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“We knew it was huge,” Carter said. “We knew that just coming out in the second half, if we let them get going, it was going to be a long night. It was already a long night in itself.”

Tennessee committed 10 turnovers in the first half and six more in the second after placing special emphasis on holding onto the ball in practice following a 22-turnover performance against then- No. 18 Kentucky two games ago. That game resulted in a 75-71 loss, Tennessee’s only setback in its last nine games.

The Lady Vols outrebounded Missouri 48-35 and limited the Tigers to six free throws despite playing a pressure defense.

“We talked about that before the game, really having an attack mentality,” Pingeton said. “But you’re not going to get a lot of free throws when you shoot as many 3’s as we did tonight.”

Simmons scored the Lady Vols’ first eight points of the game in 2:39, but tallied two more points in the half off a layup 12 minutes later. She finished 6 of 16 from the field while Bashaara Graves joined her in double figures with 11 points.

“It’s very disappointing to lose this game,” Eye said. “There’s no moral victory. I think we’re passed that. We want to put a win on the scoreboard now.”