NASHVILLE – First, Tennessee lost a lead. Then, the Lady Vols lost a women’s basketball game Sunday afternoon.
Vanderbilt overcame a 10-point deficit early in the second half, summoning a strong closing kick for a 74-63 SEC victory at Memorial Gymnasium.
Jasmine Lister scored 22 points to lead Vanderbilt (14-3, 3-1 SEC). She scored 17 in the second half. Christina Foggie scored 21 in the game.
Meighan Simmons led No. 8 Tennessee (13-3, 2-2) with 19 points. Isabelle Harrison fouled out midway through the second half with 10 points. UT’s other leading scorer, Ariel Massengale, scored just two points.
Tennessee led 39-29 within the first five minutes of the second half.
Trouble arrived early for Tennessee in the form of two quick fouls on Harrison. Within the first minute of the game, the Lady Vols lost their leading scorer and rebounder to the bench, a player who had recorded seven consecutive double doubles.
Vanderbilt pressed its early advantage with switching defenses and a methodical offense. The Commodores led 10-2 early.
A Lady Vols’ rally began with two shooters who have been struggling recently. Cierra Burdick, who went more than two consecutive conference games without a basket, hit a jumper. Then Simmons, who was 0 for 4 from long range against Ole Miss on Thursday, hit consecutive 3-pointers.
UT took its first lead on the strength of offensive rebounding. A three-minute stretch featured three second-chance baskets. Mercedes Russell’s putback of a Simmons’ miss gave the Lady Vols a 26-24 lead.
Tennessee went into the half leading 30-29.