One lengthy lapse cost Vanderbilt a chance to snap a lengthy skid.
The 25th-ranked Commodores hung tight for more than a half, but a huge run over six minutes allowed No. 6 Tennessee to pull away for an 87-64 victory on Sunday.
Vanderbilt still has never beaten the Lady Vols in Knoxville and is 0-27 since 1981. The Commodores (14-3, 2-2) have dropped seven straight overall to Tennessee, which leads the all-time series 58-7.
The Lady Vols (13-4, 4-1) led from the 10:37 mark in the first half all the way to the finish but Vanderbilt stuck around.
The Commodores trailed by three at halftime and cut it to 45-43 on a layup by Kady Schrann with 15:54 remaining. That’s when Vanderbilt went cold and the Lady Vols heated up.
VU hit just two layups and committed seven turnovers over the next minutes. Tennessee went on a 21-4 run, staking a 19-point lead on a Shekinna Stricklen steal and score with 9:27 left.
That hole was too big for Vanderbilt to climb out of. The Commodores committed 15 of their 24 turnovers in the second half.
“I think they came out more inspired and intense on defense and took away passes and shot the gap and got us to turn it over,” Vanderbilt coach Melanie Balcomb said. “We have been struggling all year. We have not come out inspired after halftime, the first four minutes. I thought we helped feed into that. We did not come out the way we should have as well.”
The Commodores also made just 31.3 percent (5-of-16) of their shots from 3-point range. They entered the game leading the nation, converting 44.1 percent of their 3-pointers.
Christina Foggie accounted for all five 3-pointers, pacing Vanderbilt by scoring a game-high 27 points for the second straight game. Holzer added 14 points before fouling out with 8:09 to go.
Stricklen led Tennessee with 20 points but left the game with three minutes remaining. Tennessee associate head coach Holly Warlick said team doctors think Stricklen might have strained her knee.
Vicki Baugh and Glory Johnson each scored 16 points. Johnson recorded a double-double by grabbing 13 rebounds. Freshman Ariel Massengale set a career-high with 12 assists.