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No. 5 Lady Vols manhandle Bisons 110-42

December 29th, 2013 4:21 pm by BETH RUCKER, Associated Press

No. 5 Lady Vols manhandle Bisons 110-42

Lipsomb's Maya Dillard looks for an open teammate against Tennessee's Andraya Carter (14) during Sunday's game in Knoxville. (AP Photo)

KNOXVILLE — Isabelle Harrison had 26 points and 15 rebounds and the fifth-ranked Tennessee women cruised to a 110-42 win against Lipscomb on Sunday.

The Lady Vols (11-1) scored first and never trailed, using a 17-0 run early to build a 25-4 lead with 12:29 left in the first half in the first-ever meeting between the two programs.

Harrison led the way, notching a double-double by halftime with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Meighan Simmons scored 14 of her 15 points in the first half for Tennessee.

Danay Fothergill scored a team-high 13 points for Lipscomb before fouling out with 13 minutes left.

The Lady Bisons (3-8) managed to create some traffic in the lane on defense, but Tennessee played right through it, outshooting them 63.9 to 28.6 percent and scoring 28 points in the paint in the first half.

Lipscomb struggled to get clean looks of its own inside, and half of its baskets before halftime came on 3-pointers. It wasn't enough to keep up, and the Lady Vols pushed the margin to as many as 35 points and took a 62-29 lead into the locker room.

Tennessee limited Lipscomb's Ashley Southern, who entered the game ranked seventh in the nation with 12.4 rebounds per game and was averaging 16.1 points per game. Southern picked up her first foul 13 seconds into the game and her third with more than six minutes left in the first half. She finished with just eight points and five rebounds.

Though Harrison and Simmons led the offensive charge for Tennessee, the Lady Vols managed to share the load, with the bench scoring 48 points. Cierra Burdick scored 13, Mercedes Russell added 12 and Bashaara Graves and Nia Moore each had 11.

The game gave Tennessee a chance to regroup between a 76-70 loss at then-No. 6 Stanford on Dec. 21 and its Southeastern Conference season opener against No. 16 LSU on Thursday.

Lipscomb has lost four out of its last five games, including an 81-46 loss at then-No. 16 Georgia on Dec. 17.

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