Lady Vols Use Long-Distance Shooting To Down North Carolina

Tennessee Wins 81-65 In Matchup Of Nationally Ranked Powers

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - by Special to Chattanoogan.com

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- The No. 4 Tennessee Lady Vols used hot shooting from 3-point range to rout No. 12 North Carolina, 81-65, on Monday night at Carmichael Arena as part of ESPN's Tip-Off Marathon. Tennessee defense was stifling in limiting UNC to just 30.4 percent from the floor.

The Lady Vols (2-0) shot a sizzling 8-of-19 on 3-pointers led by Ariel Massengale's career-best five 3-pointers. The junior guard tallied a career-high 20 points, while grabbing a career-high tying six rebounds and handing out seven assists.

Junior post Isabelle Harrison netted 14 points as she was nearly perfect from the floor (4-of-5 from the floor and 6-of-6 from the line). Redshirt junior guard Andraya Carter tallied 10 points as she did miss a shot making all three field goals and both foul shots.

Cierra Burdick led the Lady Vols' glass game with nine rebounds as Tennessee outrebounded UNC, 49-44.

The Tar Heels (1-1) were led by Allisha Gray, who scored 15 points. Brittany Rountree (13), Xylina McDaniel (12), and Stephanie Mavunga (11) also scored in double-figures.

Tennessee opened the game hot from beyond the 3-point arc. Massengale knocked down four 3-pointers and Carter connected on both of her trifecta attempts as Tennessee led 40-28 at halftime. UT made 7-of-15 3-pointers in the first half while UNC converted just 2-of-10 treys.

Massengale (12) and Carter (10) combined for more than half of Lady Vols' first-point point total.

Tennessee built a first-half lead as large as 14 points with 8:36 left in the half on the first 3-point field goal of Jordan Reynolds's college career.

The second half was more of the same for Tennessee as the Lady Vols continued to bomb away from beyond the arc. Tennessee scored the first seven points of the second half. Massengale's fifth trey of the game put UT up 45-28. Harrison added a jumper for a 19-point lead.

The Tar Heels missed their first eight shots from the field in the second half and were held without a field goal for more than eight minutes bridging the halves (0-of-12).

Simmons' layup with 13:51 left in the game, put UT ahead by 20-plus points for the first time, 53-32.

North Carolina continued to chip away and cut its deficit to 11 points on a 3-pointer by Mavunga with 5:46 left in the second half, 68-57.

But Tennessee answered the Heels and regained a lead of 15 minutes later and held it for the remainder of the game.

The Lady Vols return home to host their regular-season home opener on Thursday night at Chattanooga comes to Thompson-Boling Arena. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.

(E-mail Larry Fleming at larryfleming44@gmail.com)

Covenant Basketball Splits With Piedmont

The Covenant men's basketball team used a 28-9 scoring run over the final eight minutes of play to erase an eight-point deficit and earn a 79-68 victory at Piedmont on Wednesday night in USA South action. The win moves the Scots to 13-8 overall on the year and 8-3 in the USA South. It also clinches a winning season and the eight wins in the USA South are ... (click for more)

UTC Softball Team Opens Season At NTC Tournament

The Chattanooga Mocs softball team opens its season Friday in Clermont, Fla., at the National Training Center Tournament. UTC faces four opponents in five games, including Morgan State, Liberty, Bethune-Cookman and Akron. "We're anxious to get out on the field," head coach Frank Reed stated. "We need to be consistent and limit our early errors. We just need to do what we do ... (click for more)

Hamilton County Principals Say Part 1 Of TN Ready Testing Should Be Cut Due To Online System Failure

Hamilton County principals are asking that Part 1 of the TN Ready Assessment be dropped this year due to the recent crash of the online system for the program. The principals also asked that any Part 1 TN Ready test results  not be applied to students’ grades or to evaluations and rankings for school personnel and school districts. The local principals also ... (click for more)

Allan Walsh Named New Bradley County Workhouse Superintendent

Sheriff Eric Watson announced the appointment of Allan Walsh as superintendent of the new Bradley County Workhouse, which will begin construction soon and be opened this year.  Plans are for the new facility, to be adjacent to the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, Jail and Courts complex, to hold up to 128 non-violent, low security inmates. A graduate of Bradley ... (click for more)

What Our Schools Are And Have Been Doing About Bullying

Bullying has been a widely discussed topic during the last few weeks in the wake of the incident involving the Ooltewah High basketball team.  Contrary to public opinion, Hamilton County Schools have not been passive in our efforts to address bullying now or for the past several years.  Unfortunately, bullying is a societal norm that is infiltrating our school community, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Warmth For Cold Days

I come across all sorts of warm things every day and as we burrow out of sub-freezing temperatures for a day or two, shaking off ice and snow, allow me to share a few things for a change that may take the bite out of the winter wind. This is what helps me. * * * Judy Bellenfant, who has been a soul mate ever since we shared jokes in high school classrooms, sends along this ... (click for more)