NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The eighth-ranked Tennessee Lady Vols are loaded with size, talent and athleticism. The Vanderbilt Commodores know exactly what they need to do to win.
They stuck to the plan Sunday and did just that.
Jasmine Lister scored 22 points and Christina Foggie added 21 as the Commodores upset No. 8 Tennessee 74-63 for a very rare win over their in-state rival. How rare? Well, the Commodores now have nine victories in the 70 games they count having played against Tennessee.
Vanderbilt coach Melanie Balcomb said she reminded her Commodores not to do anything different than normal just because of a big crowd or the opponent.
"The discipline that they showed to be able to do that I'm really proud of that," Balcomb said. "That makes me smile because that's a lot to look forward to. This is very early in the season."
Vanderbilt (14-3, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) snapped a three-game skid against Tennessee with its first win in the series since Feb. 9, 2012.
Marqu'es Webb added 12 for Vanderbilt, which now has won 11 of its last 12.
Tennessee (13-3, 2-2) now has matched the two SEC losses from all last season. Isabelle Harrison snapped a school-record streak of double-doubles at seven as she scored 10 points and had only five rebounds before fouling out. Not having Harrison for 30 minutes hurt, but coach Holly Warlick was more upset with the Lady Vols' poor defense.
"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."
Meighan Simmons led the Lady Vols with 19 points. Jasmine Jones had 13 and Cierra Burdick 11.
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.
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.
"Tonight I felt like this was our home court," Balcomb said. "I thought we had more black and gold, and I could feel it in the crowd. That's the neatest thing for me after 12 years. ... It didn't happen overnight."