No. 8 Tennessee Lady Vols lose 74-63 to Vanderbilt

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 12, 2014 at 7:51 pm •  Published: January 12, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Coach Holly Warlick's frustration with her Tennessee Lady Vols just keeps growing with every game.

Her Lady Vols have plenty of size and athleticism. Their commitment to playing defense the Tennessee way is sorely lacking, and it's already cost the Lady Vols as many losses in Southeastern Conference play as all last season.

Isabelle Harrison fouled out after only 10 minutes, and No. 8 Tennessee blew a 10-point lead early in the second half Sunday in losing 74-63 to Vanderbilt.

"When we give up layups, no lead is sacred," Warlick said. "We got up, and then we relaxed and they took advantage of us. ... No, I'm not surprised."

Harrison picked up two fouls a minute into the game and fouled out in the second half first with a foul before being whistled for a technical. Not having Harrison for 30 minutes hurt, but Warlick was more upset with the Lady Vols' poor defense. She said she had her best five defensive players on the floor and still couldn't slow down Vanderbilt.

"We get up, and we can't stop anybody penetrating so it has nothing to do with Harrison," Warlick said. "It's about what's important on the other end ... Until defense is important to us, we're going to struggle."

Tennessee (13-3, 2-2) snapped a three-game streak in this series with Vanderbilt. Meighan Simmons led the Lady Vols with 19 points. Jasmine Jones had 13 and Cierra Burdick 11.

Jasmine Lister scored 22 points and Christina Foggie added 21 as the Commodores won for only the ninth time in the 70 games they count having played against Tennessee. It was the Commodores' first win in the series since Feb. 9, 2012.

Marqu'es Webb added 12 for Vanderbilt (14-3, 3-1).

The Commodores had the seats at Memorial Gym filled with a majority of black and gold instead of the usual Tennessee orange. They looked very comfortable from the start as they outhustled and outplayed Tennessee most of the game.

Vanderbilt coach Melanie Balcomb remembers her teams being booed early in her 12-year tenure when hosting Tennessee. She credited the marketing staff, her teams and fans for helping flip that edge.