Nashville, TENN. (WATE) – Jaime Nared tied a career high in points and rebounds, Mercedes Russell edged closed to Candace Parker in the Tennessee record books, and the 12th-ranked Tennessee Lady Vols (19-4, 7-3 SEC) pulled away from pesky Vanderbilt (6-18, 2-8 SEC) late 74-64.
On an afternoon where the rest of the team struggled to a 24% day from the field, Nared and Russell combined for 50 points. Nared’s 30 points and 14 rebounds were equal to career bests from earlier this season, while Russell’s 20 points and 11 rebounds marked the 41st double-double of her career.
The senior center is four double-doubles away from tying Parker for the second most in Lady Vol history. Chamique Holdsclaw set the record with 57 during her Tennessee career.
Like they did in Knoxville a month ago, Vanderbilt hung around into the fourth quarter, grabbing a 49-48 lead with 6:03 left in the game. A 16-4 run over the next 4:40 put the game out of reach and gifted Tennessee their seventh win in conference play.
The Lady Vols sit in a three-way tie with Texas A&M and LSU for fourth in the SEC. They head to Arkansas (12-11, 3-7 SEC) Thursday night before returning home to face 17th-ranked Georgia (20-3, 8-2 SEC) next Sunday.