Posted 12 months ago
By John Axtell
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee women improved to 52-0 all-time at home in NCAA Tournament play last night, eliminating Creighton 68-52 in second-round action. Tennessee advances to meet Oklahoma in the Sweet 16 in Oklahoma City.
Both teams came into the game 25-7, but this was just the fifth time that Creighton has made the tournament while Tennessee has been in all 32 years that it’s been run by the NCAA.
Creighton led midway through the first half and was down just 6 at intermission 35-29, but the Lady Vols dominated the second half.
Creighton opened the half with a basket, but Tennessee then ran off 13 straight points and the Lady Jays eventually fell behind by 19 and never got closer than 9 after that.
Tennessee shot 49% from the floor to 32% for Creighton, with the biggest difference coming from long-range. Creighton was just 4-of-22 from three-point range while the Lady Vols were 6-of-10 and 16-for-19 at the stripe.
Sophomore reserve Alexis Akin-Otiko led the Bluejays with 12 points, while Kamiko Williams paced four Tennessee players in double-figures with 15 points.