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Corvallis, OR – #14 Tennessee rebounded from a loss at #15 Stanford just three days earlier with a 53-50 win at #7 Oregon State. The Lady Vols (8-3) ended the Beavers’ perfect start to the season as they fell to 8-1 overall.
Diamond DeShields scored a team-high 14 points, including two clutch free throws, her first of the night, with 31.4 seconds remaining — after missing her first six attempts — to seal the win. She also grabbed nine rebounds.
Last season, Tennessee won at #10 Kentucky for its first win over a Top 10 team on the road since the 2007-08 season. Saturday’s win at Oregon State was Tennessee’s second road win at a Top-10 team since winning at #10 Duke on January 28th, 2008.
This win was also the best win over a team away from Knoxville since Tennessee defeated #4 Stanford in the 2008 NCAA Championship Game.
The Lady Vols led by as many as 19 points early in the third quarter and withstood Oregon State’s charge in the second half. The Beavers used an 18-2 run to cut their deficit to one point at 47-46 with six minutes left in regulation.
Down 51-50, Oregon State had four chances to take the lead in the final two minutes, as the Beavers grabbed four consecutive offensive rebounds but couldn’t score.
DeShields made a pair with 31.5 seconds left to put Tennessee up 53-50. Oregon State’s Jamie Weisner missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer as time expired.
Sydney Wiese led Oregon State with 17 points. Weisner had a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds.
Tennessee played a complete first half on both ends of the floor. The Lady Vols shot 54.8 percent from the floor while limiting Oregon State to just 21.9 percent on 7-of-32. The Beavers made just 2-of-14 3-pointers in the first 20 minutes.
The game in the Great Northwest was a homecoming for a trio of Lady Vols from Oregon. Jaime Nared (Portland/Westview H.S.), Jordan Reynolds (Portland/Central Catholic H.S.) and Mercedes Russell (Springfield/SHS) all hail from the state and played on the same AAU team. All three players were McDonald’s All-Americans.
This was the fourth all-time meeting between these programs, and the Lady Vols own a 4-0 record vs. the Beavers in a series that dates back to December 18th, 1981. This was the second time these programs have met when both were ranked.
Kortney Dunbar started her third career game, all coming this season after making 20 appearances off the bench in 2014-15. Jaime Nared started her second consecutive and fifth career game. Nared played her second straight game after missing the first nine of the season with a broken left hand. Mercedes Russell earned her 11th start of the season, she is the only Lady Vol to start all 11 games this year.
Tennessee returns home for its first home game at the friendly confines of Thompson-Boling Arena in 24 days on December 30th when Stetson comes to Knoxvillem TN. That game tips at 7:00pm, and can be seen on SEC Network Plus and heard on the Lady Vol Network.
#14 Tennessee (8-3) 53, Oregon State (8-1) 50
Tennessee Lady Vols
Oregon State Beavers
Technical Fouls: Players: None – Teams: None
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