No. 8 Tennessee's 18-2 run to start second half boosts it to win vs. Vandy
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Meighan Simmons scored 22 points to help No. 8 Tennessee rout No. 16 Vanderbilt 81-53 on Monday night and win its sixth consecutive game, continuing the Commodores' history of road futility in this series.
Vanderbilt (17-6, 6-4 SEC) has never beaten the Lady Vols (20-4, 9-2) at Knoxville in 29 attempts.
Tennessee had lost 74-63 at Vanderbilt on Jan. 12, but the Lady Vols never trailed in the rematch. The Lady Vols shot 58.2 percent (32 of 55) and held Vanderbilt without a basket for the first 9 minutes, 25 seconds of the second half.
Isabelle Harrison scored 18 points and shot 8 of 10 for Tennessee, which clinched its 38th consecutive 20-win season. Andraya Carter added 11 points and seven assists.
Christina Foggie scored 22 points and Marqu'es Webb added 12 points for Vanderbilt, which was held to its lowest point total of the season.
The Lady Vols have gone on this winning streak without the services of starting point guard Ariel Massengale, who missed her fifth consecutive game Monday after inadvertently getting hit in the face while making a steal Jan. 23 in an 89-69 victory versus Florida.
DURHAM, N.C. -- Freshman Diamond DeShields scored a season-high 30 points and No. 17 North Carolina upset No. 3 Duke 89-78 on Monday night.
DeShields hit 12 of 20 shots while becoming the first player to score 30 against Duke since 2009.
Fellow freshman Allisha Gray added 24 points -- including three three-point plays in the final 8 minutes -- for the Tar Heels (18-6, 6-4 Atlantic Coast Conference).
Xylina McDaniel finished with 17 points for North Carolina, which never trailed, hit 12 3-pointers, built three separate double-figure leads in the second half and finally made the third one stand.
The Tar Heels snapped a three-game overall losing streak, a seven-game slide against their fiercest rivals and claimed their first win at Cameron Indoor Stadium since 2008.
Elizabeth Williams had a career-high 28 points on 12 of 23 shooting and Tricia Liston added 20 for Duke (22-3, 9-2).
After last week's 88-67 loss to No. 2 Notre Dame, the Blue Devils have lost consecutive games at Cameron for the first time in two decades.