KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A few days away from basketball is just what Isabelle Harrison and her Tennessee teammates needed to gain a fresh perspective.
Harrison returned from a holiday break at home with family to score 26 points and grab 15 rebounds in just 18 minutes of play in the fifth-ranked Lady Volunteers' 110-42 win over Lipscomb on Sunday.
"It helped a lot because I missed my family. Sometimes you need that grounding to just get you back to realizing what you need to do," Harrison said. "We came back, and everybody was ready to work."
A dominating game is just what Tennessee coach Holly Warlick was looking for after the Lady Vols suffered their first loss of the season, a 76-70 decision at then-No. 6 Stanford on Dec. 21.
With Thursday's Southeastern Conference season opener against No. 16 LSU on the horizon, Warlick returned to Knoxville with a laundry list of things to fix against the Lady Bisons.
"Very pleased with the outcome," Warlick said. "We had a pretty tough practice the day we came back. It was mentally testing, it was physically testing, it was up and down. . I'm really not surprised the way we played. I think Stanford maybe got us focused a little bit more."
The Lady Vols (11-1) scored first against Lipscomb and never trailed, using a 17-0 run early to build a 25-4 lead with 12:29 left in the first half in the first-ever meeting between the two programs.
Harrison led the way, notching a double-double by halftime with 12 points and 10 rebounds and outscoring all Lady Bisons in the second half 14-13.
The Lady Bisons (3-8) managed to create some traffic in the lane on defense, but Tennessee played right through it, outshooting them 57.9 to 22.4 percent and outscoring them 66-16 in the paint.
Lipscomb struggled to get clean looks of its own inside as half of its baskets from the field before halftime came on 3-pointers. It wasn't enough to keep up, and the Lady Vols pushed the margin to as many as 35 points and took a 62-29 lead into the locker room.