GAMEDAY Womens Basketball

Tennessee 49, Central Florida 41

Associated Press

ORLANDO, Fla. - Jordan Horston had her first double-double in nearly two years and No. 15 Tennessee beat UCF 49-41.

Horston, who started in an exhibition win over Georgia College on Nov. 3 but did not play (ankle) in Tennessee's season opener, blocked a shot by Tay Sanders and then was assessed a technical foul apparently for something she said. Diamond Battles made the ensuing free throws with 46.9 seconds to play to pull UCF to 46-41 but Alisha Lewis missed a deep 3-point shot with nearly 20 seconds on the shot clock and the Knights did not score again.

Battles sandwiched a pair of 3-pointers around two free throws in an 8-0 run over the final 71 seconds of the third quarter to trim UCF's deficit to 34-30. The Knights, however, then went scoreless for more than six minutes going 0 for 5 from the field and committing four turnovers - including three on consecutive possession - in that span as Tennessee stretched its lead back into double figures.

Rae Burrell, the Lady Vols' leading returning scorer (16.8 points per game), did not play. Burrell left Tennessee's 59-49 win over Southern Illinois on Wednesday night with 1:24 left in the second quarter after suffering a knee injury.

Jordan Walker, who scored 14 points, making one of Tennessee's two lone 3-pointers made of 15 attempts, and Alexus Dye, who had a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds.

UCF (1-1) - which led Division I last season in scoring defense (50.5 per game), allowing its opponents to shoot just 34% from the field (No. 7 nationally) - stifled Duquesne in a 68-39 season-opener win. The Knights limited Tennessee to its fewest points since a 69-48 loss to then-No. 1 South Carolina on February 2, 2020.

Battles finished with a career-high 21 points.

UCF scored just five points on 1-of-10 shooting from the field in the second quarter and the Lady Vols scored 13 of the final 15 first-half points to take the lead for good at 26-14.


Tennessee
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
A. Dye F 31 2-12 1-2 0-0 2-8 2 0 3 2 1 5
T. Key C 19 2-4 0-0 0-0 2-6 0 1 1 3 3 4
J. Horston G 30 6-13 1-2 1-5 1-11 3 1 1 11 2 14
T. Darby G 28 3-10 0-0 2-6 0-0 1 0 1 1 2 8
J. Walker G 16 1-3 1-2 0-1 0-0 0 0 1 2 3 3
B. Miles 33 0-1 0-0 0-1 0-2 3 0 1 2 2 0
S. Puckett 25 2-3 3-4 1-2 2-4 2 1 0 2 1 8
K. Green 14 2-6 3-6 0-0 2-4 0 0 2 1 1 7
K. Wynn 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 1 2 0 0
Totals   199 18-53
(.340)
9-16
(.563)
4-15
(.267)
13-42 11 3 11 28 15 49


UCF
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
B. Smith F 29 1-4 0-0 0-0 0-3 1 2 0 1 3 2
M. Kaba F 27 1-3 2-2 0-0 3-6 0 1 3 3 5 4
D. Battles G 36 6-15 7-7 2-3 0-4 2 1 3 7 2 21
T. Sanders G 28 3-12 0-0 0-2 0-2 1 0 1 1 1 6
A. Burney G 17 1-5 0-0 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 2
A. Lewis 24 1-7 0-0 1-7 0-1 0 0 1 4 4 3
D. Thomas 23 1-3 0-0 0-0 1-11 0 0 3 5 2 2
S. Meertens 14 0-3 1-2 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 1 1 1
N. Luma 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Totals   198 14-52
(.269)
10-11
(.909)
3-13
(.231)
9-32 5 4 12 24 20 41


Officials: Eric Brewton, Rod Creech, Meadow Overstreet
Attendance: 2,819




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