SEC opener easy enough for Lady Vols
Posted: Monday, January 2, 2012 7:03 pm
By JOHN ZENOR
AP Sports Writer
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — The Tennessee Lady Vols won going away in a game when their shots weren’t falling. Hounding Auburn into mistakes helped.
Meighan Simmons scored 20 points and the seventh-ranked Lady Vols closed on a big run in opening Southeastern Conference play Sunday with a 73-52 victory over the Tigers.
Tennessee (9-3, 1-0 SEC) came into the game last in the league in scoring defense, giving up 63.5 points a game, but forced 25 turnovers and had 12 steals.
It was more than enough to earn the Lady Vols a 34th-consecutive SEC win — and a ride back to Knoxville.
The Lady Vols closed the game on a 19-6 run to turn a tight contest into a blowout and win for the 27th time in the last 30 meetings with the Tigers (8-6, 0-1).
Published in The Messenger 1.2.12