No. 23/24 Tennessee Lady Vols basketball team picked up its second SEC win of the season, rolling past Ole Miss, 84-28.
Junior Rennia Davis led the Lady Vols (12-3, 2-1 SEC) with 17 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Freshman Jordan Horston narrowly missed a double-double, finishing with 11 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. Freshman Jessie Rennie also was in double figures with 11 points, shooting a perfect 3-of-3 from behind the arc and 2-of-2 from the free-throw line.
Ole Miss (8-8, 0-3 SEC) was paced by Dominique Banks with 12 points and Jayla Alexander who had nine.
UT shot a scorching 73.3 percent in the first quarter, fueled largely by Davis who went 4-of-5 for nine points.
Tennessee got out to a quick start with Davis, Horston and Lou Brown combining for eight points on UT’s first four possessions while holding Ole Miss scoreless for nearly three and a half minutes.
Deja Cage ended the drought for the Rebels, knocking down a three to bring the score to 8-3 with 6:38 remaining in the first quarter. The Lady Vols answered by going 4-of-4 for a 9-0 run to lead 17-3 less than three minutes later. Alexander scored Ole Miss’ only basket in the closing minutes of the period, and Tennessee closed out the quarter with an 8-0 run to lead 25-6 to start the second quarter.
The Lady Vols kept their run going in the second stanza, scoring 10 additional unanswered points to extend the run to 19-0 and lead 36-6 before Banks scored on back-to-back possessions to put the Rebels in double digits with 3:51 remaining in the half. Four different Lady Vols knocked down baskets while holding Ole Miss to just four points, closing out the quarter with a 46-14 lead.
Tennessee shot a season-high 62.5 percent from the floor in the first half and every active member of the UT roster contributed at least two points by halftime.
Horston kicked things off in the third quarter with an old-fashioned three-point play. Davis and Tamari Key followed that up with layups to put Tennessee up 53-14 by the 7:02 mark. The layup was the first of seven-straight points by Key, giving UT a 58-17 lead with 5:26 remaining in the quarter.
Bryn Parker hit a layup for the Rebels just before the media timeout, but multiple Lady Vols made it to the free-throw line following the break, going a perfect 6-of-6 to lead by 45 points with 3:33 remaining in the stanza. Torri Lewis and Banks then combined for five quick points for Ole Miss, but Tennessee outscored UM 5-2 in the closing minutes to lead 69-26 heading into the final stanza.
The Lady Vols opened the fourth with eight unanswered points, holding the Rebels scoreless until Alexander hit a jumper with less than two minutes remaining in the game. Rennie hit one final basket for the Lady Vols, knocking down her third trey of the game as Tennessee seized an 84-28 victory in Oxford.