KNOXVILLE, Tennessee (Ticker) -- Tamika Catchings scored 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as second-ranked Tennessee maintained its dominance of No. 11 Louisiana State with an 89-70 victory in the Southeastern Conference opener for both schools.
Gwen Jackson added 15 points and Kara Lawson and Ashley Robinson each had 10 off the bench for Tennessee (13-1, 1-0 SEC), which extended its lead in the series to 27-5. The Lady Vols have won all 14 meetings in Knoxville.
Marie Ferdinand led all scorers with 22 points and added six assists, four steals and three rebounds for LSU (9-4, 0-1), which had a seven-game winning streak halted.
Semeka Randall and Michelle Snow each had four points during a 10-0 run that gave Tennessee a 29-18 lead with just over seven minutes left in the first half. The Lady Vols took a 43-31 lead into the locker room.
A short jumper by DeTrina White got the Tigers within 64-58 with 7 1/2 minutes to play, but Tennessee answered with a 19-4 burst to take control. Catchings fueled the run with six points, making 1-of-2 free throws with 1:45 left to open an 83-62 cushion.
The Lady Vols shot 48 percent (31-of-64) from the field, making 8-of-19 3-pointers, and held a 46-35 rebounding advantage.
White and April Brown each added 18 points for LSU, which shot 42 percent (25-of-59).