AUBURN, Ala. -- Meighan Simmons scored 20 points and seventh-ranked Tennessee used a second-half spurt to down Auburn 73-52 in the SEC opener for both schools on Sunday afternoon.

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No. 6 Kentucky 59, Florida 56
No. 7 Tennessee 73, Auburn 52
No. 17 Georgia 67, Arkansas 57
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The Lady Vols (9-3, 1-0 SEC) closed the game on a 19-6 run to turn a tight contest into a blowout and win for the 27th time in the last 30 meetings with the Tigers (8-6, 0-1).

Shekinna Stricklen added 17 points on 5-of-18 shooting for Tennessee. Glory Johnson had 14 points and 13 rebounds and Alicia Manning scored 10 points.

Camille Glymph led Auburn with 21 points, making 5 of 10 shots from 3-point range.

The Lady Vols struggled from the field, shooting just 32 percent (21 of 65) but gave Auburn fits on the boards and with a trapping defense that allowed few open shots.

Tennessee forced 25 turnovers and had 12 steals, and the Lady Vols dominated in rebounding 49-31.