Lady Vols Crush Mizzou

Thursday, Jan. 10-

Meighan Simmons dropped 18 points, and Bashaara Graves added 16 as the No. 9 Tennessee Lady Volunteers demolished the Missouri Lady Tigers 84-39. Tennessee completely dominated Mizzou in all phases, leading to the 45-point blowout.

In a physical matchup, the Lady Vols controlled Missouri inside. Tennessee held a 57-49 rebounding edge and scored 40 points in the paint, as opposed to Mizzou’s six. The Tigers never held a lead and fell flat from the opening tip.

Mizzou trailed 48-21 after the first half, and the struggles continued through the second half. The Lady Tigers shot 19 percent from the field, while Tennessee hit 40 percent of its shots. Although Mizzou’s defensive effort caused Tennessee some problems, it didn’t make up for the poor shooting at the other end.

Valiant efforts from Morgan Eye and Bri Kulas weren’t enough to spark Missouri. Eye tallied 18 points on 6-18 shooting, while Kulas added nine points on 2-11 shooting.

The Lady Tigers came out of a dismal first half hot. Eye drilled a three-pointer, and freshman Lianna Doty scored a quick layup off a steal. The Lady Vols quickly crushed any hope Mizzou had of a comeback. Simmons and Graves iced Tennessee’s victory cake with another scoring run.

The lone bright spot in the contest was Missouri’s three-point shooting. The Lady Tigers hit nine treys, putting them at 169 for the season. Mizzou averages close to 10 three-pointers a game, which has kept it close in many games.

The loss leaves Mizzou at 12-5 overall and 1-2 in the SEC. The Lady Tigers return home to take on the No. 6 Kentucky Wildcats. The game is part of the “We Back Pat” campaign, honoring Tennessee coaching legend Pat Summit.

The game will air on ESPNU at 12:30 p.m. Sunday.

-Chinmay Vaidya
23 Sports
Staff Writer