The No. 8 Lady Vols notched their first SEC home victory on Thursday night as a pair of guards led the way in the squad's 94-70 win over Ole Miss.
Junior point guard Ariel Massengale scored a team-high 23 points, while her counterpart, Andraya Carter, had a season-high 14 points, all of which came in the first half for the sophomore guard.
Isabelle Harrison set a program record with her seventh consecutive double-double as she finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds to go along with three blocks.
"Isabelle is our rock right now," Tennessee head coach Holly Warlick said. "She is our go-to player. She is being a defensive stopper for us and she's rebounding, scoring and going to the line. She is playing like a person that is possessed and on a mission.
"If we can get her mentality to the whole team we are going to be really good."
The win stretches the Lady Vols' (13-2, 2-1 SEC) conference win streak to two games after losing to LSU at home last Thursday.
In the early going, Massengale – the Lady Vols' leading 3-point shooter – found her touch from behind the arc and finished the night 5-of-8 from distance.
"I tell her to take the shot that they give her and what's good for her," Warlick said. "She has a big role on our team and at times I think it can be a little overwhelming for her, but we shoot the ball well because we take good shots. We are making layups because we get steals and it starts with our defensive end and rebounding. That helps us get our shooting percentage up. Ariel hit big threes when we needed them tonight."
While Carter contributed her best effort on the offensive end this season she did not let up on the defensive end as she came up with a team-high two steals, one of which she stole off the in-bounds from Ole Miss (9-7, 0-2 SEC) and put back in the basket while drawing the foul as well.
"I was happy for Draya," Warlick said. "She had a good offensive game and had five offensive rebounds. She took shots that she was capable of making and they were good looks. She had a great game."
In the first half, the Lady Vols hit five of their first eight 3-pointers and held a comfortable lead
Massengale hit her 28th 3-point shot of the season and fifth and final of the game with just over four minutes left to play in the game.
"I really don't pay attention to the stat line much," Massengale said. "I'm focused on doing whatever I have to do to help my team win."
While only playing two minutes in the first half out of her 17 total game minutes, sophomore forward Bashaara Graves scored six points in a span of a minute and a half to put the game out of reach for the Rebels.
Freshman center Mercedes Russell started in the place of the hobbled Graves – who suffered a right ankle sprain against LSU a week ago – and contributed with seven rebounds and tied a team-high with three blocks.
Tennessee had 10 blocks on the night as a team.
"I really like blocking shots," Harrison said. "It brings energy to our team and sometimes when our guards don't pick up fast enough I can make that extra effort to get back and help them catch up to whoever they have. I was glad I was there to be a defensive player tonight."
The usually turnover prone Lady Vols only had 11 giveaways on the night to the liking of many, Warlick included.
"That's something we are going to need to stay consistent on we've been turning it over too much the past couple of games," Warlick said. "Turnovers are going to be important when we go on the road to face Vanderbilt."
Tennessee will next hit the road to take on Vanderbilt this Sunday at Memorial Gymnasium with the tip off time set for 5 p.m.