Harrison sparks No. 5 Lady Vols to 75-58 victory over LSU

Harrison sparks No. 5 Lady Vols to 75-58 victory over LSU

January 23rd, 2015 by Associated Press in Sports - College

Tennessee's Isabelle Harrison (20) makes sure the ball rolls out of bounds as she holds back LSU's Ann Jones, left, and Jasmine Rhoads (10) in their game Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, in Knoxville.

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KNOXVILLE -- Tennessee's Isabelle Harrison regained her shooting touch in front of her former coach.

Harrison scored 25 points -- one off her career high -- as the fifth-ranked Lady Volunteers breezed to a 75-58 victory over LSU on Thursday. Harrison shot 9 of 11 from the floor and made all seven of her free throws.

The 6-foot-3 senior center had shot 4 of 15 three nights earlier in an 88-77 loss at No. 6 Notre Dame, which ended Tennessee's 11-game winning streak.

"It's good to see Izzy get back on track," Tennessee coach Holly Warlick said. "I told a friend of mine today Izzy's going to have a great game. ... It was how she carried herself, how she was focused."

Harrison bounced back on a night that honored former Tennessee coach Pat Summitt as part of the Southeastern Conference's We Back Pat initiative, dedicated to supporting Summitt's foundation in the fight against Alzheimer's. Harrison is one of three Tennessee seniors who began their college careers by playing for Summitt, who stepped down after the 2011-12 season.

"I'm glad she was there tonight to witness it," Harrison said.

Warlick and LSU coach Nikki Caldwell both played for Summitt at Tennessee and worked for her as Lady Vols assistants. The two coaches headed to the stands just before the opening tip and embraced Summitt and gave her flowers as the crowd chanted "We Back Pat!"

"I wouldn't be sitting here today without her," Caldwell said. "It's always great to be able to come back home obviously and see a lot of familiar faces, but anytime I come back to Knoxville, she's the one face I want to see. I'm glad I had the opportunity."

Raigyne Moncrief and Danielle Ballard each scored 15 points for LSU (10-9, 4-3 SEC). Andraya Carter had 13 points for Tennessee (16-3, 6-0)

LSU entered having beaten No. 18 Mississippi State and No. 14 Kentucky in its last two games, with Ballard leading the way in each game. Mississippi State was ranked 15th and Kentucky was 10th at the time they met LSU.

But the Lady Tigers couldn't come close to making it three straight. Tennessee shot 55.6 percent and never trailed all night.

"I thought we should have had more fight in us," Caldwell said. "I really feel as though we should have done a better job defensively."


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