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Lady Vols' Simmons emerges as more complete player

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STEVE MEGARGEE
AP Sports Writer

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee guard Meighan Simmons has bounced back from a disappointing sophomore season to emerge as the Southeastern Conference's leading scorer in her junior year.

Now she wants to become a more consistent defender.

The second-seeded Lady Vols (26-7) need Simmons to deliver on both ends of the floor Sunday when they face No. 6 seed Oklahoma (24-10) in an Oklahoma City Regional semifinal matching two of the nation's highest-scoring teams.

Simmons averaged 13.5 points and was the SEC newcomer of the year in 2010-11, but she scored just 11.1 points per game as a sophomore.

She learned from the experience and improved her numbers across the board this year.

Simmons averages 17.3 points per game and holds a narrow edge over LSU's Theresa Plaisance (17.0) for the SEC scoring lead.

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