The No. 3 Tennessee Lady Vols tipped off their season-opener against the Pepperdine Waves Sunday afternoon in what was a one-sided affair won by the Orange and White, 89-57.

The win stretches the Lady Vols’ home-court win streak to 37 games and improves Summitt’s record in season-openers to 35-3.

“As a coaching staff we expected a little bit more out of our team in this game,” Summitt said. “For a veteran team, I thought we had some opening-game jitters, but we got past it and everything together a little bit.”

Senior forward Glory Johnson led the Lady Vols on the night with a game-high 17 points and also posted a game-high 13 rebounds, for her 24th career double-double.

“I thought they were keying on Glory, so I thought she did a very good job of composing herself, and then she was getting rebounds and put-backs,” UT associate head coach Holly Warlick said. “I thought she had a real good game tonight.”

Johnson got the Lady Vols on the board first to start the 2011-12 season, as she rebounded a Shekinna Stricklen miss and put it back off the glass into the basket with 17:40 left in the first half. Soon after, senior center Vicki Baugh extended UT’s early first-half lead to 8-2 with two made free throws.

The Waves cut the first-half deficit to 24-17 with 7:18 to go until halftime, but that was the closest the Golden State team would come to the Lady Vols for the rest of the evening. Heading into half, UT led 36-21.

Sophomore guard Meighan Simmons, coming off the bench, led all scorers in the first half with nine points.

Despite the lead at half, Summit was more concerned about the areas her team was struggling in.

“I was not happy at all with 11 turnovers in the first half,” Summitt said. “We gave away too many free points to Pepperdine off our turnovers in the game.”

The halftime lead of 15 points quickly doubled, as the Lady Vols put together an 18-0 run that stretched nearly five minutes and was highlighted by Stricklen’s two 3-pointers. With 14:16 left in the game, the Lady Vols had the game practically sealed, leading 58-26.

The Lady Vols from that point on kicked it into cruise control to the win.

“The difference in the second half than the first is that we ran the ball, we pushed it and we got layups,” Warlick said. “In the first half we were jump-shooting the basketball and trying to throw the basketball inside, and it was not there.”

Finishing with double figures in scoring for the Lady Vols alongside Johnson were Stricklen (13), Simmons (13), Taber Spani (11) and Briana Bass (10). Leading the team in assists on the night was freshman point guard Ariel Massengale with five.

UT shot 49.2 percent from the field and amassed 54 rebounds, while Pepperdine struggled, shooting just 28.4 percent and collecting 35 rebounds.

The Lady Vols were hot from 3-point range, draining 10-of-16, with Spani and Stricklen each hitting three and Bass and Simmons with two apiece.

“This was a great opener for us because they (Pepperdine) were very physical,” Bass said. “Now we have to step our game up and be more physical and just play Tennessee basketball.”

Next up for the Lady Vols (1-0) will be a very tough opponent in the No. 7 Miami Hurricanes (1-0), who will visit Thompson-Boling Arena Tuesday night.

“We’ve got a big challenge ahead of us playing Miami,” Summitt said. “They looked very polished in their opening game. We are going to learn a lot about us in that game. We have to go into the game with great preparation and focus.”

The scheduled tip-off between the ACC and SEC competitors in the State Farm Tip-off Classic is set for 6 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN2.

Summitt honored

Before the game, Summitt was awarded the 2011 Mildred “Babe” Didrikson Zaharias Courage Award, which is an award presented annually in honor of an individual who demonstrates courageous action in overcoming adversity to excel in sports.

“It’s a tremendous honor,” she said. “Obviously, I appreciate it, and I’m humbled by it.”