KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Auburn couldn't slow down Tennessee's Meighan Simmons until it was too late to matter.
Simmons scored 26 points and sparked an early 19-0 run Thursday night to continue her career-long mastery of Auburn in the 10th-ranked Lady Vols' 93-63 victory. Simmons, a 5-foot-9 guard, averaged 26.5 points in Tennessee's two victories over Auburn last season.
"(I'm) very happy she's a senior," Auburn coach Terri Williams-Flournoy said. "I'll look forward to watching her in the pros."
Simmons scored 25 points in the game's first 21:42. She made 10 of her first 15 shots Thursday before missing her last seven attempts with the game well out of reach.
After the game, Simmons struggled to pinpoint the reason for her history of success against Auburn.
"No explanation," Simmons said. "I just try to come out and play hard. It's not ever about me. It's really about the team. I just want to do whatever I can to kind of help the team win, just do my role and pay attention to what I need to do out there on the floor and just be a leader."
Tyrese Tanner scored 15 points for Auburn (14-12, 5-8 SEC). Tra'Cee Tanner had 14 points and 10 rebounds. Brandy Montgomery scored 12 and Hasina Muhammad added 10.
Cierra Burdick added 19 points and seven rebounds for the Lady Vols (21-5, 10-3). Andraya Carter had 12 points. Isabelle Harrison added 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Tennessee has won 23 of its last 25 games in this series. Auburn has lost 16 straight road games to Tennessee since winning 71-68 in Knoxville on Jan. 9, 1988.
Auburn has lost two consecutive games since capping a three-game winning streak last week with a 68-62 road upset of Vanderbilt, which was ranked 16th at the time. Tennessee bounced back from a 75-71 home loss to No. 15 Kentucky — ranked 18th at the time of their Sunday meeting — and avoided its first two-game skid of the season.
"We knew they would be angry and upset coming off the loss, and they would be ready to go against their next opponent, which just so happened to be us," Williams-Flournoy said.