Lady Vols hold off #12 Texas for big road win
Meme Jackson scored a career-best 33 points, Evina Westbrook had 23 and No. 9 Tennessee beat No. 12 Texas 88-82 on Sunday.
Jackson made two free throws with 21.6 seconds left to give Tennessee (8-0) a five-point lead. She entered Sunday averaging 10 points per game.
Audrey Warren had a season-best 21 points for Texas (7-2), and Danni Williams scored all 14 of her points in the second half.
Tennessee got a five-point swing when the Longhorns' Jada Underwood missed an open layup and Jackson hit a 3-pointer for a six-point lead with 4:24 remaining.
The Lady Vols trailed by 11 in the first quarter but strung together an 11-0 run in the second quarter and led 40-35 at halftime.
Texas shot miserably in the second quarter, missing 14 of 17.
Tennessee: The Vols entered Sunday ranked 263rd in the country by making 63.6 percent of their free throws. They were much better against Texas, hitting 24 of 32 after making 25 of 30 in a win over Stetson.
Texas: Joyner Holmes made her first appearance of the season after recovering from right ankle surgery in October. That's potentially important for the Longhorns, since the 6-foot-3 Holmes is their best rebounder, a capable scorer inside, and because starting guard Lashann Higgs is out for the season with a torn left ACL. Higgs was the team's leading scorer through the three-plus games she played before the injury. Holmes played just 11 minutes Sunday, contributing two points and three rebounds.
Tennessee faces Stanford on Dec. 18 in Knoxville. The Vols beat the Cardinal 83-71 last season in Palo Alto, California.
Texas faces Stetson on Dec. 16 in Austin.