Tennessee guard Ariel Massengale (5) drives against Middle Tennessee guard Janay Brinkley (2) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, in Murfreesboro, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee guard Ariel Massengale believes a rare stint on the bench this summer has helped her get off to a faster start.
Massengale adjusted to a backup role this summer while helping USA Basketball win a gold medal at the World University Games. Massengale says the experience gave her a new perspective when she returned to campus.
Massengale has responded with a breakthrough season for the third-ranked Lady Vols (7-0), who next play Sunday against Texas.
After averaging 7.7 points per game over her first two seasons, Massengale has a team-high 13.7 points per game this year. Massengale, a 5-foot-7 junior, also leads the Lady Vols in assists (6.6) and steals (1.9). She is shooting 47.1 percent (16 of 34) from 3-point range.
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