Meighan Simmons scores 26 in win over Texas A&M, 76-55

Tennessee guard Meighan Simmons (10) shoots in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Florida Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

Tennessee guard Meighan Simmons (10) shoots in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Florida Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Tennessee had their point guard’s back in a big way Sunday afternoon.

Despite missing starter Ariel Massengale, the Lady Vols scored an impressive 76-55 SEC women’s basketball victory over Texas A&M before a crowd of 7,207 at Reed Arena.

Meighan Simmons scored 26 points to lead No. 11 Tennessee (16-4, 5-2 SEC). Andraya Carter started at point guard and recorded a team-leading six assists.

Tennessee shot 54.1 percent from the floor (33 for 61) and committed a season-low 10 turnovers.

Courtney Walker scored 20 points to lead No. 17 Texas A&M (16-5, 6-1).

Without Massengale, Tennessee was missing one of the conference leaders in assists and assist/turnover ratio. Furthermore, the 5-foot-7 junior had started every game this season.

No matter, Tennessee jumped to 8-0 at the outset and led 36-20 at halftime.

The Lady Vols were poised on offense, shooting 53.4 percent from the floor (17 for 32) for the first half and committing just four turnovers. Simmons scored 15 points, shooting 7 for 11 from the floor. The senior guard had three assists and no turnovers.

On defense, the Lady Vols relied exclusively on their zone alignments. Texas A&M was unable to shoot them out of it for the first 20 minutes, going 0 for 9 from long range and 10 for 34 overall (29.4 percent).

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murrayvol writes:

Thanks ladies. We were in desperate need of some good roundball news.

ATL_VOL_FAN writes:

Good Win! Andraya did a good job at point and Bashara looked as though she was back!

underthehill writes:

Great game by Simmons..Carter getting the ball down the floor quicker than Ariel created better looks for all the players..especially Megan..good job by all..

RLL59 writes:

What a well played, well coached game. Several differences from previous games this season:

Two players, Carter Andraya and Meighan took the ball into the paint, or at least the circle, and disrupted the defense, leading to an open mid range shot or a pass to an open player even closer to the basket.

Screens were set for Meighan and Andraya to allow penetration or an open shot.

The Lady Vols played zone defense against throw ins under their own basket...except for the last one which led to an A&M open shot.

Bashaara and Izzy both took open shots from mid range when the occasion presented itself.

Andraya and Meighan played basically the entire game with the 'big' players spelling each other.

It helped that A&M is a poor 3 point shooting team, and had an even worse game today, but the Lady Vols did at least challenge every shot.

Good game by nearly every player. Question remains as to why Nia doesn't even get into a game such as this.

ModelMaker writes:

I think Simmons is playing a lot smarter since she didn't start that one time this year. She had a lot of shots in close which I liked too see and she utilized her speed more effectively. I thought she played an outstanding game. I thought Carter did an outstanding job of running the team. The whole team really played well together. I thought Holly did a lot better job of utilizing the player's. She went with the three big's inside for most of the game. The one time she didn't and went with the three guard, Texas made a run at them. Holly called a time out and went back with the three big girls inside and they pulled away again. I say stay with what works until someone proves otherwise. I think a coach can over analyze things and try too make it more about them. It is going too be very interesting as to who Holly starts in the Arkansas game.

MaxVolFan writes:

Simmons used her strengths to have a great all around game. I think if a player feels it. Give it to her to shoot. She was in the zone.
Simmons is a good perimeter shooter and excellent in open space and fast breaks. She is playing better and passing to open bigs more often. I'm looking forward to see Ariel back but she needs to relax and not put too much pressure on herself. Carter is a cool cat. I like her game. She needs to work on her free throws. Once Russell gets better conditioned and add some upper body strength she will be awesome!. They need to open the Post highway back up. I would like to see Izzy and Bash take off down the court for a easy two.

WaitUntilNextYear writes:

Congratulations Lady Vols!
You became significant again this afternoon.
If you finish the season playing with this effort the rest of the season you will win th SEC.

johnlg00 writes:

I would have been less surprised if A&M had won by that much than I was that the LVs did! No question, that was the longest stretch of good play for the LVs all season. Another prime example of the LVs "box of chocolates" season. Let's see if this more efficient style has become a habit.

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