KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee improved to 52-0 all-time at home in NCAA Tournament play as the Lady Vols eliminated Creighton, 68-52, on Monday, March 25 in second-round action of the 2013 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament.
Sophomore reserve Alexis Akin-Otiko led the Bluejays with 12 points, while Kamiko Williams paced four Tennessee players in double-figures with 15 points.
Creighton came out fighting early, taking its first lead at 16-15 on a three-pointer from Ally Jensen just before the midpoint of the first half. The score would remain tied as late as 24-all. Tennessee went on a 11-3 run to take its largest lead of the first half at 35-27 before McKenzie Fujan's late basket trimmed the deficit to six points (35-29) heading into the locker room.
The biggest difference in the first half was in transition, where Tennessee outscored CU, 10-0. The Lady Vols also turned seven offensive rebounds into 12 points, heading into intermission. Carli Tritz led Creighton with six points at the break.
The Lady Vols came out strong to start the second half. After Fujan scored the first bucket of the half, UT scored the next 13 points in a span of 2:18 as UT went ahead 48-31 with 14:56 left. The Jays fell behind as much as 52-33, only to show signs of life with a 7-0 run capped by a Jensen three-ball that forced a Tennessee timeout with 11:00 to play.
The Jays cut the deficit down to 59-50 with 4:30 left, only to have Meighan Simmons drain a three-pointer that squashed any momentum from the visitors. That started a 9-0 run for the hosts until a Jordan Garrison lay-up in the final seconds closed the scoring.
Creighton shot 32.1 percent from the floor on the evening and were just 4-of-22 from three-point range. The Jays did outrebound UT 35-29, but also turned the ball over 19 times and allowed 15 points in transition.
Tennessee shot 48.9 percent for the game, including 6-of-10 from downtown, and were also 16-for-19 at the stripe.
The Lady Vols advance to the Sweet 16, where it will play the Oklahoma in Oklahoma City, Okla.
NOTES: This was the first meeting between the schools ...Creighton finished with a school-record 302 three-pointers on the season, three behind the MVC single-season record ...Creighton became the first nation's school since at least 2001-02 to make more than 300 three-pointers in both men's and women's basketball in the same season ...Creighton's 9.15 three-pointers per game rank 16th-most in NCAA history.
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