Tennessee Lady Vols: Three takeaways from 78-69 win at Vanderbilt

The Tennessee Lady Vols beat the Vandy Commodores in Nashville Thursday. Here are three things we learned from the women’s basketball Volunteers’ victory.

They just keep winning in SEC play. For the sixth straight time, the No. 22 ranked Tennessee Lady Vols came away victorious in a conference game, beating the Vanderbilt Commodores on the road 78-69 at Memorial Gym in Nashville.

Despite trailing at the end of the first quarter, UT used a dominant second quarter to take control of the game. Up next for them is a trip to Columbia to face the No. 1 ranked South Carolina Gamecocks Sunday.

With this win, Kellie Harper’s team improved to 17-4 and 7-1 in the SEC, and Vanderbilt fell to 12-9 and 2-6 in league play. Now, the Tennessee Lady Vols are about to begin a run of five straight games against top 25 RPI teams. Before we get to that, here are three takeaways from their win in Nashville.

1. Aggression on the wing continues.

Rennia Davis dropped 30 points to help UT beat the LSU Tigers on Sunday. She dominated again as the leader of this team, scoring 22 points and grabbing seven rebounds, leading the team in both. Off the bench, Rae Burrell also helped on the wing by scoring 11 points. These two were dominant from the start, and they led the way.

2. Younger players are scoring much more efficiently.

Jordan Horston scored 11 points, and she and Tamari Key combined to go six-of-13 from the field. Meanwhile, Jazmine Massengill was six-of-nine, and we already mentioned Burrell’s scoring. She was four-of-five. So the freshmen and sophomores in this game were 16-of-27 from the field on the night, an amazing stat line.

3. Turnovers can’t be ignored.

Again, this has been a problem for the Tennessee Lady Vols all year. But we can’t stop bringing it up. There are numerous issues with them having 17 turnovers in this game, and they continue to struggle with consistency without Zaay Green running the show in the backcourt. It’s got to improve with this stretch run coming.