KNOXVILLE, TN- The Lady Vols picked up their first top-10 win of the season as they defeated No. 10 Stanford, 59-51, at Thompson-Boling Arena on Sunday,
With 9,137 people in attendance, head coach Holly Warlick earned the 1,000th win of her coaching career on Sunday. The Lady Vols improved to 24-10 all time against Stanford and 13-2 when playing at home.
Tennessee (6-4) played stellar defense in the game, forcing 18 turnovers, getting nine steals, blocking five shots and grabbing 27 defensive boards to avoid second chances by the Cardinal (8-2).
Senior Jordan Reynolds was huge for the Lady Vols, scoring a season-high 14 points with three assists, two rebounds, two steals and a block. Redshirt junior Diamond DeShields had a game-high 15 points to go along with seven rebounds, three assists, three blocks and two steals.
Redshirt junior Mercedes Russell posted her sixth double-double of the season with 11 points and 13 rebounds.
Defense was the story in the first quarter, as the Lady Vols struggled to get shots to fall to begin the period. After going down 15-4 with 4:40 remaining, UT came alive and went on a 7-2 run to end the frame, while holding Stanford to 1-of-8 shooting. Reynolds had six points in quarter to fuel the offense.
Tennessee’s defensive momentum continued into the second stanza, holding the Cardinal to 12 points on 5-of-14 shooting and also holding them scoreless for over four minutes. DeShields netted eight points in the quarter to go along with an assist, a block, a rebound and a steal. The two teams went to halftime tied, 29-29.
During the third period, the Lady Vols held Stanford to only nine points and pulled out to a 45-38 lead going into the final stanza. UT ended the quarter on an 8-0 run.
Tennessee’s defense held off a comeback by the Cardinal in the fourth quarter, holding them to 2-of-9 shooting to end the game. In the win, UT’s defense held Stanford to a season-low 51 points.
The Lady Vols will host Troy on Wednesday at Thompson-Boling Arena. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. ET and will feature an online-only broadcast on SECN+/WatchESPN.
Courtesy: University of Tennessee Athletics