Johnson's shooting propels Lady Vols to victory

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — For Tennessee coaches, the evidence of Glory Johnson’s heart is in the senior’s rebounding totals. Her scoring is a bonus.

Tennessee's Glory Johnson defends against Georgia's Meredith Mitchell during the first half of Thursday's game. No. 6 Tennessee beat No. 16 Georgia 80-51.  WADE PAYNE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
WADE PAYNE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Tennessee's Glory Johnson defends against Georgia's Meredith Mitchell during the first half of Thursday's game. No. 6 Tennessee beat No. 16 Georgia 80-51.

Johnson, who has 1,331 total points and needs four rebounds to reach 1,000 for her career, had season highs of 22 points and 13 rebounds to help the sixth-ranked Lady Vols beat No. 16 Georgia 80-51 Thursday night.

The Lady Vols (11-3, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) used 52 percent shooting in the first half to keep in front of the Lady Bulldogs, who hit just 36 percent of their shots from the field.

Tennessee has now won 16 of its last 18 against its top SEC rival.

In Lexington, Ky., Kentucky leading scorer A’dia Mathies finished with 21 points and six assists in the Wildcats’ win against Arkansas in the second Southeastern Conference game this season for each team.

In Coral Gables, Fla., Riquna Williams scored 22 points to lead Miami to a win over North Carolina State.

Williams hit consecutive 3-pointers late in the second half as the Hurricanes (12-3, 1-1 ACC) withstood a Wolfpack comeback and expanded a 66-61 lead with a 12-0 run.

In West Lafayette, Ind., KK Houser scored 17 points to help Purdue beat Wisconsin.

Houser also had five steals and four assists as the Boilermakers (13-3, 3-0 Big Ten) won their sixth straight game.

In Lincoln, Neb., Jordan Hooper had 21 points and 11 rebounds as Nebraska used a 34-4 run in the middle of the game to beat Indiana in the Cornhuskers’ first Big Ten home game.

Freshman Emily Cady matched her season high with 18 points, grabbed nine rebounds and had five steals to help Nebraska (13-1, 2-0) win its seventh straight overall.

In Newark, Del., Elena Delle Donne had 37 points, breaking the school’s career scoring record, as Delaware beat Towson.

Delle Donne, the country’s leading scorer at 28.8 points per game, now has 1,685 career points. The 6-foot-5 junior broke the Delaware record in her 63rd career game, 50 games fewer than the previous record holder, Cindy Johnson, who scored 1,675 from 1997-2001.

In Columbia, Aleighsa Welch scored a career high 19 points and South Carolina won its seventh straight game with a victory over Vanderbilt.

The Gamecocks (13-2) opened 2-0 in the Southeastern Conference for the first time in 10 years, disrupting the Commodores (12-2, 0-1) with their pressure defense.

In Charlottesville, Va., Chay Shegog had 23 points and 11 rebounds to lift North Carolina to victory over Virginia in double-overtime.

The Tar Heels (12-2, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) outscored the Cavaliers 9-4 in the second overtime, including three free throws in the final 17 seconds.


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