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No. 6 Tennessee easily beats Mississippi 69-49

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Isabelle Harrison had 21 points and 14 rebounds to lead No. 6 Tennessee past Mississippi 69-49 on Thursday night.

Tennessee (21-3, 11-0 Southeastern Conference) scored just a few seconds after the opening tip and never trailed, slowly pulling away for the easy victory. The Lady Vols have won 17 of 18 games dating back to Dec. 3.

Harrison shot 9 of 14 from the field and also blocked two shots. Bashaara Graves added 17 points off the bench for the Lady Vols.

Mississippi (14-10, 4-7) cut Tennessee’s lead to 14-11 after a layup by Danielle McCray, but the Lady Vols responded with a 20-6 run to take a 34-17 halftime lead. The Rebels missed 17 of their final 18 shots in the first half and have now lost six straight.

Shandricka Sessom and Gracie Frizzell both scored nine points to lead Ole Miss.

Harrison, a 6-foot-3 senior, had 15 points and 10 rebounds by halftime. She needed just 24 minutes on the floor to do her damage, routinely finding room to score in the paint.

Ole Miss had a week to prepare for the Lady Vols, but struggled from the outset. The Rebels shot just 6 for 26 (23.1 percent) from the field in the first half and never recovered, failing to top 50 points for the second time in four games.

Tennessee dominated in just about every facet of the game, especially in the post. The Lady Vols scored 48 points in the paint and finished with a 46-29 rebounding advantage.

Graves was a flawless 7 of 7 from the field and added four rebounds. Tennessee shot 28 of 53 (52.8 percent) from the field.

Now the Lady Vols will prepare for a showdown with No. 10 Kentucky on Sunday in Knoxville.

TIP-INS

Tennessee: The Lady Vols have won 27 straight games against Ole Miss and has a 19-3 record at Tad Smith Coliseum. This is the last time they will play at the Tad Pad — the Rebels are moving to a new facility across the street next season.

Mississippi: The Rebels are still searching for their 400th victory in their home arena. They fell to 399-123 in Oxford.

UP NEXT’

Tennessee: Hosts No. 10 Kentucky on Sunday.

Mississippi: At Missouri on Sunday.

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