Lady Vols defeat Florida 74-40

The Tennessee ladies had no trouble defeating Florida on Sunday afternoon. That should not surprise many due to the fact that the Lady Gators have never given Pat Summitt's teams that much of a problem. Sunday proved to be no different.

Gwen Jackson scored 18 points and Kara Lawson added 13 points and 12 rebounds as No. 3 Tennessee was never challenged in a 79-40 win over Florida on Sunday.

Tennessee (20-3, 9-0 SEC) had an even easier time than last month's 94-53 win over the Lady Gators (8-13, 0-8) in Gainesville, Fla., demonstrating the vast difference between the league's top and bottom teams.

Tennessee had little trouble winning its 11th straight game since last month's loss to Connecticut and 45th in a row over an SEC opponent at home.

The Lady Vols jumped out to an 18-4 lead before Florida made its second field goal of the game.

Tennessee, which led by 17 at halftime, started the second half with two steals and three baskets in transition. Jackson scored eight points in a 15-0 run in the first 4:50 of the second half.

Florida, which shot a season-low 21 percent from the floor and scored the fewest points this season, turned the ball over five times in the span and didn't score a field goal in the second half until Vanessa Hayden's basket with 12:56 left. Lawson and Jackson had gone to the bench by then.

Florida coach Carolyn Peck, a former Tennessee assistant, started four freshmen and Hayden, a junior. Five freshmen had started the previous three games.

They also had seven blocks before halftime. In one play, LaToya Davis swatted Kelly Stevenson's 3-point attempt. Lawson caught the loose ball and passed it ahead to Davis, who was racing toward the basket at the other end. Davis scored on the driving layup as the Lady Vols pushed their lead to 38-18 with 1:08 left before halftime.

The Lady Vols will step out of conference to play Texas Christian on Tuesday night in Knoxville. The game is scheduled to start at 7pm EST.

Inside Tennessee Top Stories