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No. 13 Tennessee women play stifling 1st-half defense to beat Rutgers 66-47

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    Tennessee's Kamiko Williams and Rutgers' Shakena Richardson chase after a loose ball during their NCAA college basketball game in Knoxville, Tenn., Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012. (AP Photo/The Knoxville News Sentinel, Saul Young) (The Associated Press)

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    Tennessee's Taber Spani is pressured by Rutgers' Kahleah Copper, left, and Shakena Richardson during their NCAA college basketball game in Knoxville, Tenn., Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012. (AP Photo/The Knoxville News Sentinel, Saul Young) (The Associated Press)

No. 13 Tennessee used a strong defensive performance and balanced scoring to defeat Rutgers 66-47 Sunday.

The victory was the 1,200th in Tennessee's program history, an NCAA best. It was also the eighth consecutive win over Rutgers for the Lady Volunteers (9-3).

Tennessee led by as many as 28 points in the second half after leading 33-13 at halftime.

The Scarlet Knights (8-4) shot 34.6 percent (18 of 52) from the field and just 22.2 percent (6 of 27) in the first half.

Rutgers' 13 first-half points were the fewest Tennessee has allowed in a first half this season. Rutgers missed its first seven shots as the Lady Vols jumped out to an early 8-0 lead.

Tennessee's Isabelle Harrison recorded a double-double with a game-high 18 points and 11 rebounds. Meighan Simmons scored 15 points and Bashaara Graves 11.

Kahleah Copper led the Scarlet Knights with 13 points.