KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Meighan Simmons scored 17 points as No. 5 Tennessee beat Vanderbilt 68-56 on Saturday night to remain perfect in Southeastern Conference play.
The Lady Volunteers (17-2, 5-0) went on an 18-0 run in the first half during a 9:22 Commodores scoring drought to take a 21-5 lead. They took a 50-28 lead in the second half on a 3-pointer by Angie Bjorklund with 11:27 left.
Bjorklund and Glory Johnson each scored 14 points, Kamiko Williams hit 13 points and Kelley Cain grabbed 13 rebounds.
The Commodores (12-6, 3-2) used 48.6 percent shooting after halftime, hitting 5 of 9 from 3-point range, to chip away at Tennessee's lead. Jasmine Lister hit a 3 with 1:04 left that cut the margin to 64-56, but it was as close as Vanderbilt would get.
Lister had 17 points for Vanderbilt, which dropped to 0-26 against Tennessee in games played in Knoxville.