published Sunday, February 17th, 2013

Lady Vols outlast Vanderbilt 83-64

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    Tennessee's Jasmine Jones (2) shoots Sunday against Vanderbilt's Heather Bowe (3) during their NCAA basketball game in Knoxville.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

KNOXVILLE — Meighan Simmons scored 17 points and was one of five Tennessee players to reach double figures Sunday as the 12th-ranked Lady Volunteers defeated Vanderbilt 83-64 to clinch their 37th consecutive 20-win season.

Tennessee (20-5, 11-1 Southeastern Conference) hasn’t failed to win at least 20 games since going 16-11 in 1975-76. This latest victory gave Tennessee a half-game lead in the SEC standings over No. 11 Texas A&M (20-5, 10-1), which hosts No. 9 Kentucky (22-3, 10-2) on Monday.

The Lady Vols have never lost at home to Vanderbilt in 28 contests. Tennessee leads the all-time series with Vanderbilt 62-8.

Ariel Massengale scored 14 points, Bashaara Graves had 13 points and Jasmine Jones and Taber Spani each added 12 points for Tennessee.

Jasmine Lister matched a career high with 24 points for Vanderbilt (16-9, 6-6), while Morgan Batey and Heather Bowe each added 10 points.

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