KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The only suspense in Tennessee's 103-64 victory over Troy on Saturday was whether the third-ranked Lady Vols would set a school single-game rebounding record.
Tennessee utilized its height advantage to outrebound Troy 74-29 and ended up with the second-highest rebounding total in school history. Tennessee pulled down 76 rebounds in a 104-51 rout of Tennessee State on Feb. 27, 1988.
The Lady Vols (9-0) said they didn't realize they were approaching a record that has lasted a quarter-century.
"Did we break it?" Tennessee forward Cierra Burdick said. "We'll get that before the season's over. We had no idea."
Burdick had 15 points and 10 rebounds as one of three Lady Vols with a double-double. Isabelle Harrison scored 13 points and pulled down 12 rebounds despite resting most of the second half. Nia Moore, who didn't play at all Sunday in Tennessee's 75-61 victory over Texas, had 10 points and 13 rebounds to establish career highs in both categories. This marked the first time since 1996 that Tennessee had three players post double-doubles in the same game.
Moore's big performance came on a big day for her family. Her twin sister, Annaya Moore, was a member of Troy's team last season but didn't play because of a foot injury that eventually ended her career. Annaya Moore has since transferred to Tennessee and work as an equipment manager for the Lady Vols.
"I just knew that I wanted to get everybody some equal playing time and I wanted to make sure Nia got some time where we could watch tape on her and try to help her along because I think down the road we're going to need Nia," Tennessee coach Holly Warlick said. "I was proud of her. This is a kid who didn't play (against) Texas, doesn't get a lot of playing time and you don't hear one negative thing out of this kid. She's positive. She works every day, practices hard. When a kid gets rewarded and plays the way she did, I'm excited for her."
Bashaara Graves and Meighan Simmons scored 16 points each and Mercedes Russell added 10 as the Lady Vols recorded their highest point total of the year despite committing a season-high 28 turnovers. Graves, the 2012-13 Southeastern Conference newcomer of the year, returned to the starting lineup Saturday after coming off the bench against Texas.