’s basketball victory over Georgia at Stegeman Coliseum
Massengale hit four throws in the final 1:10 to help curtail a 19-point scoring run by No. 19 Georgia (12-3, 0-2 SEC). The Lady Bulldogs cut a 27-point deficit to six points.
Harrison started off for No. 5 Tennessee (12-2, 1-1) by doing a decent impression of Chiney Ogwumike. Much like the Stanford All-American converted offensive rebounding into 32 points against UT last month, Harrison did the same in scoring 18 before halftime.
It was a good play for the Lady Vols to simply shoot the ball. Harrison cleaned up several misses and made free throws. The junior center was eight for eight from the line in the first half.
Tennessee’s halftime lead might have been bigger than 40-28 were it not for several bad plays, which resulted in 13 turnovers. They led to half of Georgia’s points.