KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee women’s basketball took care of Florida on Thursday night with a win inside Thompson-Boling Arena to kick off “We Back Pat” week.
The team wore jerseys with the last name, "Summitt," on all the jerseys to honor legendary head coach Pat Summitt, who passed away from Alzheimer’s disease in 2016.
The Lady Vols had a tough time shooting the ball in the first quarter, shooting just a little over 17%, they trailed 15-12 after the finest.
Tennessee shot the ball much better in the second quarter, going 56.3%. Tennessee trailed 17-6 in the quarter and then went on a 9-0 run to build an eight-point lead. Tess Darby, Rickea Jackson, Jordan Horston and Jillian Hollingshead all scored on the run.
The Lady Vols led 31-25 at halftime.
In the third quarter, Tennessee jumped out to a 42-30 lead thanks to another 9-0 run. Horston scored twice, Karoline Striplin hit a three-pointer and Sara Puckett had a made field goal as well.
Tennessee was up 45-37 later in the third quarter, and then rattled off an 8-0 run. Jackson knocked down a couple of shots, Jasmine Franklin made a pair of free throws and Jasmine Powell made a layup.
Tennessee led 57-41 after three quarters.
The Lady Vols got up by 20 points after a Franklin free throw made it 61-41 in the fourth quarter.
Tennessee will play Missouri on the road this Sunday for their next SEC game.