No. 3 Lady Vols breeze past Troy 103-64



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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Isabelle Harrison, Cierra Burdick and Nia Moore had double-doubles Saturday as No. 3 Tennessee used its height advantage remained unbeaten with a 103-64 victory over Troy.

Tennessee (9-0) outrebounded Troy 74-29 and was only two rebounds away from the school single-game record set in February 1988. Six of Tennessee's 10 players are listed as 6-foot-2 or taller. Troy (4-5) has nobody taller than 6-1.

Harrison had 13 points and 12 rebounds despite sitting out most of the second half. Moore had 10 points and 13 rebounds, career highs in both categories. Burdick scored 15 points and pulled down 10 rebounds.

Moore's big performance came on a big day for her family. Her twin sister, Annaya Moore, was a member of Troy's team last season but was unable to play because of a foot injury that eventually ended her career. Annaya Moore now works at Tennessee as an equipment manager.

Bashaara Graves and Meighan Simmons scored 16 points each and Mercedes Russell added 10 as the Lady Vols recorded their highest point total of the season despite committing 28 turnovers.

Ashley Beverly-Kelley scored 22 points and Joanna Harden added 14 for Troy. Harden entered Saturday's game ranked third in the nation in scoring with 26.6 points per game.

Troy's problems began before the opening tip.

The Trojans received a technical foul before the game when they didn't provide their starting lineup in enough time. Tennessee's Ariel Massengale made one of two free throws to give the Lady Vols a 1-0 lead before the two teams tipped off.

Tennessee stayed in front the rest of the way.

The Lady Vols raced to a 15-2 lead in the first 5 1/2 minutes of the game and built such a big lead early that it could experiment with its lineups. Less than six minutes into the game, Tennessee had all five of its reserves on the floor.

Tennessee built a 49-28 halftime lead despite struggling to take care of the ball. Tennessee had 17 turnovers in the first half, but it utilized its size advantage and defensive intensity to maintain control of the game. The Lady Vols had more offensive rebounds (32) than Troy had total rebounds (29).

Tennessee also managed to slow down Harden, who was coming off a 43-point performance in a 94-86 victory over Evansville. Harden shot 1 of 10 and had only two points in the first half as Andraya Carter and Jasmine Jones took turns guarding the 5-foot-7 guard.

Harden didn't score her first points until 8:11 remained in the first half.

Troy was seeking its first win over a ranked foe in 19 attempts and its first victory over an SEC foe since beating Mississippi State on Nov. 18, 1997. Troy had never faced anyone ranked as high as third before Saturday.

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