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).