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Simmons scores 20 to help Lady Vols edge Missouri 56-50

  • Tennessee's Meighan Simmons, top, shoots over Missouri's Lianna Doty during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Columbia, Mo. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)

    Tennessee's Meighan Simmons, top, shoots over Missouri's Lianna Doty during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Columbia, Mo. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)  (The Associated Press)

  • Tennessee's Andraya Carter, left, and Missouri's Jordan Frericks, right, battle for a loose ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Columbia, Mo. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)

    Tennessee's Andraya Carter, left, and Missouri's Jordan Frericks, right, battle for a loose ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Columbia, Mo. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)  (The Associated Press)

  • Missouri's Bri Kulas, center, shoots between Tennessee's Mercedes Russell, left, and Andraya Carter during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Columbia, Mo. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)

    Missouri's Bri Kulas, center, shoots between Tennessee's Mercedes Russell, left, and Andraya Carter during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Columbia, Mo. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)  (The Associated Press)

Meighan Simmons scored 20 points and Mercedes Russell grabbed 11 rebounds to help No. 10 Tennessee edge Missouri 56-50 on Sunday.

Simmons' steal and breakaway layup with 11:50 remaining capped a 22-5 run to give the Lady Vols (22-5, 11-3 SEC) a 43-27 lead, but Missouri clawed back to within 50-47 on Bri Kulas' layup with 1:22 left.

Tennessee's Isabelle Harrison then converted two free throws with 34.7 seconds to go and two more with 11.4 seconds left to end Missouri's chances. Kulas added a 3-pointer just before the buzzer.

Kulas finished with 22 points and Morgan Eye added 15 for the Tigers (16-11, 5-9), who only trailed by one point at halftime despite shooting 2 of 14 from 3-point range before the break.