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No. 4 Lady Vols breeze past Oral Roberts 91-39

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee junior Nia Moore continued her strong start to the season, leading the No. 4 Lady Volunteers to a 91-39 win Monday night over Oral Roberts with 20 points, nine rebounds and four blocks.

Ariel Massengale scored 21 points for Tennessee to end a long layoff. Massengale missed the final 16 games of the 2013-14 season with a head injury and was suspended from Friday’s season-opening victory over Penn due to missing a class.

The Lady Vols (2-0) played without senior center Isabelle Harrison and senior forward Cierra Burdick. Harrison, a first-team all-Southeastern Conference performer last season, injured her right leg late in Friday’s win over Penn. Burdick served the final half of a two-game suspension for missing curfew.

Their absences didn’t matter much Monday.

Oral Roberts (0-2) shot just 25 percent overall and was 1 of 16 from 3-point range. Tennessee also forced 30 Oral Roberts turnovers.

Tennessee started the game on a 10-0 run and ran that advantage to a 25-6 lead midway through the first half after Bashaara Graves sparked a 9-2 spurt with consecutive mid-range jumpers. Graves had 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Moore, who shot 9 of 15, spurred a 16-2 close to the first half with eight points in that span, including a steal and transition layup with eight seconds left in the half.

Moore averaged 2.5 points and 2.0 rebounds her first two seasons for Tennessee. She has averaged 22 points, 11.5 rebounds and 4.0 blocks through the first two games this season.

Oral Roberts center Vicky McIntyre had 10 points and 13 rebounds. She scored the first six points for the Golden Eagles, but that sixth point didn’t come until the 10:01 mark of the first half.

Oral Roberts didn’t record its 10th point until 8:27 remained in the first half.

TIP-INS:

Oral Roberts: The Golden Eagles’ last win over a ranked opponent remains a 78-75 victory over No. 25 Kansas State on Jan. 8, 1986. Oral Roberts has lost all three of its meetings with Tennessee.

Tennessee: Massengale scored her game-high 21 points on 8-for-12 shooting in just 23 minutes. She also had three rebounds and two assists. Andraya Carter, a redshirt sophomore guard who missed the season opener after missing a curfew, had eight points, six steals, four assists and four rebounds.

UP NEXT:

Oral Roberts: Faces local rival Tulsa on Friday.

Tennessee: Hosts Winthrop on Friday.

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