Lady Vols back home with Bahamas title

Lady Vols back home with Bahamas title


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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The Lady Vols won the championship of the Bahamas over the weekend, now they're trying to win two more-- closer to home.

The SEC and NCAA championships are the ultimate goals for this season.

"It's a great accomplishment to really win one of our first tournaments and getting the experience to know what winning a championship feels like,' said guard Meighan Simmons before practice on Tuesday. 

Simmons scored a season-high 32 points in a 76-67 win over Virginia in an opening round game at the Junkanoo Jam in Freeport, Bahamas last week.

"It was a great experience. The first game I didn't know it was going to come like that, but it happened," Simmons said.

The Lady Vols won the championship game the next day by beating SMU.

Guard Ariel Massengale had 13 assists in the win over Virginia. She scored 16 points in the 87-47 win over SMU.

Simmons and Massengale were room mates at the tournament. They shared a similar pre-game routine that paid-off for both players.

"Just relaxing before games. Getting our naps in. Listening to music, we just did our normal routine," said Massengale before practice on Tuesday. 

"I think we both calmed each other down on the court. She had a tremendous tournament and shot the ball extremely well. We knew that one of those games were coming for her."

While Simmons scored 32 points in the tournament opener-- Massengale combined for 26 points in the tournament and currently leads the team in scoring with 13.7 points per game.

The Lady Vols host Texas Sunday at 1 p.m.Thompson-Boling Arena.

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