Lady Vols rout March Madness newcomer Saint Louis 95-50

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Jordan Horston scored 21 points and Rickea Jackson additional 18 as the fourth-seeded Tennessee Lady Vols remained excellent when opening the NCAA Tournament on their dwelling courtroom, routing No. 13 seed Saint Louis 95-50 on Saturday.

The Girl Vols (24-11) improved to 25- in 1st-spherical online games on their house court docket to access Monday night’s second-spherical in which they will engage in possibly No. 5 seed Iowa Point out or 12th-seeded Toledo. Tennessee improved to 6-2 all-time as a No. 4 seed.

Jordan Walker extra 11 points and Tess Darby had 10 for the Woman Vols. They will check out to progress to a second straight Sweet 16 in the Seattle 3 location.

The initially NCAA Match visual appearance ended swiftly for Saint Louis (17-18). The Billikens snapped the six-video game profitable streak that helped them acquire the Atlantic 10 Convention Match just after starting off the year 6-16.

Brooke Bouquets led Saint Louis with 17 factors, and Kyla McMakin, who adopted mentor Rebecca Tillett from Longwood as a transfer, added 11. Camree Clegg additional 12 off the bench.

The Billikens led two times in the initially couple minutes, the past on a McMakin jumper at 4-3. Walker tied it at 4 with a no cost throw, then completed a rapidly split with a layup placing the Girl Vols in advance to remain with 6:51 still left. Darby additional a 3, and Horston’s jumper capped an eight-stage spurt for Tennessee.

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The Woman Vols led by as substantially as 10 prior to McMakin bankd in a buzzer-beating 3 that pulled Saint Louis inside of 20-15 at finish of the initial quarter. Flowers strike two absolutely free throws to pull Saint Louis in 20-17 to start the second quarter.

Then Tennessee seized manage and scored the closing 21 factors for a 48-24 direct at halftime. The Lady Vols scored the to start with 8 of the third and led 67-41 at the close of the quarter. They polished off the huge get outscoring Saint Louis 28-9 in the fourth with coach Kellie Harper pulling her starters with 6:24 still left.

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Saint Louis: The Billikens’ long term would seem bright with Tillett picking up where she remaining off soon after foremost Longwood to the NCAA Match a yr in the past from the Large South. She joined Lisa Bluder (Drake and Iowa) as the only Division I coaches to lead teams in different conferences to match titles in consecutive several years. This reduction was just their next in the remaining 13 online games for a system that last won 11 of 12 in the 1978-79 time. Not lousy for a software picked to complete 12th in the A-10.

Tennessee: The application that has appeared in all 41 NCAA Tournaments enhanced to 32-2 in the initially spherical. The Lady Vols used their peak edge for a 54-22 scoring edge in the paint. They also took treatment of the ball with only 10 turnovers and turned the Billikens’ 20 turnovers into 30 points.

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Tennessee performed 15 teams in this NCAA Event industry. The Girl Vols played neither Iowa State nor Toledo. Iowa State, ranked 17th, experienced its personal argument to host opening games. The 24th-ranked Lady Vols bought the edge thanks enjoying the nation’s hardest schedule.

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