AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Meighan Simmons scored 20 points and the No. 7 Tennessee women pulled away late in opening Southeastern Conference play Sunday with a 73-52 victory over Auburn.
The Lady Vols (9-3, 1-0 SEC) closed the game on a 19-6 run to turn a tight contest into a blowout and win for the 27th time in the last 30 meetings with the Tigers (8-6, 0-1).
Shekinna Stricklen added 17 points on 5-of-18 shooting for Tennessee. Glory Johnson had 14 points and 13 rebounds and Alicia Manning scored 10 points.
Camille Glymph led Auburn with 21 points, making 5 of 10 from 3-point range.
The Lady Vols struggled from the field, shooting just 32 percent (21 of 65) but gave Auburn fits on the boards and with a trapping defense that allowed few open shots.
Tennessee forced 25 turnovers and had 12 steals, and the Lady Vols dominated in rebounding 49-31.
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