Simmons, No. 11 Tennessee women top Auburn 83-61Tennessee's Kamiko Williams (4) shoots while defended by Auburn's Hasina Muhammad during their NCAA college basketball game, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/The Knoxville News Sentinel, Saul Young)
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Meighan Simmons scored 24 points and Cierra Burdick had a double-double Thursday night as No. 11 Tennessee trounced Auburn 83-61 to remain in sole possession of first place in the Southeastern Conference.
Simmons had 11 points in the first 8 minutes and made three 3-pointers in a 67-second span early in the game. Burdick had 15 points and a career-high 13 rebounds for the Lady Volunteers (21-5, 12-1 Southeastern Conference). Taber Spani added 16 points and Bashaara Graves had 14 points.
Tyrese Tanner scored 20 points, Blanche Alverson added 15 points and Chadarryl Clay had 10 points for Auburn (14-12, 3-10), which lost for the ninth time in its last 10 games.
Tennessee went 6 of 7 from 3-point range in the first 7 minutes of the game and eventually owned a 33-7 lead. Auburn never threatened the rest of the way.