College Hoops: Tennessee Lady Volunteers pull away from Seahawks

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KNOXVILLE, Tennessee Junior Jaime Nared led five Tennessee players in double figures with 21 points as the Lady Volunteers pulled away in the second half to defeat UNCW by a 90-54 margin at Thompson-Boling Arena on Thursday evening.

Jasmine Steele. Photo courtesy- UNCW sports
Jasmine Steele (Photo courtesy of UNCW sports).

Nared made 7-of-13 shots from the floor and all six of her free throws.

Tennessee shot 58.1 percent from the field, including a 20-for-31 showing in the second half.

The Lady Vols outscored UNCW by a 27-7 margin in the third quarter to pull away. Tennessee closed out the frame with a 26-3 spurt over the final eight minute to improve to 8-4 overall. UNCW dropped to 5-6 after their non-conference finale.

Junior center Rebekah Banks led the Seahawks with 10 points, while junior forward Jenny DeGraaf added nine points and eight rebounds.

Thursday’s game was the first-ever meeting between UNCW and Tennessee in women’s basketball. Freshmen guards Lacey Suggs and Katelyn Weems made their collegiate debuts for the Seahawks. Suggs hit one of two free throws, while Weems missed her lone field goal attempt/Tennessee held a commanding 56-24 advantage in points scored in the paint.

UNCW begins Colonial Athletic Association play on Monday, Jan. 2, by visiting three-time defending league champion James Madison for a 2 p.m. matinee.