GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Tennessee junior Rennia Davis scored 18 points to help the 24th-ranked Lady Volunteers beat Florida 78-50 on Thursday night.
Davis scored 14 points in 16 first-half minutes to help Tennessee build a 40-24 lead at intermission. Florida was held to 34.5% shooting in the first half and turned the ball over 11 times, leading to 19 points for the Lady Vols. Florida missed its first 10 shots of the second half as Tennessee extended its lead to 48-24, and the score was 56-33 entering the fourth quarter.
Davis also had four steals, sophomore Rae Burrell added 11 points for Tennessee (14-3, 4-1 Southeastern Conference), and Tamari Key had game highs with nine rebounds and five blocked shots, giving the freshman 46 blocks this season.
Freshman Jordan Horston chipped in nine points with three blocks, and sophomore Jazmine Massengill from Chattanooga scored eight points and had a game-leading eight assists. The Lady Vols scored 27 points off of turnovers, 40 in the paint and 32 off the bench.
Brylee Bartram and Lavender Briggs scored 11 points apiece for Florida (11-7, 2-3), which has beaten Tennessee just four times in 57 all-time meetings.
Tennessee, which has won three straight games — the Lady Vols went to Florida off back-to-back wins against Georgia and Ole Miss — and six of its past seven, returns to competition Monday with a 7 p.m. home game against Alabama.
The Vols don't have the size inside or the dynamic perimeter player to succeed on offense, so their point guards must play faster