AP Sports Writer
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – After nearly upsetting Baylor last month, Ole Miss couldn’t throw a similar scare into Tennessee.
Ariel Massengale scored 23 points Thursday as the eighth-ranked Lady Vols breezed to a 94-70 victory over the Rebels, who didn’t have a single player in double figures. Ole Miss has lost its last 25 games in this series since beating Tennessee on Feb. 4, 1996.
The Rebels (9-7, 0-2 SEC) had shown they could challenge a Final Four contender Dec. 18 when they led by 10 points in the first half of an 87-80 loss at then-No. 9 Baylor. But Ole Miss couldn’t sustain an early advantage Thursday. After the Rebels took a 4-3 lead, Tennessee pulled ahead for good with a 16-4 run.
“Baylor’s a little bit better of a matchup for us,” Ole Miss coach Matt Insell said. “Tennessee, good gracious (they’re) so big. We’re in there battling, but we’re a little bit short. Obviously we’re a lot shorter (than Tennessee).”
Diara Moore, Shequila Joseph, Gracie Frizzell and Amber Singletary scored nine points each for Mississippi, which shot 9 of 20 from 3-point range but was just 18 of 58 from inside the arc.