Lady Vols win NCAA opener; advance to second round
KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Even before the Lady Vols opened play in the NCAA Tournament on Saturday, their head coach faced a more insidious opponent.
Holly Warlick missed morning practice with what's been described as a bout of food poisoning-- her team got off to a sluggish start against Northwestern State, but managed to pull away in the second half.
Tennessee beat the Lady Demons 70-46 to advance to Monday night's second round game at Thompson-Boling Arena.
"We stuck to the game plan, we just didn't do it," said head coach Holly Warlick.
"We missed lay-ups. We missed easy shots. We didn't defend how we were supposed to defend. But I think it's getting a little of the cobwebs out. We hadn't played in two weeks and I think we stepped up and got the job done."
Meighan Simmons, Isabelle Harrison and Mercedes Russell all scored 12 points for Tennessee.
The Lady Vols led 22-20 at the half.
Tennessee will play No. 8 seed St. John's in a second round game Monday night at Thompson-Boling Arena.
They outscored the Lady Demons 48-26 in the second half.