KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Meighan Simmons scored 19 points as No. 9 Tennessee beat LSU 65-56 on Thursday night.
The score was tied 11 times and the teams traded the lead six times. Cierra Burdick hit a tiebreaking jumper with 6:22 left that put the Lady Volunteers (14-4, 5-1 Southeastern Conference) ahead for good, 51-49.
They padded their lead with free throws from there, despite an uncharacteristic 18-of-31 performance from the line.
LSU hit just one more shot from the floor the rest of the way. The Lady Tigers were without two point guards in the second half after Jeanne Kenney suffered a concussion early in the game and Destini Hughes seriously injured her right leg just before halftime.
Courtney Jones led LSU (13-5, 4-2) with 16 points.
Burdick scored 15, and Vicki Baugh grabbed 14 rebounds for Tennessee, which shot 42.9 percent in the second half against the SEC's best defense.
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