Virginia 67

(3-3, 1-3 away)

(3) Tennessee 76

(6-0, 4-0 home)

    2:00 PM ET, November 28, 2013

    St. George's High School, Freeport, Grand Bahama Island

    1 2 T
    UVA 39 2867
    #3TENN 35 4176

    Top Performers

    Virginia: A. Franklin 25 Pts, 3 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Stl

    Tennessee: M. Simmons 32 Pts, 3 Reb, 5 Ast

    No. 3 Lady Vols defeat Virginia in Bahamas

    Associated Press

    FREEPORT, Bahamas -- Meighan Simmons found her shot and carried Tennessee to another win.

    Simmons scored 32 points, including eight 3-pointers, to lift the third-ranked Lady Vols to a 76-67 win over Virginia on Thursday in the opener of the Junkanoo Jam.

    "I like gyms like this," Simmons said. "I like warm kind of gyms. My energy is always there."

    Simmons, who hadn't scored more than 14 points in a game this season, finished two off her career high.

    "That's Meighan Simmons," said teammate Ariel Massengale, who had a career-high 13 assists. "She's been having a tough time shooting, but shooters have to shoot their way out of it."

    The Lady Vols (6-0) will face unbeaten SMU (7-0) on Friday.

    Simmons helped save Tennessee from another slow start and kept shooting in the second half, during which the Lady Vols led by as many as 12 points before hanging on down the stretch. The Cavaliers cut it to 72-67 with 1:23 left but could get no closer.

    Ataira Franklin scored 19 of her 25 points in the first half to lead Virginia (3-3), which led by as many as 10 before the break.

    "We let them do whatever they wanted to do," Massengale said. "We weren't in a stance. We were fouling. We were getting frustrated with the refs."

    The first half ended with a two-foul sequence that included a technical on Tennessee coach Holly Warlick. The Cavaliers converted three free throws for a 39-35 lead.

    "She said I disrespected the officials," Warlick said. "I didn't think I said enough. It's her opinion. Stupid on my part."

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 67 76
    FG Made-Attempted 24-63 (.381) 28-53 (.528)
    3P Made-Attempted 4-16 (.250) 11-26 (.423)
    FT Made-Attempted 15-28 (.536) 9-16 (.563)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (0/0) 20 (0/0)

    Game Leaders

    PointsA. Franklin 25M. Simmons 32
    ReboundsF. Randolph 5I. Harrison 7
    AssistsA. Franklin 6A. Massengale 13
    StealsK. Wolfe 2A. Massengale 1

    2013-14 Season

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