Holly Warlick spent 27 years as an assistant sitting beside Pat Summitt. Thursday, she sat in front as the Lady Vols Head Coach.
Summitt watched from the front row behind the bench as the first Lady Vols team in almost four decades played under another coach.
Warlick's debut was successful as the Lady Vols had five players in double figures in a 104-44 exhibition win over Carson-Newman.
Meighan Simmons had 24 points and freshman Bashaara Graves had a double-double with 17 points and 15 rebounds to lead the way.
Chante Markus led Carson-Newman with 12 points.
The No. 20 Lady Vols opened the 2012-13 season with a dominating 104-44 victory over Carson-Newman on Thursday night at Thompson-Boling Arena. The game marked the debut for longtime Tennessee assistant Holly Warlick as head coach of her alma mater before 10,647.
Junior Meighan Simmons led the Lady Vols with 24 as five players scored in double-figures.
Sophomore Isabelle Harrison scored 19 and grabbed seven rebounds.
Freshman Bashaara Graves had a double-double with 17 points and 15 rebounds in her first game as a Lady Vol. Fellow newcomer Jasmine Jones tallied 16 in her debut in Orange & White, as she made the first six of her field goal attempts.
Senior Taber Spani netted 11 points.
Sophomore Cierra Burdick had a well-rounded game with nine points, seven rebounds and six assists
Tennessee was superior in all areas of the game. UT captured the rebounding battle, 55-32 while the Lady Vols shot 55.2from the floor and limited Carson-Newman to just 20.0 from the floor. Tennessee forced the Division II Eagles into 25 turnovers and recorded 16 steals.
UT outscored C-N 54-6 in the paint and had 21 fastbreak points to just two for the Eagles.
Carson-Newman was led by Chante Markus, who had 12 points.
Simmons had 16 of her points in the second half. Harrison and Graves each had 12 points in the final 20 minutes.
The second half was more of the same for the Lady Vols as the margin moved to 40 at 58-18 on a free throw by Simmons with 15:19 left in the second half. Tennessee finished a 34-11 spurt on a Spani 3-pointer with 8:00 left to lead 84-29.
The lead surpassed 60 on Jones' jumper with 4:25 left, putting UT ahead 96-35.
UT broke the 100-point barrier as Jones put home her sixth consecutive shot without a miss with 3:08 left in the game, making it 100-38.
The Lady Vols busted out to a 47-15 lead at halftime led by Jones' 11 points. UT shot 55.2 percent in the first half while the defense held the Eagles to just four field goals and 14.3 from the floor.
Tennessee dominated from the start, jumping out a 10-0 lead in the first 4:17 and never looked back. The Lady Vols expanded the lead to 20 for the first time on a Jones jumper with 9:11 left in the first half, putting UT up 24-4. Kamiko Williams' fastbreak lay-up moved the margin to 26 at 32-6 with 5:51 left in the half. The lead hit 30 for the first time at 45-15 on a Taber Spani layup with 2:17 left in the half.
The Lady Vols return to action on Sunday as they play the second of two exhibition games as Coker College of South Carolina comes to Thompson-Boling Arena for a 2 p.m. tip-off. Tennessee officially opens the 2012-13 regular-season next Friday, Nov. 9 as the Lady Vols travel to Chattanooga to take on the Mocs at 7 p.m.
Here is more on the game from Carson-Newman:
The Carson-Newman Lady Eagles basketball team fell to the no. 16 Tennessee Lady Volunteers 104-44 in an exhibition matchup at Thompson-Boling Arena on Thursday night.
Carson-Newman saw junior guard Chante' Markus (Hummelstown, Pa.) and sophomore guard Lashawnda Peacher (Springfield, Tenn.) score in double figures, with Markus leading the way with her 12 points in the second exhibition game of the year for the Lady Eagles.
"I thought our effort was good and I thought we competed," said Carson-Newman head coach Mike Mincey. "We didn't back down and necessarily play intimidated. What I know we have to work on come Friday is our offense. We still have to have more of a transition and then try to get looks."
Tennessee jumped out to an early 10-0 lead and would lead the Lady Eagles 47-15 at halftime. The Lady Vols had five scorers in double figures, led by Meighan Simmons' 24 points. The Lady Vols also saw Bashaara Graves pick up a double-double with 17 points and 15 rebounds.
The Lady Eagles found success from beyond the arc in the second half, going five of 10 from three-point land. Leading Carson-Newman in three-pointers was Markus, who was three of four from three and scored 12 points to lead the Lady Eagles in scoring.
Carson-Newman ended the game shooting 20 percent from the field (11-55) and 32 percent from three-point land along with a 62 percent mark from the free throw line. Tennessee shot 55 percent from the field and was held to 40 percent from three and the Lady Vols were 26-39 at the free throw line.
Junior forward Shyra Brown (Cleveland, Tenn.), who led Carson-Newman in points against North Carolina Sunday, scored seven points and collected six rebounds while battling Tennessee's post players.
With the loss, the Lady Eagles have now dropped their last 10 games of the series against Tennessee, and this is the eighth time in the last nine meetings that the Lady Vols have scored over 100 points against C-N.
The Lady Eagles will round out exhibition play against East Tennessee State in Johnson City on Saturday Nov. 3 at 1:30 p.m.
The regular season will begin with a trip to Harrogate for the SAC-Conference of the Carolinas Challenge, where the Lady Eagles will face Coker and Erskine from Nov. 9-10.
Fans can listen to Saturday's game against ETSU on the Coca-Cola Eagle Sports Network, with coverage beginning with the Farm Bureau Countdown to Tipoff at 6:45 p.m. and www.cneagles.com.