Tennessee dispatches Florida in SEC quarters

By The Sports Network
March 8, 2013 - 4:03pm
Ariel Massengale was on of five Vols in double figures with 10 points and 3 assists. (Photo by Andrew Snook)

Ariel Massengale was on of five Vols in double figures with 10 points and 3 assists. (Photo by Andrew Snook)

Duluth, GA (Sports Network) - Meighan Simmons scored 20 points to lead six Tennessee players in double figures, as the ninth-ranked Lady Vols claimed an 82-73 victory over Florida in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament.

Cierra Burdick chipped in 14 points with a game-high eight rebounds, while Taber Spani contributed 13 points and seven boards for Tennessee (24-6), which will face which will face No. 19 Texas A&M in Saturday's semifinals.

The top-seeded Lady Vols have won the last three SEC tourney titles. They took control early on Friday, answering Florida's game-opening bucket with 12 straight points.

Florida (18-14), which beat Arkansas in the first round on Thursday, got as close as three in the first half, but went into the break trailing 47-36. The Gators never seriously threatened in the second half, pulli