Lady Vols Pull Away From Texas, 75-61

Sunday, December 08, 2013
The third-ranked Tennessee Lady Vols held off Texas' mid-game rallies to pull away for a 75-61 victory Sunday at Thompson-Boling Arena.

Texas cut Tennessee's lead to one point three times, but the Lady Vols got timely scoring from their veteran players to improve to 8-0 this season.

Sophomore Isabelle Harrison led the Lady Vols by matching her career high with 18 points to go along with eight rebounds.
Junior Arielle Massengale added 15 points, 11 of them coming in the second half. She also dished out a team-leading seven assists.

Texas (6-3) was led offensively by Chassidy Fussell and Nneka Enemkpali, who both finished with 12 points.

Tennessee opened the second half with a 5-0 run, but Texas eventually closed the lead to 35-34. Faced with another Longhorn rally, the Lady Vols responded with a 9-0 run.

Junior Cierra Burdick hit a jumper on the right wing on an assist by Ariel Massengale to give Tennessee a 42-34 lead with 13:19 left. Mercedes Russell added a pair of free throws less than a minute later to stretch the Lady Vols' lead to 10.

Tennessee led by as many as 15 points in the second half, going up 65-50 on a layup by senior Meighan Simmons with 4:34 left. Simmons finished with 13 points, scoring 11 in the second half.

Coming off the bench for just the second time this season, Burdick helped Tennessee on both ends of the court. She finished with 10 points and eight bounds.

With the victory, the Lady Vols opened the season with an 8-0 record for the first time since the 2009-10 season.

Tennessee out rebounded Texas 45-37, marking the first time a team has had more rebounds in a game against the Longhorns this year.

The Lady Vols opened the game on an 11-2 run and led the rest of the way, though Texas slowly closed in on Tennessee's lead. The Lady Vols did not score in the final 4:12 of the first half, and a jumper by Krystle Henderson brought the Longhorns within one point, 28-27 at halftime.

Harrison led Tennessee at halftime with eight points on 3-for-9 shooting from the field and added four rebounds. Eight Lady Vols were in the scoring column in the first half.

Sunday's game was Tennessee's first contest since winning the Junkanoo Jam in the Bahamas on Nov. 28 and 29 against Virginia and SMU.

The Lady Vols have four more games on schedule to close out the 2013 calendar year. Tennessee plays the first of those games Saturday with a home contest against Troy at 2 p.m.

Pearson, Newell Lead Silverdale Past East Hamilton

The Silverdale Baptist Academy Lady Seahawks got off on the right foot Friday morning in the first game of pool play in the 24th Annual Lady Trojan Invitational softball tournament at the Kids Park in Soddy Daisy. Despite a couple of key players being away for the day, the Lady Seahawks didn't miss a beat as they scored three runs in the first inning before getting two more in ... (click for more)

UTC's Taylor Hall Gets WNBA Tryout

It began with a text close to midnight Monday from head coach Jim Foster. That was followed shortly by a phone call. Following the WNBA Draft Monday night, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga senior Taylor Hall (New Tazewell, Tenn.) received an invitation from the Seattle Storm to participate in training camp and fight for a spot on the 2014 roster. “It’s hard ... (click for more)

Bus Driver Will Not Face Charges In Tragic Bus Accident

Sergeant Tommy Sturdivan announced in a Friday afternoon press conference that the investigation into the death of six-year-old Zackery Bryant at Chattanooga Valley Elementary has been officially declared complete and that there will be no criminal charges. Zackery died tragically on Monday morning after being hit by a school bus after stepping off. According to Sgt. Sturdivan, ... (click for more)

Soddy Daisy May Begin Effort To Allow Wine In Grocery Stores; Concussion Forms Required For Sporting Events; WWTA Chided For Causing Potholes

The Soddy-Daisy Commission is considering taking steps to allow wine in grocery stores now that Tennessee state lawmakers have voted to lift restrictions. To have the law appear on the next ballot for a vote, Mayor Janice Cagle said a petition with an amount of signatures totaling 10 percent of the number of voters in the last general election will have to be collected. Commissioner ... (click for more)

State Moving Forward In Educational Improvements

The State Collaborative on Reforming Education released the following statement from President and CEO Jamie Woodson regarding the 2014 legislative session in Tennessee and HB1549/SB1835, which passed the General Assembly Thursday: After a year of extensive public and legislative conversation regarding higher academic standards and related strategies to improve student learning, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Some Really Funny Tweets

I am not on Twitter so I don’t tweet. Difficulties with my right hand don’t even allow me to text and when you blend in the fact I am now a bonafide senior citizen, it is ample reason for me to live a life where I am lacking in what otherwise might be achieved through social networking. Twitter has done real well without me. It is one of the 10 most visited websites in the world; ... (click for more)