Lady Vols Down Carson-Newman 104-44

Lady Vols Down Carson-Newman 104-44


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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Pat Summitt's legacy at Tennessee goes back to 1974, the year she was hired as the Lady Vols head coach. Since then, every season has started the same way, Summitt courtside with that penetrating stare.

All that changed on Thursday night.

For the first time in nearly four decades, another coach did the staring, and it worked. 

The Lady Vols beat Carson-Newman 104-44 in a preseason tune-up under new head coach Holly Warlick.

"We did some good things but we can be so much better, I was not very happy with us in the first half defensively," Warlick said after the game.

The Lady Vols led 45-15 at the half.

Senior guard Meighan Simmons led the way with 24 points, and freshman player Bashaara Graves made a good first impression by scoring 17 points and grabbing 15 rebounds.

But Tennessee players echoed the head coach's feelings about their effort.

"I would say it was inconsistent, effort level was there at times and not at others, and as a senior that's my responsibility so I take full responsibility for that," said senior guard Taber Spani.

"We have a long way to go and we understand that."

Sophomore Isabelle Harrison scored 19 for the Lady Vols. Other players scoring in double figures were freshman Jasmine Jones with 16 points and Spani who added 11.

Carson-Newman was led in scoring by Chante Markus with 12 points and Lashawnda Preacher had 10.



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