Jackson reaches major milestone; Lady Vols top Tigers

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WJHL) – Tennessee women’s basketball never trailed on Sunday afternoon inside Food City Center, toppling Missouri, 80-69.

The Lady Vols led by 12 points at the break and maintained a double-digit lead for much of the third quarter. Late in the frame, a 12-0 Tigers run chopped the lead down to just three points, but the visitors would get no closer.

Zakai Zeigler, Josiah-Jordan James each score 26 as No. 5 Tennessee handles No. 10 Kentucky 103-92

Rickea Jackson notched 19 points, all in the first half, to become just the eighth Lady Vol to surpass 2,000 career points. She now has 916 points and counting in a Big Orange uniform, which adds onto the 1,085 points she scored in three seasons with Mississippi State.

“That’s a lot of buckets,” head coach Kellie Harper said after the game. “That’s a lot of points. You know, and it’s it’s got to be consistent. And I think that really speaks to who she is as a basketball player. She’s she’s just been unbelievably consistent scorer. And, you know, she’s able to do it in so many ways.”

Jewel Spear continued her hot scoring streak, tossing in 22 points to go along with six assists. Sara Puckett also hit double figures with 15 points.

Missouri had four players finish with at least ten points, including Mama Dembele, who led the way with 18 points.

Tennessee (14-7, 7-2 SEC) travels to Tuscaloosa on Thursday for a 7 p.m. ET tip-off against Alabama.

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