COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Meighan Simmons scored 26 points and the No. 11 Tennessee women raced past No. 17 Texas A&M 76-55 on Sunday, handing the Aggies their first Southeastern Conference loss of the season.
Led by Simmons, who scored nearly as many points, 15, as the Aggies in the first half, the Lady Vols roared to a 36-20 lead over the first 20 minutes. Texas A&M never threatened after the break.
Tennessee, playing without guard Ariel Massengale, snapped the Aggies’ nine-game winning streak in its first visit to College Station. Massengale suffered a face injury in the first half of UT’s victory over Florida on Thursday.
The eight-time national champion Lady Vols whipped the Aggies in three facets: fast-break points (17-0), points in the paint (38-16) and points off the bench (12-5).
The Lady Vols shot 54.1 percent (33-for-61), the Aggies just 33.8 percent (23-of-68). Simmons, who played at Steele High School near San Antonio, finished with 12-for-19 shooting from the floor in the return to her home state.
Bashaara Graves, Isabelle Harrison, and Andraya Carter each chipped in 10 points for Tennessee (16-4, 5-2).
Courtney Walker led Texas A&M (16-5, 6-1) with 20 points. Courtney Williams scored 14 points, and Karla Gilbert added 14 points with 11 rebounds for the Aggies, who had entered the game allowing a league-best 51 points per game in SEC play.