Knoxville, TN (Sports Network) - Led by 18 points from Meighan Simmons the
second-seed Tennessee Lady Vols eased past the 15th-seed Oral Roberts Golden
Eagles, 83-62, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Thompson-Boling
Ariel Massengale and Isabelle Harrison had 13 points apiece and Bashaara
Graves netted 11 for Tennessee (25-7) which had every player on the roster
record at least one field goal for the 14th time this season. The win was the
first for the Volunteers in the NCAA Tournament under first-year head coach
Holly Warlick, who took over for Hall of Fame coach Pat Summitt this season.
Tennessee will take on 10th-seed Creighton in the second round.
Kevi Luper had a game-high 20 points for Oral Roberts (18-13). Savanna Buck
and Taylor Cooper each registered 15 points and Sarah Shelton brought in 10
rebounds for the Golden Eagles.
In the first half the Lady Vols managed to shoot at just a 35.9 percent rate
from the field. The Golden Eagles hit on 37 percent from the field but had
four fewer field goals and went into the break trailing, 44-31.
In the second half the Lad Vols found their shooting touch, connecting on 53.8
percent from the floor to pull further away.
Tennessee traded in 20 Oral Roberts' turnovers for 27 points. The win was the
47th to come by at least 20 points for Tennessee in the NCAA Tournament.
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