Meighan Simmons' 31 points help Lady Vols remain unbeaten

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FREEPORT, Bahamas — Meighan Simmons scored 31 points, including eight 3-pointers, to lead No. 3 Tennessee to a 76-67 victory over Virginia on Thursday in the opening game of the Junkanoo Jam.

Simmons, who hadn’t scored more than 14 points in a game this season, finished two short of her career high.

Tennessee (6-0) got off to another slow start and trailed by four at the half before taking over.

Ataira Franklin scored 19 of her 25 points in the first half to lead Virginia (3-3).

NO. 2 DUKE 81, XAVIER 54

In St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Tricia Liston scored 22 points and Elizabeth Williams added 18 to help Duke (6-0) beat Xavier (2-3) in the Paradise Jam.

Williams also had eight rebounds and four blocks for the Blue Devils.

NO. 11 NORTH CAROLINA 93, ARKANSAS STATE 60

In Cancun, Mexico, freshman Diamond DeShields scored a career-high 24 points as North Carolina (5-1) beat Arkansas State (4-2).

Freshman Allisha Gray, a former Washington County standout, had 12 points, three rebounds, a steal and a block in 19 minutes for the Tar Heels.

NO. 12 TEXAS A&M 69, MEMPHIS 59

In St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Tori Scott scored a career-high 19 and Karla Gilbert added 18 points and 14 rebounds as unbeaten Texas A&M (4-0) defeated Memphis (3-3) in the Paradise Jam.

SYRACUSE 75, TEXAS 66

In St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Brianna Butler led four players in double figures as Syracuse (6-0) beat Texas (3-2) in the Paradise Jam.

Brittney Sykes added 17, La’Shay Taft 15 and Rachel Coffey 13 for the Orange.

BOSTON COLLEGE 75, UNC WILMINGTON 54

In Cancun, Mexico, Kristen Doherty scored 13 points to lead a balanced attack as Boston College (3-2) beat UNC Wilmington (1-5) in the Cancun Challenge.

Kat Cooper added 12 and Kelly Hughes had 11 for the Eagles.

HOW TOP 25 FARED

No. 6 Stanford (7-1) beat South Dakota State 80-60

No. 16 Purdue (5-1) beat Texas Christian 75-68


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