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No. 14 Tennessee cruises past Lipscomb 85-51

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Cierra Burdick and Isabelle Harrison scored 16 points apiece to lead No. 14 Tennessee to its first road victory of the season, 85-51 over Lipscomb on Sunday.

Alexa Middleton added 12 points for the Lady Vols (6-2), who have won two straight after dropping out of the top 10 with consecutive losses at in-state UT-Chattanooga and at No. 4 Texas.

Lipscomb (2-6) was led by Ashley Southern’s 12 points and 10 boards. The Lady Bisons were trying to become the first Atlantic Sun team to beat UT.

Sara Bliss’s 3-pointer put Lipscomb on top briefly 3-2 before Nia Moore’s putback started a 26-0 Tennessee run.

Burdick, who also grabbed 10 rebounds, scored nine of the next 11 points for the Lady Vols to make it 15-3. Ariel Massengale and Jasmine Jones hit back-to-back 3-pointers, then Middleton pushed it to 28-3 with a trey and a layup after a Lipscomb backcourt turnover.

Lipscomb’s Chandler Cooper ended the drought with a basket with 7 minutes left, but couldn’t convert on a three-point opportunity.

The Lady Bisons, frustrated by UT’s press, had 12 turnovers and shot 1 of 13 from the field during the critical 10:21 stretch.

Kelli Smith’s 3-pointer cut it to 28-8, but Bashaara Graves sank a pair of free throws as UT hit its first nine from the line. The Lady Vols were 12 of 13 on foul shots the opening half, with Harrison 4 of 4 and Burdick 6 of 7.

Burdick finished 4 of 6 on field goals and 8 of 9 on free throws.

Tennessee’s biggest lead of the first half was 37-10 before Danay Fothergill had a 3-pointer, and the Lady Vols led 39-15 at half.

UT widened the lead to 28 points with a 6-0 spurt in the second half. Middleton’s 3-pointer pushed it to 32 points at 65-33.

TIP-INS:

Tennessee: The Lady Vols’ bench outscored their opponent’s entire team for the second consecutive game, with a 58-19 advantage against Lipscomb’s substitutes.

Lipscomb: Freshman starter Emily Eubank scored eight straight points including a pair of 3-pointers for Lipscomb to close within 52-29.

UP NEXT:

Tennessee: at No. 18 Rutgers on Dec. 14.

Lipscomb: vs. Wichita State on Dec. 16.

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