No. 8 Stanford hands No. 9 Lady Vols first loss of season

Orange & White Nation
Holly Warlick 12-18-18

Knoxville, TENN. (WATE) – Again, No. 9 Tennessee dug themselves into a hole on Tuesday night. This time, they couldn’t dig themselves out against Stanford. The Lady Vols (8-1) never led in the first half, and only briefly took the lead in the 3rd quarter before the 8th ranked Cardinal (8-1) pulled away in the 95-85 win.

DiJonai Carrington scored a career-high 33 points on 11-15 shooting, including 4-for-5 from beyond the arc. That was a common occurrence Tuesday. The Cardinal were 9-of-15 in the first half from 3-point range, often completely uncontested, and finished 14-of-24.

“How have we won games? Defense. How have we won games? Rebounding. It was nonexistent tonight,” said Holly Warlick. “They did nothing we didn’t practice or prepare for. They did nothing that surprised us.”

The lone bright spot for Tennessee was Evina Westbrook, who became the first Lady Vol since Candace Parker to score 20+ points in four consecutive games. Westbrook finished with 29 points and 10 assists. Meme Jackson finished with 17 points, while Rennia Davis added 14 points and 10 rebounds and Zaay Green shook off an 0-for-8 start to contribute 14 points.

Tennessee will work to get back in the win column Friday night against ETSU.

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