Meighan Simmons, Bashaara Graves lead way as No. 7 Tennessee beats Florida 78-75 in OT


Tennessee's Bashaara Graves (12) goes for two points with Florida center Vicky McIntyre (34) and Florida forward Christin Mercer (25) try to block the shot during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Gainesville, Fla., Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin)The Associated Press

Meighan Simmons scored 27 points, Bashaara Graves added 17 points and 15 rebounds, and No. 9 Tennessee beat Florida 78-75 in overtime Sunday, snapping the Gators' 15-game winning streak at home.

Graves, who injured her neck late in regulation, hit two clutch free throws with 8.4 seconds remaining. Those forced the Gators to take a 3-pointer at the buzzer, and Kayla Lewis' shot clanged off the front of the rim.

The Gators (13-5, 2-2 Southeastern Conference) battled back from a nine-point deficit in the second half and took the lead on January Miller's jumper in the lane with 29 seconds remaining. But Graves drew a foul on the other end, and sent the game into overtime with a free throw. The Gators failed to get off a shot in the final possession of regulation.

Jaterra Bonds led Florida with 18 points. Leading scorer Jennifer George dislocated her right shoulder in the first half and did not return.