The fifteenth ranked Tennessee Lady Vols improved to 2-0 on the season after a gritty road win in Orlando. The Lady Vols took down UCF by a score of 49-41 as Tennessee guard Jordan Horston made her return to the court.
Horston made a huge impact in her season debut after missing Tennessee’s season opener on Wednesday night. However, Horston didn’t look like she missed a step. The junior guard had a double-double on the night, finishing with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
“I love the game of basketball,” Horston said after the game. “Missing a game is always a heartbreaker for me, but I know that I listen to my body and I listen to my coaches and trainers. So I knew my body wasn’t ready Wednesday, but I knew that if I went to treatment and kept working hard, I would be out there. Nothing can stop me when I’m on the court. Like I said, I love this game, and I’ll do anything to play. It felt great to have a double-double, but it felt even better to win!”
After the game, Tennessee head coach Kellie Harper spoke about her team’s resilience on the road, and what it took to come together and get a win. Additionally, she spoke about some of the team’s key players of the game, like Tess Darby.
Darby, a sophomore on Tennessee’s team, also spoke to the media after the game. Darby spoke about the game in general, including the road environment, but she also spoke about hitting a three-pointer at the beginning of the game. The shot was a huge moment towards the beginning of the game and helped Tennessee get in a groove offensively before UCF could.
It won’t be long before the Lady Vols are back on the court. Tennessee will take on South Florida back in Knoxville on Monday evening at 6:30 p.m. ET. Then, on the following Sunday, Tennessee will be in Thompson-Boling Arena to host the Texas Longhorns.