Rutgers 47

(8-4, 1-4 away)

(13) Tennessee 66

(9-3, 6-1 home)

    1:00 PM ET, December 30, 2012

    Thompson-Boling Arena, Knoxville, Tennessee

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    RUTG 13 3447
    #13TENN 33 3366

    Top Performers

    Rutgers: K. Copper 13 Pts, 5 Reb, 1 Stl

    Tennessee: I. Harrison 18 Pts, 11 Reb, 2 Ast, 6 Stl, 1 Blk

    Lady Vols collect NCAA-best 1,200th win

    Associated Press

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- No. 13 Tennessee used a strong defensive performance and balanced scoring to defeat Rutgers 66-47 Sunday.

    The victory was the 1,200th in Tennessee's program history, an NCAA best. It was also the ninth consecutive win over Rutgers for the Lady Volunteers (9-3).

    Tennessee led by as many as 28 points in the second half after leading 33-13 at halftime.

    The Scarlet Knights (8-4) shot 34.6 percent (18 of 52) from the field and just 22.2 percent (6 of 27) in the first half.

    Rutgers' 13 first-half points were the fewest Tennessee has allowed in a first half this season. Rutgers missed its first seven shots as the Lady Vols jumped out to an early 8-0 lead.

    Tennessee's Isabelle Harrison recorded a double-double with a game-high 18 points and 11 rebounds.

    Kahleah Copper led the Scarlet Knights with 13 points.

    Rutgers cut Tennessee's lead to 33-16 to start the second half but never got any closer after the Lady Vols went on a 7-0 run to take a 40-16 lead.

    A jumper by Meighan Simmons with 13:06 left gave Tennessee a 48-20 lead, its largest of the day.

    Simmons scored 11 of her 15 points in the first half. Tennessee's Bashaara Graves had a double-double with 11 points and 14 rebounds.

    The Lady Vols shot 44.1 percent (26 of 59) from the field, and outscored the Scarlet Knights 30-22 in the paint and 19-12 in fast-break points.

    Tennessee scored 24 points off 24 Rutgers turnovers, while the Scarlet Knights managed just eight points off 18 Lady Vols turnovers.

    Rutgers' leading scorer and rebounder, Monique Oliver, injured her left ankle midway through the first half and didn't return. She played just nine minutes and had no points or rebounds.

    Erica Wheeler, with 11 points, was the only Scarlet Knights player besides Copper in double figures.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 47 66
    FG Made-Attempted 18-52 (.346) 26-59 (.441)
    3P Made-Attempted 2-9 (.222) 2-10 (.200)
    FT Made-Attempted 9-16 (.563) 12-18 (.667)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (0/0) 12 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 28

    Game Leaders

    PointsK. Copper 13I. Harrison 18
    ReboundsC. Lee 7B. Graves 14
    AssistsS. Davis 3A. Massengale 6
    StealsE. Wheeler 3I. Harrison 6
    BlocksC. Evans 1I. Harrison 1

    2012-13 Season

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