No. 11 Lady Vols hand Kansas first loss of season

AP file photo by Phelan M. Ebenhack / Tennessee forward Keyen Green helped seal the Lady Vols' victory against Kansas on Friday in Las Vegas.

LAS VEGAS - Keyen Green scored seven of her 11 points in the fourth quarter as the No. 11-ranked Tennessee women's basketball team broke away from Kansas to win 68-58 on Friday night at the South Point Thanksgiving Shootout.

Tess Darby scored a career-high 11 for the Lady Volunteers (5-0) with a career-best three 3-pointers, Jordan Horston had a team-high 14 points with 11 rebounds for her third double-double and Jordan Walker scored 10 points. Horston finished 4-for-6 from the foul line, making all four free throws she took in the last 39 seconds to help seal the win.

Alexus Dye grabbed nine rebounds to help Tennessee to a 55-38 advantage on the glass, and Tamari Key had three blocks to go with eight points and seven rebounds.

Holly Kersgieter scored a season-high 19 for Kansas (4-1), and she also had eight rebounds, three assists and three steals.

Green scored on a driving layup plus a foul shot to answer a Taiyanna Jackson drive that pulled the Jayhawks within 47-42 to start the final quarter. Key scored after Green pulled down a defensive rebound, and then Green added a putback basket after an offensive rebound, making the Lady Vols' lead 12 points with 7:37 to play.

Kansas was 5-of-18 (28%) from the field in that quarter as Tennessee extended its lead.

Tennessee led 28-25 at halftime, and an extended 9-1 run in the third quarter built the advantage to 42-32.

The 17-time Southeastern Conference tournament champions beat Texas 74-70 last Sunday in Knoxville, and now the Lady Vols will face Oklahoma State at 6:30 p.m. Eastern on Saturday in a run of three straight opponents from the Big 12 Conference. The Cowgirls (3-2) lost 57-54 to Green Bay in another Thanksgiving Shootout matchup Friday, with Oklahoma State unable to complete the raly from a 16-point halftime deficit.