The Lady Vols, however, were immune to the mercury swoon, hitting a red hot 53.2 percent from the field (33-of-62), nailing 9-of-19 three-pointers and sinking 22-of-27 free throws. Tennessee never trailed in the game and took command early with a 13-0 run. The Lady Vols shot 57.6 percent in the second half and held their largest lead at 22.
Gwen Jackson paced Tennessee's high-octane offense with 18 points while Kara Lawson and Shanna Zolman added 13 each. Tasha Butts and Shyra Ely each scored 12 and Ashley Robinson had nine points and a team-high seven rebounds.
Jocelyn Penn, the nation's second leading scorer averaging 27.1 points per game, had a game-high 26 points, hitting 11-of-16 from the field. South Carolina (14-4, 2-3) was actually hotter than Tennessee from the field, connecting on 30-of-55 for 54.5 percent, but the Gamecocks negated their hot shooting with 24 turnovers and shot 12 fewer free throws than Tennessee (15-3, 4-0).
Tennessee hosts Mississippi State on Sunday before traveling to Fayetteville next Thursday to take on Arkansas.