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Tennessee Lady Vols Basketball takes down Stetson, 73-46

 

UT Lady VolsKnoxville, TN – Five players scored in double figures, as No. 23 Tennessee Lady Vols Basketball team topped Stetson, 73-46, at Thompson-Boling Arena on Tuesday night to improve to 5-0 on the year.

The Lady Vols opened with five straight wins for the third season in a row, and they gave head coach Kellie Harper the first 5-0 start of her career.
 
Junior Rennia Davis and freshman Jordan Horston led Tennessee in scoring with 15 and 14 points, respectively. Sophomore Rae Burrell notched her first career double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds, while sophomore Jazmine Massengill pitched in 12 points and junior Kasiyahna Kushkituah tallied 11.

Tennessee Women's Basketball freshman Jordan Horston scored 14 points in win over Stetson Tuesday night. (UT Athletics)

Tennessee Women’s Basketball freshman Jordan Horston scored 14 points in win over Stetson Tuesday night. (UT Athletics)

Stetson (2-3) was led in scoring by Day’Neshia Banks, a high school teammate of Davis, with 21, followed by Kennedi Colclough with 10. 

With the win, UT improved to 8-0 against Stetson (2-3) and to 12-0 all-time vs. schools in the Atlantic Sun Conference. Tennessee out-rebounded the Hatters 48-32, making it the fifth-straight came that the Big Orange recorded more rebounds than their opponents.
 
Senior Lou Brown scored the opening points of the evening with a corner three less than a minute into the game. Tennessee would go on to knock down five more three-point shots in the opening quarter, recording a 66.7 shooting percentage from beyond the arc in the period.
 
Horston quickly drained two more three-pointers, giving the Lady Vols an early 9-2 lead over the Hatters. Sophomore Rae Burrell came off the bench at the 4:44 mark and quickly sank another three for UT, giving the Lady Vols a 12-8 advantage.
 
Freshman Jessie Rennie kept the three-point scoring streak alive with another bucket from beyond the arc, putting the Lady Vols up 15-10. Horston would finish out the quarter with a jumper from inside the paint to give the Big Orange a 20-11 lead at the end of the first period. Horston led the team with 11 points, while Massengill dished out five assists.
 
Davis scored a bucket just over two minutes into the second quarter to get the Lady Vols going. The Big Orange went on a 9-0 scoring run to close out the second stanza, starting with a pair of free throws from Kushkituah with 2:15 left. A pair of buckets from Davis and a last second three-pointer from Horston closed out the scoring run for the half. The freshman had her career high for threes by halftime with four.
 
Both Horston and Davis scored in double digits in the first half with 14 and 11 points, respectively. Kushkituah had a team-high five rebounds, while freshman Tamari Key led the team in blocks with two.
 

Massengill opened up the third stanza with two buckets, followed by a jumper from Key to extend UT’s lead to 45-26 with 6:50 left in the quarter. Burrell came off the bench again to score for the Lady Vols, scoring a lay-in to make the game 49-28 with just over four minutes remaining in the period.
 
Kushkituah went on to score Tennessee’s next three buckets via layups and finished the quarter leading the team with seven points. The biggest advantage of the quarter also came when UT had a 24-point lead at 2:03 left after a lay-in from Kushkituah.
 
Burrell scored an easy jumper in the opening two minutes of the final quarter, making it 60-38 in favor of the Lady Vols. Massengill scored UT’s eighth bucket from beyond the arc with 7:16 left to play, followed by two free throws from Burrell to extend the lead by another five points. The Lady Vols led the Hatters by 27 for most of the fourth quarter and finalized it at the end following a couple free throws from Massengill in the last thirty seconds of the game.

Horston Dishing
Jordan Horston doled out seven assists against the Hatters, leading the team for the fourth time this season and moving her average to 4.8 apg. If the season ended today, that average would rank her second all-time among Lady Vol freshmen.

Unselfish Play
UT posted its highest assist total of the season against Stetson, dishing out 19 on the night. Through five games the Lady Vols have recorded at least 16 assists in every contest. 

Raining Threes
The Lady Vols scored their first 18 points from behind the arc, shooting a sizzling 66.7 percent from 3-point range in the first quarter. The six made threes in the opening quarter tied UT’s record for most threes in a quarter that was set during the opening stanza at Long Beach State on December 17th, 2017.

Newcomers Hitting Opening Buckets
Lou Brown and Jordan Horston opened the scoring for UT against Stetson, knocking down 3-pointers to combine for the Lady Vols’ first nine points. Newcomers have scored the first points in four of Tennessee’s five games this season.

Working the Boards
Six Lady Vols finished the night with 5+ rebounds, helping UT out-board Stetson 48-32. Tennessee is averaging 53.0 rebounds per game through five games while holding opponents to 35.2.

1st and 500th
Tuesday’s match-up with Stetson was the 500th Lady Vol game played in Thompson-Boling Arena. The first contest in T-BA was played on December 3rd, 1987, and also featured the Hatters. In that contest No. 1-ranked Tennessee defeated Stetson, 102-59.

Next Up For UT Lady Vols Basketball

Tennessee Women’s Basketball will return to action on Tuesday, November 26th, hosting Arkansas Pine-Bluff for UT’s first Salute to Service game. The contest will tip at 6:00pm, and current military members and veterans will receive free admission when presenting their military ID. The game will be streamed on SECN+ and broadcast on Lady Vol Network radio stations.

Fans can buy tickets at AllVols.com.


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