Posted: Jan 26, 2014 5:03 PM
Updated: Jan 26, 2014 5:03 PM
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) Meighan Simmons scored 26 points as No. 11 Tennessee raced past No. 17 Texas A&M 76-55 on Sunday.
Simmons scored nearly as many points (15) as the Aggies in the first half, as the Lady Vols roared to a 36-20 lead over the first 20 minutes and A&M never threatened after the break.
Tennessee, playing without guard Ariel Massengale, snapped A&M's nine-game winning streak in its first visit to College Station. Massengale suffered a face injury in the first half of UT's Thursday victory against Florida.
Eight-time national champion UT whipped A&M in three facets: fast-break points (17-0), points in the paint (38-16) and bench points (12-5).
The Lady Vols shot 33 of 61 (54.1 percent) on the Aggies' home floor, compared to A&M's 23 of 68 (33.8 percent). Simmons, who played at Steele High School near San Antonio, finished 12 of 19 from the floor in the return to her home state.
Bashaara Graves, Isabelle Harrison, and Andraya Carter each chipped in 10 points for Tennessee (16-4, 5-2 SEC).
Courtney Walker led Texas A&M (16-5, 6-1) with 20 points. Courtney Williams scored 14 points, and Karla Gilbert added 14 points with 11 rebounds for the Aggies, who had entered the game allowing a league-best 51 points per game in SEC play.