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Simmons Helps Lady Vols Edge Missouri

Simmons Helps Lady Vols Edge Missouri

CREATED Feb 23, 2014

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Meighan Simmons scored 20 points and Mercedes Russell grabbed 11 rebounds to help No. 10 Tennessee edge Missouri 56-50 on Sunday.

Simmons' steal and breakaway layup with 11:50 remaining capped a 22-5 run to give the Lady Vols (22-5, 11-3 SEC) a 43-27 lead, but Missouri clawed back to within 50-47 on Bri Kulas' layup with 1:22 left.

Tennessee's Isabelle Harrison then converted two free throws with 34.7 seconds to go and two more with 11.4 seconds left to end Missouri's chances. Kulas added a 3-pointer just before the buzzer.

Kulas finished with 22 points and Morgan Eye added 15 for the Tigers (16-11, 5-9), who only trailed by one point at halftime despite shooting 2 of 14 from 3-point range before the break.

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