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No. 3 Lady Vols come up big in second half again to beat Texas 75-61

  • Tennessee forward Cierra Burdick (11) reacts to being fouled in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Texas on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

    Tennessee forward Cierra Burdick (11) reacts to being fouled in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Texas on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)  (The Associated Press)

  • Tennessee guard Meighan Simmons, left, get tangled by Texas guard Brianna Taylor (20) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

    Tennessee guard Meighan Simmons, left, get tangled by Texas guard Brianna Taylor (20) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)  (The Associated Press)

  • Tennessee center Mercedes Russell (21) passes the ball from the floor as she's defended by Texas center Kelsey Lang (40) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

    Tennessee center Mercedes Russell (21) passes the ball from the floor as she's defended by Texas center Kelsey Lang (40) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)  (The Associated Press)

Isabelle Harrison had 18 points and eight rebounds Sunday to lead No. 3 Tennessee to a 75-61 victory over Texas.

Although the Lady Vols (8-0) never trailed, they only led 28-27 at halftime and continued their season-long habit of playing better in the second half. Tennessee has been tied or behind in three of its eight games this season, yet won them all by at least nine points.

Ariel Massengale had 15 points and seven assists for Tennessee. Meighan Simmons scored 13 points and Cierra Burdick added 10 points off the bench.

Nneka Enemkpali led Texas (6-3) with 12 points and 11 rebounds. All but two of her points came in the first half. Chassidy Fussell added 12 points despite shooting 1 of 10 from 3-point range.

Krystle Henderson had 11 points and Empress Davenport added 10.