KNOXVILLE — The Tennessee women's basketball team improved to 2-0 with a 63-36 win over Central Arkansas on Thursday night in front of 7,278 at Thompson-Boling Arena.
The Lady Volunteers play at No. 16 Notre Dame on Monday before hosting Tennessee State on Nov. 14.
Tennessee struggled in the first half and led just 33-25 at the break, but the Lady Vols broke the game open by limiting the Sugar Bears (0-1) to just 25% shooting.
Jordan Horston led the Lady Vols with 17 points, five rebounds, three assists and two blocks. Zaay Green added nine points, and freshman Tamari Key chipped in eight with five rebounds despite battling foul trouble.
Here is the Good, the Bad and the Verdict from the win:
Horston was the best player on the court, and she was much more under control than she was in Tuesday's narrow victory at East Tennessee State. The most telling stat was her having zero turnovers Thursday after having seven two days prior. Defensively, the Lady Vols struggled early but limited the Sugar Bears to 17% shooting in the final 20 minutes despite regular lineup changes.
The margin of victory was obviously substantial, but there were a lot of stretches when the Lady Vols looked bad on offense. Much of their offense came in transition, which may be the best approach this season. Central Arkansas slowed the game, which highlighted some of the Lady Vols' trouble in the halfcourt, but the situation changed once the home team shifted the pace of play.
There will be good and bad nights for these Lady Vols, and that was encapsulated into two stretches Thursday. The first quarter and the second half were good for Tennessee, but the second quarter was anything but. First-year head coach Kellie Harper is still tinkering with her lineups, but what's clear is that most of them should include Horston.