Lady Vols Earn Pair Of Wins In South Point Thanksgiving Shootout

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    Photo Credit: Knoxville News Sentinel

    Tennessee is headed back to Knoxville 6-0 after earning a pair of wins in the South Point Thanksgiving Shootout.

    The Lady Vols earned a 68-58 win over Kansas in the first game of the event before dominating Oklahoma State 80-55 Saturday evening.

    Junior point guard Jordan Horston earned MVP honors at the event.

    Horston continued her strong play this season, totaling 31 points, 20 rebounds and 11 assists in two games. The tall guard dominated against the Cowboys, nearly tallying a triple double with 17 points, nine rebounds and nine assists.

    Behind Horston, the Lady Vols displayed balanced scoring with a total of seven different players scoring in double figures over the two games.

    Talented freshman wing Sara Puckett provided a spark against the Cowboys, scoring a career high 11 points on four-of-seven shooting.

    After having four days off between the the Texas and Kansas game, Tennessee’s offense made improvements as they continue to adjust to life without Rae Burrell.

    The Lady Vols’ 80 points against the Cowboys were their most of the young season and the 68-point performance against Kansas was their third most.

    Defensively, Tennessee continued its stout play. Both Oklahoma State and Kansas shot just 31% from the field and 30% or worse from three-point range.

    Tamari Key — the anchor of Tennessee’s defense — totaled five blocks in the two games.

    Tennessee now ranks second in the nation in RPI following the event, behind only No. 1 South Carolina.

    The Lady Vols return home on Wednesday for a matchup with Tennessee Tech before traveling to Blacksburg on Sunday to face a strong Hokies team.

    Ryan Schumpert is a senior at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since the moment he stepped on campus. He just completed a three-year stint with the Daily Beacon, the last two of which as the Sports Editor. Ryan also spent last three years at Volquest providing strong Tennessee baseball coverage of Tony Vitello's resurgent program. While the bulk of Ryan's responsibilities involved beat coverage and writing, he also recorded podcasts for both the Beacon and Volquest. Did we leave out the part about Ryan interning for the Smokies? Ryan's work ethic, versatility, and strong writing skills are but three of the reasons why Vol Nation will be hearing from Ryan for years to come.