When Tennessee and Vanderbilt met in Memorial Gym on Jan. 12, the Commodores had their way with the Lady Vols.

In that contest, the Commodores shot 49.1 percent from the field – including a 62.5 percent clip in the second half – en route to a double-digit win over their in-state rival.

On Monday, however, it was the Lady Vols who would dominate.

Fueled by a ferocious interior assault and Meighan Simmons' hot shooting, the No. 8 Lady Vols strolled to an 81-53 victory against No. 16 Vanderbilt.

"When you get beat down in Nashville, you are not happy campers," head coach Holly Warlick said. "We haven't been happy for awhile, so we had a little chip on our shoulder, and I loved it. I love that we are competing, and I thought tonight we played every play like it was our last play.

"I loved how we were tonight. I loved our energy, and I just hope we have a chip on our shoulder every time."

In a tremendous offensive effort, Simmons led UT (20-4, 9-2 SEC), scoring 22 points on 9-of-15 shooting including a 4-of-6 performance from behind the arc.

The senior guard, who also added five assists, was the catalyst for a Lady Vol offense that shot 58.2 percent from the field and 70 percent from deep.

"Meighan is playing great basketball right now," Warlick said. "I think she is taking shots that are great shots for her, and she's playing on the defensive end. I'm really proud of her because she is doing what we ask her to do and as the result, she's scoring and getting great looks.

"We wanted to run the ball, and when Meighan Simmons gets out in front, there aren't to many people that can catch her."

The Lady Vols also got a productive night from their post players as Isabelle Harrison and Mercedes Russell shot a combined 10-of-13 on the night.

Harrison converted her first seven shots and remained perfect from the floor until the 4:52 mark in the first half.

Tennessee outscored Vandy (17-6, 6-4) in the paint 36-18 and out-rebounded the Commodores 34-20.

"We always try to utilize our post," redshirt freshman guard Andraya Carter said. "I think we have some of the best posts in the nation, and we want to get the ball inside and we are at our best when we get the ball inside.

"Izzy got us going. Izzy was on fire in the beginning, and she really was a huge spark for us."

Harrison's performance drastically differed from the one she had in Nashville where she got into early foul trouble and played only 10 minutes in the game.

"Ever since we lost in Nashville I've been kind of upset," Harrison said. "It had been in my mind, and I knew I didn't want to let my team and my coaches down because I definitely felt like in Nashville I let my family down, so I really just wanted to play my best and take care of business tonight and that's what we did."

The victory pushes Tennessee's home record against Vanderbilt to 29-0, a streak Carter said means a lot to the Lady Vols.

"We are battling for the state," Carter said. "It's a huge rivalry. It's always a battle, and it's always a tough fight. They don't like us and we don't like them, but it's a healthy rivalry. Every time we play them, we all give it our best and we all want to win.

"We are out there competing for the same thing so as chippy as it gets, it's a healthy rivalry and we have fun."