MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Isabelle Harrison scored 13 points as fourth-ranked Tennessee rallied from a 12-point halftime deficit to beat Middle Tennessee 67-57 on Friday night in the season opener.
The Lady Vols played pretty sloppy in trailing 34-22 at halftime. They scored the first 14 of the second half, and Mercedes Russell, the Gatorade national girls player of the year from Springfield, Ore., scored nine of her 11 in the second half for Tennessee.
Ariel Massengale had 12 points for the Lady Vols, and Andraya Carter had 10.
Ebony Rowe led Middle Tennessee with 21 points and 16 rebounds. Olivia Jones had 10, and Shanice Cason had 10 points and 10 rebounds.
No. 7 Kentucky 75, Marist 61: In Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Kastine Evans scored 15 points and Kentucky used a balanced offense to beat Marist.
The Wildcats (1-0) got all they could handle from the pesky Red Foxes, who have knocked off their share of top teams in the NCAA tournament over the past few years.
No. 8 Maryland 78, South Florida 70; In Tampa, Fla., Laurin Mincy scored 15 points and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough added 12 as Maryland beat South Florida.
Courtney Williams had 21 points for South Forida, and Inga Orekhova, who averaged 12.7 points last season, finished with two points.
No. 12 North Carolina 87, Air Force 26: In Chapel Hill, N.C., freshman Diamond DeShields scored 16 points to help North Carolina beat Air Force.
Fellow rookie Stephanie Mavunga added 16 points and 13 rebounds for the Tar Heels (1-0), who were without recently inducted Naismith Hall of Fame coach Sylvia Hatchell as she focuses on treatment for leukemia.
No. 17 Nebraska 77, UCLA 49; In Lincoln,Neb., two-time All-American Jordan Hooper scored 27 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as Nebraska beat UCLA.
Thea Lemberger, led the Bruins with 17 points on 6-of-17 shooting.
No. 21 Oklahoma State 83, Lamar 56. In Stillwater, Okla., guards Brittney Martin and Tiffany Bias teamed to give Oklahoma State a win over Lamar.
Martin scored 18 points on 8-of-14 shooting. Bias, considered one of the nation’s top point guards, added 14 points.
Dominique Edwards, who led Lamar with 24 points.
No. 22 South Carolina 99, Charleston Southern 29: In Columbia, S.C., Alaina Coates came off the bench to score 20 points in her college debut, leading South Carolina past Charleston Southern.
The game was a runaway from the opening tip, and South Carolina closed the first half on a 30-5 run.
to take a 52-13 lead at halftime.