Simmons leads balanced attack as Tennessee defeats Oral Roberts 83-62 in NCAA first-round game
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Meighan Simmons scored 18 points, and the Tennessee Lady Vols defeated Oral Roberts 83-62 on Saturday in their first NCAA tournament game of the post-Pat Summitt era.
Tennessee, the No. 2 seed in the Oklahoma City Regional, advanced to a second-round game against No. 10 seed Creighton (25-7). The Bluejays defeated Syracuse 61-56 in their tournament opener.
The Lady Vols (25-7) got points from all 11 players and improved to 51-0 in NCAA tournament games on their home floor.
Tennessee is 49-1 in first-round and second-round games. The Lady Vols have played in every NCAA tournament since the event started in 1982 and have lost in the first two rounds just once, falling to Ball State in a 2009 opening-round game.
All of those wins came under Summitt, who stepped down last April after leading Tennessee to eight national titles and 18 Final Fours in 38 seasons.