Lady Vols team up for win
Six players score in double figures to extend win streak over Longhorns to 4 games.
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.