LAS VEGAS — Jordan Horston just missed a triple-double, Tamari Key had a double-double and the 11th-ranked Tennessee women's basketball rolled to an 80-55 win over Oklahoma State at the South Point Thanksgiving Shootout on Saturday.
Horston led the Lady Volunteers' balanced attack with 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting and had nine rebounds and nine assists. Key added 12 points and 11 rebounds and blocked two shots, and Alexus Dye and Sara Puckett each added 11 points. Dye also had eight rebounds.
The Lady Vols (6-0) beat a Big 12 team for the third straight game, having edged No. 12 Texas in overtime last weekend in Knoxville before beating Kansas by 10 points Friday night in their first game at the Shootout. It was Tennessee's second trip to a Las Vegas invitational, but it came 42 seasons after the first visit.
Taylen Collins and Lauren Fields each scored 12 points for the Cowgirls (3-3), the first team that wasn't undefeated when playing Tennessee this season. N'Yah Boyd was next on the list with seven points, and she had team bests with five rebounds and three steals.
Tennessee never trailed, but the Cowgirls stayed close through the first quarter, trailing 18-16. The Lady Vols opened the second quarter with a 13-2 run, though, and closed it with the last eight points for a 44-25 lead at halftime.
The Lady Vols shot 55% from the field (29-of-63) and had a 52-26 rebounding advantage but committed 23 turnovers to 14 assists. Oklahoma State shot 31% (21-of-68), including a paltry 2-of-21 from 3-point range, and made just half of its 22 free throws.
Tennessee returns to action Wednesday, when it hosts Tennessee Tech (2-4) at 6:30 p.m. The Lady Vols then visit Virginia Tech on Dec. 5 before starting a five-game homestand that will wrap up with their Southeastern Conference opener against Alabama on Dec. 30.