After a short break for Thanksgiving, the Lady Vols (4-1) were back to work, defeating Alcorn State, 90-37.

A former Lady Vol who played under Pat Summitt from 1986-90, Tonya Edwards made her return home as Alcorn State head coach.

A team effort played a major factor against the Lady Braves (0-4) in their commanding victory, as six Lady Vols finished in double figures.

"That means we are sharing the basketball and we are playing together," head coach Holly Warlick said. "We're not relying on one player. I love it. I think our offense is a little ahead of our defense at this point."

Junior guard Meighan Simmons started strong shooting, as she scored the team's first five points to give the Lady Vols an early lead.

Simmons led all game scorers with 12 points on four-of-10 shooting from the court.

Tennessee would not lose sight of that lead the rest of the way, either, as a smothering defensive effort and timely shooting played key for UT to extend their winning streak to four games.

While Warlick believes the offense is ahead of the defense, it did not seem that way for much of the game.

Senior guard Taber Spani also contributed as she denied what looked to be an easy two-point basket for Tierro Frost, who led the Lady Braves in scoring on the day with nine points.

The Lady Vols did not allow Alcorn State to reach double figures until the four-minute mark in the first half off a layup by Carolinsia Crumbly, which brought the score to 28-11 in favor of the Lady Vols.

Spani's offensive game was on full display in the first half as she hit 4-of-5 field goal attempts and led all scorers at halftime with 10 points. Her stroke factored greatly into the Lady Vols' 36-15 halftime lead.

"It's kind of been a rough few games with my shot and trying to get back in rhythm," Spani said. "It was nice to feel it go in. I think for this team I need to shoot well, so to see that I shot a good percentage was good."

In the first half, Warlick's team established its tenacious defense on their opponent, as it set first half highs on the season in steals (11) and blocks (4). Tennessee also held Alcorn State to 6-of-26 shooting — 23.1 percent — from the floor.

Simmons reached double figures scoring with 16:12 left in the game, as she sunk her free throw after banking in her shot despite being fouled hard. The three-point play for the Lady Vols upped their lead to 48-15.

From there on out the Lady Vols would outscore the Lady Braves 42-22.

While UT was edged in the rebound column, they forced 34 turnovers that resulted in 37 points.

"This was definitely one of our best defensive efforts of the early season," senior point guard Kamiko Williams said. "But at the same time we had 19 turnovers. We need to take care of the ball more and continue to make the other team force turnovers."

Williams had a team high in both assists and steals with four apiece.

Freshman Nia Moore had one of her best efforts of the early season, as she had 10 points, seven rebounds and two blocks off the bench.

"Overall I'm pleased with the way we played," Warlick said. "But there's always things we can go back and work on. We have a big list we can work on the next two days in practice."

The next action for Tennessee will be against Middle Tennessee State (4-1) on Wednesday at 7 p.m. EST.