Lady Vols punch ticket to Sweet 16
Knoxville, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - Bashaara Graves registered a double-double of 21 points and 14 rebounds as the second-seeded Tennessee Lady Vols coasted to a 77-67 decision over the 10th seeded Pittsburgh Panthers in the second round of the NCAA Women's Tournament at Thompson-Boling Arena.
Cierra Burdick also recorded a double-double for the Lady Vols (29-5) with 14 points and 10 boards, while Ariel Massengale netted 16 points. Andraya Carter contributed 10 points for Tennessee, which will take on 11th seeded Gonzaga in the next round. The Lady Vols matchup with the Bulldogs will mark their 33rd Sweet 16 appearance in 34 years.
Brianna Kiesel led the Panthers (20-12) with 32 points on 11-of-24 shooting from the field Yacine Diop provided 18 points and nine boards in the loss.
Burdick made a jumper 19 seconds after the opening tip-off to give the Lady Vols an early lead and they never looked back. Tennessee went into halftime on top, 35-23, and held off Pitt despite hitting on only two out of his last 10 field goal attempts.
The Lady Vols finished with a 46-29 advantage in total rebounds.