Lady Vols Rally Past Blue Raiders
Murfreesboro, Tenn. — Isabelle Harrison scored 13 points as fourth-ranked Tennessee rallied from a 12-point halftime deficit to beat Middle Tennessee 67-57 on Friday night in the season opener.
The Lady Vols played pretty sloppy in trailing 34-22 at halftime. They scored the first 14 of the second half, and Mercedes Russell, the Gatorade national girls player of the year from Springfield, Ore., scored nine of her 11 in the second half for Tennessee.
Ariel Massengale had 12 points for the Lady Vols, and Andraya Carter had 10.
No. 7 Kentucky 75, Marist 61
Poughkeepsie, n.y. — Kastine Evans scored 15 points and No. 7 Kentucky used a balanced offense to beat Marist.
No. 8 Maryland 78, S. Florida 70
Tampa, Fla. — Laurin Mincy scored 15 points and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough added 12 as Maryland won its season opener.
No. 12 UNC 87, Air Force 26
Chapel Hill, n.c. — Freshman Diamond DeShields scored 16 points to help the Tar Heels beat Air Force in the opener for both teams.
No. 17 Nebraska 77, UCLA 49
Lincoln, Neb. — Two-time All-American Jordan Hooper scored 27 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for her 27th career double-double in the Cornhuskers’ victory over the Bruins.
No. 21 Oklahoma St. 83, Lamar 56
Stillwater, Okla. — Guards Brittney Martin and Tiffany Bias teamed to lead the Cowgirls over Lamar.
No. 22 S. Carolina 99, Charleston South. 29
Columbia, s.c. — Alaina Coates scored 20 points in her college debut to lead South Carolina to a season-opening win.