Nashville native Isabelle Harrison had 13 points and fourth ranked Tennessee survived a scare at Middle Tennessee 67-57 in the opener for both teams Friday night.
The Blue Raiders used three-three point field goals late in the first half to turn a three point lead into a 34-22 lead at the break. The Lady Vols responded with a 12-0 run to start the second half though to tie it up at 34.
Ebony Rowe led Middle Tennessee with 21 points and 16 rebounds.
The Blue Raiders drew the second largest crowd in program history with 11,227 fans.