TUSCALOOSA, Ala.: Rennia Davis scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and No. 23 Tennessee bounced back from a disappointing loss to roll past Alabama 82-56 on Sunday.
Tennessee, coming off a 67-66 home loss to Georgia on Thursday, took control in the second quarter, outscoring the Crimson Tide 26-7.
It was a confidence building win with No. 4 UConn coming to Knoxville on Thursday.
Rae Burrell added 17 points for the Lady Vols (9-2, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) with Tamari Key adding 15 points and Jordan Horston 14.
It was the opposite story for the Crimson Tide, who upended No. 14 Mississippi State 86-78 on the road Thursday but couldn’t contain the Tennessee offense at home.
Jordan Lewis led Alabama (11-2, 4-2) with 22 points and Jasmine Walker had her frouth-straight double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds.
Horston closed the first quarter with a 3-pointer to pull the Lady Vols into a tie at 18 and her layup to open the second quarter started a 16-0 run. Tennessee was 11 of 16 while Alabama went 2 of 11 with five turnovers and it was 42-23 at the break.
The Lady Vols shot 54.5% in the first half while the Tide was at 29%.
Tennessee was 5 of 8 from 3-point range in the second half to end up at 8 of 14 while Alabama went 2 of 11 to finish 4 of 18. The Tide also had just three assists.
Alabama is home against Auburn next Sunday.
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