No. 3 Lady Vols rout SMU 87-47

Published on NewsOK Modified: November 29, 2013 at 11:22 pm •  Published: November 29, 2013
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FREEPORT, Bahamas (AP) — Tennessee coach Holly Warlick knows success for the Lady Vols is very simple. Play good defense and rebound and good things will happen.

The third-ranked Lady Vols got both in an 87-47 rout of SMU on Friday night to win the Junkanoo Jam.

"Defense and rebounding starts our whole offense," Warlick said. "Tonight they saw the end result of what we've been trying to do."

Tennessee (7-0) outrebounded SMU 54-31 and held the Mustangs to just 26 percent shooting.

"Our defense was solid tonight," Warlick added. "We probably had too many fouls in the first half, but I think we shut down a very talented young lady in (Keena) Mays. She's a great player."

Mays scored 12 points — all in the first half to lead the Mustangs (7-1).

Ariel Massengale scored 16 points and Bashaara Graves added 10 points and 10 assists to lead Tennessee, which scored eight of the first 10 points in the second half to blow the game open after leading by 12 at the break.

It was the Lady Vols' first holiday tournament championship since they won the Paradise Jam in 2005. Tennessee which had been getting off to slow starts lately, led from the beginning in this game.