7th ranked Lady Vols open SEC play with win at Kentucky

Lexington, KY (AP/WVLT)-- Evina Westbrook scored 17 points, Mercedes Russell added 16 and No. 7 Tennessee started quickly against Kentucky and didn't let up in rolling to a 63-49 victory Sunday in the Southeastern Conference opener for both schools. With the win, the Lady Vols are 13-0 for the first time under head coach Holly Warlick.

Playing their first game since beating then-No. 18 Stanford 10 days ago, the Lady Vols scored the game's first 10 points and led 26-7 after one quarter. Their lead grew to as many as 23 midway through the third as they remained unbeaten while handing the Wildcats (8-7) their sixth consecutive loss.

Westbrook got things rolling with three of Tennessee's five 3s in the opening quarter for 11 points. The Lady Vols didn't hit again from long range, but teammates contributed from inside the arc to lead comfortably.

Jaime Nared had 11 points and 10 rebounds while Rennia Davis added 11 rebounds and 9 points for Tennessee, which controlled the rebuilding Wildcats in nearly every category, from rebounding (50-31) to inside points (30-24). Tennessee's only downsides were 40 percent shooting and 21 turnovers, though Kentucky converted them into just eight points.

Maci Morris had 18 points for the Wildcats, who shot just 30 percent in the first of three games this season on the home floor of the successful men's team.