OKLAHOMA CITY -- Kamiko Williams scored 15 points, Cierre Burdick had 13 and second-seeded Tennessee routed Oklahoma 74-59 in the regional semifinals of the NCAA women's tournament on Sunday.
The Lady Vols (27-7) opened a 20-point lead in the first half and never let Oklahoma make a comeback, improving to 26-5 in regional semifinals.
Tennessee will face either top-ranked Baylor or No. 5 seed Louisville on Tuesday night in the round of eight. The Lady Vols have lost in the regional finals the past two seasons and haven't made it to the Final Four since winning the national title in 2008.
Sharane Campbell scored 22 points and Joanna McFarland had 14 for No. 6 seed Oklahoma (24-11), which got an upset to make it to the round of 16, but couldn't capitalize on a friendly home environment in the Oklahoma City regional. McFarland also matched her career best with 16 rebounds.
The Lady Vols dissected Oklahoma's defense early on, getting easy baskets right under the hoop and putting together a 20-3 run to take control while keeping the Sooners' hometown crowd from getting involved.
The Sooners were already down by 11 -- having yielded eight straight points -- when starting point guard Morgan Hook was tripped up by Meighan Simmons and hit her head on the way down.She was helped to the bench by a trainer and sat out the rest of the game with concussion-like symptoms.
Oklahoma was already down to eight scholarship players after a series of four season-ending injuries, including team captain Whitney Hand's knee surgery.
Two volleyball players were brought in at midseason for practice help.
There simply wasn't enough firepower to keep up with the deeper SEC regular-season champs, who got 12 points apiece from Izzy Harrison and Taber Spani and held the Sooners to 31 percent shooting.
Oklahoma made just 5 of 29 from 3-point range and got just six points from reserves, compared to 30 for the Lady Vols.
The postseason perennials were meeting for the first time in the NCAA tournament, despite the Lady Vols making 32 straight tourney appearances and Oklahoma 14.
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