Oklahoma State linebacker Ryan Simmons sported a slightly different shade of orange Sunday afternoon, cheering on his sister, Meighan, from the stands at Chesapeake Energy Arena as Tennessee beat Oklahoma 74-59 in the Sweet 16.
Meighan, a junior guard, struggled against the Sooners, making just 1-of-15 shots from the floor and finishing with five points. But the Lady Vols’ leading scorer (17 points per game) got plenty of help from her teammates in the 15-point victory to move on to face Louisville in an Elite Eight showdown Tuesday night.
Ryan isn’t surprised by his sister’s success on the court. They grew up in an athletic family, which includes five other brothers and sisters that also played sports while growing up. On Saturday mornings, they all used to get up early and play basketball against each other.
And Meighan, the third-youngest of the seven children, never backed down.
“She’s very intelligent. She’s very fast. She’s relentless,” Ryan said. “She’s not scared of nobody … she’s very confident. That’s the main thing I can say. We used to beat her up on those Saturday mornings. We used to be outside fouling her like like crazy. I think that’s really helped her out with her game now.”