KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) —
Jordan Horston had 16 points and 13 rebounds and No. 13 Tennessee used a strong second half to defeat Vanderbilt 66-52 on Sunday in a Play4Kay game.
Tennessee opened the fourth quarter with a 14-1 run that put the game well in hand. The lead peaked at 62-40 when Horston hit a 3-pointer near the six-minute mark of the period.
After leading by five at halftime, a 10-0 run to open the third quarter gave the Lady Vols a 41-26 lead. Vanderbilt drew within single digits only one more time, when Brinae Alexander hit a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to 48-39 entering the fourth.
Rae Burrell added 15 points for the Lady Vols. Tennessee shot 43% from the field but just 5 of 19 (26%) from 3-point distance. Tennessee had a 48-29 rebounding advantage.
Alexander led Vanderbilt with 19 points and Iyana Moore added 17. The rest of the team scored 16 points. The Commodores shot 31% from the field and made only 6 of 27 3-pointers (22%).
Tennessee (20-4, 10-2 SEC) swept the regular-season series and defeated Vanderbilt (12-14, 3-9) for the fourth consecutive time and 14th in the last 15 matchups. Tennessee leads 76-10 all-time.
The game was a matchup of coaches who won NCAA championships as players. Third-year Lady Vols coach Kellie (Jolly) Harper won two championships as a player at Tennessee (1997 and ’98). First-year Vanderbilt coach Shea Ralph won a title as a player at Connecticut in 2000. They faced each other as players four times, with Tennessee winning three of the four.
Tennessee, which remains one game behind top-ranked South Carolina in the SEC standings, plays at Alabama on Thursday.
Vanderbilt plays at Kentucky on Thursday.
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