Lady Vols team up for win

Six play­ers score in dou­ble fig­ures to ex­tend win streak over Longhorns to 4 games.

Austin American-Statesman - - C SPORTS - Also in­side By Rick Cantu rcantu@states­man.com Longhorns C jay jan­ner / amer­i­can-states­man

Chas­sidy Fus­sell’s best of­fen­sive game in a Texas uni­form was not enough to over­come Ten­nessee’s five-player ap­proach.

Ten­nessee coach Holly War­lick praised Fus­sell for her 31-point per­for­mance, but her squad’s team­work and depth were the de­ci­sive fac­tors in a 94-75 vic­tory over Texas on Sun­day af­ter­noon at the Er­win Cen­ter.

Af­ter miss­ing two games with a “mi­nor head in­jury,” Fus­sell con­nected on 9 of her 19 shots from the field and made all 10 of her free throws. The ju­nior guard ig­nited a fran­tic sec­ond-half come­back, but Ten­nessee matched ev­ery Texas rally.

Fus­sell “was a pri­or­ity for us, and she still scored 31 points,” War­lick said. “She’s a scorer, and when good scor­ers get on a roll, they’re hard to stop.”

Ten­neesee, which led by as many as 21 points in the sec­ond half, had six play­ers score in dou­ble fig­ures: guard Meighan Sim­mons (18), for­ward Taber Spani (15), guard Ariel Mas­sen­gale (15), for­ward Cierra Bur­dick (14), for­ward Bashaara Graves (14) and guard Jas­mine Jones (10).

Ten­nessee (7-1) ex­tended its win­ning streak against Texas (6-2) to four games.

Texas could have used a hand from se­nior cen­ter Cokie Reed, who missed the game with an ill­ness. With­out her in the mid­dle, the Lady Vols

Brady San­ders goes up vs. Lady Vols’ Taber Spani (left) and Nia Moore.

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