The No. 4 Lady Vols used hot shooting from 3-point range to rout No. 12 North Carolina, 81-65, on Monday night at Carmichael Arena in Chapel Hill, N.C.
The Lady Vols (2-0) shot a sizzling 8-of-19 on 3-pointers led by Ariel Massengale's career-best five treys. The junior guard tallied a career-high 20 points, while grabbing a career-high tying six rebounds and handing out seven assists.
Junior forward Isabelle Harrison netted 14 points as she was nearly perfect on the evening (4-of-5 from the floor and 6-of-6 from the line). Redshirt freshman guard Andraya Carter tallied 10 points.
Cierra Burdick led the Lady Vols' glass game with nine rebounds as Tennessee out-rebounded UNC, 49-44.
The Lady Vols came out hot, specifically from behind the 3-point line, going 7-of-15 from beyond the arc in the first half.
Of Massengale's five trifectas, four came in the first half and Carter added two to the total as the Lady Vols went into halftime up 40-28.
Massengale (12) and Carter (10) combined for more than half of the Lady Vols' first-half point total.
The second half was more of the same for Tennessee as the Lady Vols continued to hit from beyond the arc.
Shooting wasn't the only reason for the Lady Vols 16-point rout, however, as Tennessee's defense also played lights out, limiting UNC to just 30.4 percent from the floor.
The Tar Heels missed their first eight shots from the field in the second half and were held without a field goal for more than eight minutes bridging the halves (0-of-12).
Even with Tennessee playing well on both sides of the ball, North Carolina managed to cut the deficit to 11 points with 5:46 left, but Tennessee regrouped to get the margin back to a 15-point lead minutes later and held it for the remainder of the game.
The Lady Vols return home to play their regular-season home opener on Thursday night as Chattanooga comes to Thompson-Boling Arena. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.