2006-07 Tennessee Lady Vols

06-07 team
SEATED:    Elizabeth Curry,    Shannon Bobbitt,    Alexis Hornbuckle,
   Cait McMahan,    Alberta Auguste
STANDING:    Nicci Moats,    Alex Fuller,    Nicky Anosike,    Candace Parker,
   Sidney Spencer,    Dominique Redding

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The Lady Vols' 2006-07 season culminated in their seventh National Championship, as they defeated Rutgers, 59-46, in the championship game in Cleveland, Ohio. The post-tournament analysis of their run to the title focused on two key words -- defense and rebounding. The season began with high expectations, as usual, with a #5 national ranking, and with Coach Summitt intoning her perennial mantra: "Defense has to get a lot better and our rebounding." However, much of the talk emanating from the fans and the media during the pre-season was of red-shirt sophomore Candace Parker's improvement after a summer playing with the women's national team and of the addition of two junior college transfers, Shannon Bobbitt and Alberta Auguste, who were expected to add an element of quickness that had been missing the previous year. Seniors Sidney Spencer and Dominique Redding and juniors Alexis Hornbuckle and Nicky Anosike were the leaders of a talented returning cast.

11/1   CARSON-NEWMAN (Exh)      Knoxville, TN    (104-49) [click on score for game stats]

The team opened the exhibition season with a 104-49 win over Carson-Newman. Junior Alexis Hornbuckle scored a team-leading 21 points and added 7 assists and 5 steals. Dominique Redding tallied 20 points on 9 of 11 shooting, while Nicky Anosike contributed 18 and Candace Parker 12. Shannon Bobbitt and sophomore Alex Fuller added 11 each.

11/5   HOUSTON JAGUARS (Exh)    Knoxville, TN    (101-51)

The Jaguars, an all-star group of former collegiate players, fared little better in the final exhibition game, falling 101-51. Candace Parker and Alex Fuller posted double-doubles. Coach Summitt said, "I think the first bright spot is that our starting five got us off to a good start both halves. We were not good off the bench in the first half. . . . We have worked on defense and extending the defense and setting the tempo defensively. . . . We place a lot of emphasis on defense. When you shoot 41 percent, you need to make positive things happen on defense."

11/12  TENNESSEE-CHATTANOOGA    Knoxville, TN    (W, 102-72)

The season began in earnest with a match-up between the sister schools from Knoxville and Chattanooga. For many fans, the highlight of the game was Candace Parker's second-half dunk, the first by a Lady Vol in a home game. Alexis Hornbuckle led the team with 19 points and 7 steals. Coach Summitt commented, "I thought our team played hard on the defensive end and generated lots of opportunities on the offensive end. I liked our overall teamwork and intensity and unselfish play across the board. We had some good open looks and were able to get the ball inside. We had good inside/outside movement. . . . We played much better than we did in the exhibition games. . . . I thought our inside game was very efficient but also very unselfish. The question mark on this team coming in was how they would distribute the ball and play as a team. I think they demonstrated that they are looking for the best opportunity every possession."

11/16  UCLA                     Knoxville, TN    (W, 83-60)

UCLA came to town next for the first of three consecutive games with Pac-10 opponents. Candace Parker scored 22 points and Sidney Spencer contributed 15 as No. 5 Tennessee pulled away from the No. 20 Bruins in the second half for an 83-60 victory. According to Coach Summitt, "our defensive intensity, particularly our fullcourt pressure, generated a lot of offense for us. Our team didn't buy into the scouting report on Noelle Quinn and Lindsey Pluimer until after halftime. We talked about needing to limit their touches, and we did fine in the second half. This was a good learning experience for us. We adjusted in the second half and did a better job. . . . We had a lot of defensive breakdowns. We weren't focused on the defensive end. . . . We weren't very disruptive. The team took pride at halftime. We talked about what they hadn't done. We talked about limiting touches and doing a better job of scouting report defense. The team wasn't happy at halftime, and they work better if they're not happy." Sidney Spencer said, "We have people who can score at all five positions. We have two true point guards. We're playing in our normal positions. I like our chemistry. Our defense feeds off transition buckets. We're more uptempo and looking for the open person. Our chemistry is unbelievable right now."

11/19  at Arizona State         Tempe, AZ        (W, 83-74)

The first road game of the season found the Lady Vols in Tempe, Arizona to meet the 11th-ranked Arizona State Sun Devils, owners of a 26-game home winning streak. The home team was a game opponent, but Tennessee prevailed, 83-74, behind Candace Parker's first double-double of the season, 25 points and 10 rebounds. Sidney Spencer tallied 18, while Alexis Hornbuckle added 13 points, 5 assists, and 4 steals. Nicky Anosike had 8 assists. Coach Summitt said, "Our defense, second half, we really stepped up. Obviously they get after you and at times we looked a little ugly offensively. But we managed to get it done." According to Hornbuckle, Coach Summitt "made it a point to say we needed to go on a run because this team was going to fight until the end. And we took it upon ourselves to take pride in our defense and after that the offense just flowed. I think this team starts with defense."

11/24  STANFORD                 Knoxville, TN    (W, 77-60)

Back home in Knoxville, the Lady Vols welcomed 11th-ranked Stanford to Thompson-Boling Arena and made it a sweep of the Pac-10 portion of the schedule with a 77-60 win over the Cardinal. Candace Parker was the show, with 25 points, including a dunk on a breakaway after a steal and her first 3-pointer of the season, 9 rebounds, 5 blocks, and 4 steals. "Without a doubt, I thought this was Candace Parker's best all-around game. She provided support defensively; she was running the floor; she was getting back-to-back plays; and she was getting others involved. She had what I call valuable spurts throughout the game. Credit the team. When we needed to score, they did a good job of getting the ball inside to her," Coach Summitt opined. On the team effort, the Coach said, "I thought overall our team did a good job of keeping pressure on Stanford. We had some breakdowns, but that's part of the game. When you look at their frontline game, we expected Brooke Smith to be more of a factor. Jayne Appel came in and took over. I thought we did a good job on Smith and Newlin. Our defensive pressure and tempo got us out to some runs. . . . We could be a much better rebounding team. We have to pursue the ball. Defensively, we did some good things. That helped to make up for our offensive execution. The edge was that we were able to generate offense off of our defense. . . . I feel good about our defense."

11/26  MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE   Knoxville, TN    (W, 88-64)

The highly-regarded Middle Tennessee State team, who would crack the Top 25 later in the season, came to town to test their mettle against the Lady Vols. Tennessee had taller players, though, and shot a lights-out 63% in the first half to down the Blue Raiders, 88-64. All-American Chrissy Givens led the Raiders with 26 points, while Candace Parker and Sidney Spencer each put up 16 for the Lady Vols. Parker left the game in the second half with an injured knee, but the injury turned out to be minor. Coach Summitt commented that "We knew going in that we would have to try to dictate tempo. We were able to generate offense off of our defense and settled down after the first few minutes. We got some great scoring opportunities, with Sidney shooting so well and Candace inside, particularly with our halfcourt game."

11/28  at Louisiana Tech        Ruston, LA       (W, 71-50)

In Ruston, Louisiana, traditional rival LaTech failed to provide the level of competition that they have in the past, falling 71-50. Dominique Redding led Tennessee with 13 points, while Candace Parker had 10 points, eight rebounds and seven blocked shots -- five in the first half. The team as a whole had 10 blocks and forced 29 turnovers, including 22 steals -- 8 by Alberta Auguste and 6 by Alexis Hornbuckle. "Our first half defensive intensity was really strong and disruptive and took them out of their rhythm. That's what really got us going," said Coach Summitt. "We were sporadic in the second half because we had a hard time having all five of our players show the type of intensity that we had in the first half." The victory improved the Lady Vols record to 6-0 on the young season. Freshman Cait McMahan got her first career start as Shannon Bobbitt stayed in Knoxville to take an exam.

12/3   at North Carolina        Chapel Hill, NC  (L, 57-70)

Game seven required a trip to Chapel Hill, North Carolina to take on the No. 2 UNC Tar Heels, the same team that eliminated the Lady Vols one game short of the Final Four the previous season. Revenge was on the fans' minds, but it was not to be, as UNC prevailed, 70-57. Candace Parker had a season-high 27 points and 10 rebounds for the Lady Vols, but she got little help as Spencer and Hornbuckle shot a combined 3-20. Neither team was particularly sharp, and after the game, North Carolina coach Sylvia Hatchell quipped, prophetically, "We bring out the best and the worst in each other, I guess." Coach Summitt said, "Well, obviously we really struggled to put the ball in the hole. I think North Carolina had a lot to do with it, just their pressure and we rushed a little bit. We did not feel as comfortable and in sync offensively, but I think they had a lot to do with it, just the physicality of their team. We needed to be able to score with a little more balance." One telling stat was the rebounding totals -- UNC had 43, Tennessee 33.

12/5   TENNESSEE-MARTIN         Knoxville, TN    (W, 85-29)

Coach Summitt's alma mater, Tennessee-Martin, came calling next, and the Lady Vols had no pity in the aftermath of their first defeat of the season, crushing the Skyhawks, 85-29. Coach Summitt remarked, "It's unusual to go in the locker room and visit the other team before the game starts, but I had the opportunity to talk to the UT-Martin team tonight. It's good for us to play Chattanooga and Martin. If it had not have been for the folks at UT-Martin, I wouldn't have had this job or been prepared for it. . . . I was pleased with our team tonight. We played with intensity. In the second half, we went with all match-up zone. We needed a good change-up. We didn't play the scoreboard. We had several players get good quality minutes."

12/7   GEORGE WASHINGTON        Knoxville, TN    (W, 85-62)

A more challenging opponent showed up two days later, No. 21 George Washington University. Sidney Spencer led the way with a career-high tying 21 points, hitting 5-8 three-point tries, and the Lady Vols came away victorious 85-62. Coach Summitt said of Spencer, "She knocked down a lot of great looks for us and helped us break open the game in the second half. The team did a really excellent job of finding her. I think they wanted the assists." Alexis Hornbuckle commented, "I'm happy with where we're at. I'm not completely satisfied. I'm always hungry and want to get better. We've got to get better on rebounding. If we pursue the basketball, we will be hard to contend with." Against GWU, though, Tennessee won the battle of the boards, 40-20.

12/17  at Texas                 Austin, TX       (W, 67-46)

A trip to Austin, Texas, usually means tough times, but after struggling in the first half, Tennessee pulled away from 23rd-ranked Texas to win 67-46. The Lady Vols outrebounded the Longhorns, 48-30. Parker had 12 rebounds and 12 points, while Spencer led with 15 points, including 3-4 three-pointers. Coach Summitt's analysis: "The game started off with two teams not shooting the ball well at all. Both teams got great looks, and Texas got a lot of points in the paint and off of second shots. We talked about it at halftime, and came out better defensively. Our perimeter defense helped with the pressure we put on the basketball. If you can't see it, you're not going to be able to make a play. . . . I thought what you saw from Shannon [Bobbitt] is what Shannon needs to bring to us all the time. I think it just took her a few road games to realize that this is a tough environment and that you have to be able to match the intensity of the home team and not let the away environment take her out of her game. I thought she did a great job of running our basketball team."

12/20  WEST VIRGINIA            Knoxville, TN    (W, 66-51)

Back in Knoxville in the last home game before Christmas break, Candace Parker scored 19 points, including a dunk, and Alexis Hornbuckle added 18, hitting 4-6 three-pointers, to help the Lady Vols defeat West Virginia, 66-51. Hornbuckle, a junior from Charleston, West Virginia, said, "I might have wanted to play one of the better games I have played yet. I told the girls in one of our huddles before the game, 'Ladies, let's just please play well. I want to go home for Christmas. I won't be able to show my face if we play bad or lose.'" Coach Summitt opined, "I think for the most part we have to be pleased with our starters and how they got us out to a great start. I thought when we substituted we lost some rhythm offensively." Sidney Spencer failed the make a three-pointer for the first time this season, and Coach Summitt remarked, "Sid didn't work hard to get her shots. She let her defense affect her offense. After playing the way she did against Texas, she was not aggressive enough tonight. She stood around a lot. She has to understand her role. She has to get open and be creative off the dribble. She was not as aggressive as she needed to be. Now that she's established herself, there's no going back."

12/22  at Old Dominion          Norfolk, VA      (W, 75-59)

Traveling to Norfolk, Virginia to play traditional rival Old Dominion before going home for Christmas, the Lady Vols took care of business. While Candace Parker was getting booed by the ODU fans for not dunking after a steal and breakaway, Tennessee overcame some spirited defense by the Lady Monarchs and pulled away for a 75-59 win. Parker had 32 points and 10 rebounds to lead the way, and Bobbitt knocked down 3-5 three-pointers, while Hornbuckle added 6 assists and 4 steals. Alex Fuller played well off the bench with 8 points and 7 rebounds.

12/30  NOTRE DAME               Knoxville, TN    (W, 78-54)

The last game of 2006 brought the Notre Dame Fighting Irish to Knoxville. Tennessee led by only two at the half, and Shannon Bobbitt said, "At halftime, Pat stressed the fact that we looked dead out there. We weren't putting an emphasis on defense first and the boards first, so we had a little meeting among ourselves and we just went out there and were going to show it the second half." The result was a runaway 78-54 victory. Bobbitt had 17 points, as did Sidney Spencer. Both were hot from three-point land -- 5-7 for Bobbitt and 3-7 for Spencer. Candace Parker led all scorers with 22 and added 10 rebounds, 5 blocks, and 3 steals. Alexis Hornbuckle contributed 6 assists, 3 blocks, and 4 steals. Coach Summitt remarked, "Obviously, I thought we played better in the second half than we did in the first. We had more energy, and our guards dictated tempo. We didn't bring the energy and intensity until the second half. In the first half, Notre Dame got the shots they wanted. They got good looks. When this team understands that they can generate points off their defense, that will be good. I challenged Shannon to step up in the second half. Overall, our team did step up." With the win, the Lady Vols headed into the new year and the SEC portion of the schedule with a 12-1 record.

1/3    ALABAMA *                Knoxville, TN    (W, 72-36)

The Lady Vols kicked off the New Year with an old-fashioned whipping of SEC foe Alabama, 72-36. Although the Tide won the rebounding battle by 2 boards, Tennessee's defensive pressure forced them into 35 turnovers, including 17 steals and 5 blocked shots. The mismatch afforded the Lady Vols the opportunity to prepare themselves for the next game, a big one at undefeated Connecticut. According to Coach Summitt, "Nicky Anosike played terrific defense. She played a lot of minutes. Once we were able to extend our lead, we were able to get a lot of minutes for Alex [Fuller], Dom [Redding], Bird [Alberta Auguste], and Cait [McMahan]. We had a lot of different looks, but we still maintained our intensity. We planned on going that route, to get these players quality minutes, especially Alberta. She had 23 minutes. She needed to play through some things. Alex has been getting some quality minutes, but getting that playing time was important. . . . We have been iffy off the bench. Going into the Connecticut game, that environment, we needed to get quality minutes for Dom and Cait so they could get confident and comfortable with their games."

1/6    at Connecticut           Hartford, CT     (W, 70-64)

The headline read: "No. 4 Lady Vols, Parker Dunk No. 5 UConn 70-64; Candace Parker leads all with 30 points, 12 rebounds and 6 blocks." Sidney Spencer and Shannon Bobbitt supported Parker's offensive effort with 3-7 and 3-6 three-point shooting, respectively. Spencer also contributed 14 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals. The dunk is what many people will remember, but it was a big, big win on the home court of a fierce rival -- a win boding well for the future of this team, this season. It was the third straight victory over Connecticut, which in itself put smiles on the faces of the fans. Coach Summitt said, "I had some real question marks as to whether we could hang with them on the boards. I thought it was going to be a real challenge in this game. We managed to do a good job of that. I thought our change of defenses in the first half gave us some good opportunities, but in the second half they really attacked us and got us out of a major run. It's so important that you answer runs and we talked about that at every time out and we managed to do this. I think our tough schedule prepared us for this, going out on the road. Playing at North Carolina was a place where we were inconsistent and we learned from that, along with playing Texas and Old Dominion. This team played very well today and we are very proud of them." Charde Houston tallied 23 for UConn.

1/11   at Florida *             Gainesville, FL  (W, 80-58)

Tennessee lost an overtime game to Florida in the final game of last season. This time, the Lady Vols took care of business, winning 80-58. "We used it as a little bit of motivation," Alexis Hornbuckle said. "They took us out of a No. 1 seed." Tennessee jumped out to a 25-0 lead before Florida scored with 12:20 left on the clock in the first half. Spencer led the way with 21 points, hitting 5-7 three-pointers, and Parker netted 19 to go along with 9 rebounds. Hornbuckle had 10 points, 10 assists, 9 rebounds, and 4 steals.

1/14   at Georgia *             Athens, GA       (W, 52-41)

A Sunday match-up with No. 15 Georgia produced one of Tennessee's finest defensive efforts of the season. Only Alexis Hornbuckle and Nicky Anosike shot well, scoring 14 points apiece, but the team buckled down on the defensive end and held the Dawgs to a mere 41 points, adequately offsetting their own shooting woes. It was the fewest points a Georgia team had scored since their inaugural season in 1974. "This [Lady Vol] team is much more athletic and can cover a lot of ground," said coach Pat Summitt. "That has been the key for us and our success on the road. We're able to generate points off our defense. That's how you win ballgames."

1/18   MISSISSIPPI STATE *      Knoxville, TN    (W, 73-44)

Mississippi State was no match for the homestanding Lady Vols. Candace Parker had a respiratory illness, and the team doctor advised her not to play, so Sidney Spencer scored 18 points and Shannon Bobbitt added 13 while UT forced 28 turnovers, and had 12 steals and 5 blocks on the way to a 73-44 spanking of the Bulldogs. Alex Fuller, who started in place of Parker, and Alexis Hornbuckle each had 12 points. Nicky Anosike pulled down 10 rebounds for the Lady Vols, who outrebounded Mississippi State 45-30, while Spencer and Fuller contributed 7 apiece and Auguste had 6. Coach Summitt commented, "Maybe they thought they needed to rebound since Candace was not playing. That was encouraging, the players making up their minds to rebound. They shouldn't stand and watch a teammate rebound. We'll build on this. We did a lot of good things in the second half." "The second half was the best part of the night. We did a better job on defense and rebounding and better play off the bench in the second half. Alberta (Auguste) did some good things, and Cait (McMahan) got some quality minutes and made the most of them."

1/22   DUKE                     Knoxville, TN    (L, 70-74)

Duke pulled into Knoxville ranked #1 in the country, and the Lady Vols were anxious to make amends for their poor showing against the Blue Devils last season. Alas, the score was closer and the effort valiant, but UT fell again, 74-70. The problem this time was that the team dug a 19-0 hole at the outset and was never able to get all the way back. Coach Summitt said, "Obviously, we were very disappointed with the outcome of the game. This past week, we've had some of the best practices that we've had this season. By design, we worked on transition defense. Duke does a great job of pushing tempo. We started flat and on our heels. Waner was big in the first half. I was disappointed with our defense. She had 21 in the first half and six three-pointers. You've got to guard three-point shooters. We were undisciplined in our transition defense. This is a good lesson to learn from. There's a reason that they're the #1 team in the nation. Their guard play was too much. Our free throw shooting was costly, and we had three starters [Spencer, Anosike, and Bobbitt] who went 5-for-25 [from the field]. You have to have good defense when you don't shoot well. I was pleased with the fact that we never quit. They came up with big plays, and we fell short. . . . At halftime, we talked about being too overanxious early on. It could have been a factor. It was a great opportunity to see how we stack up against the #1 team in the nation after having losses against them in the last two years. We didn't lack for desire." Candace Parker scored 22 points and had 10 rebounds, 4 assists, and 6 blocks, while Alexis Hornbuckle chipped in with 19 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 steals. Oddly, Tennessee tied a season-high with 10 three-pointers, won the rebounding battle, 46-35, and only had 11 turnovers, but it was for nought because of their poor shooting overall. The team had no time to dwell on the loss, though, as they headed into the remainder of their SEC schedule still sporting a gaudy 17-2 record.

1/25   at Vanderbilt *          Nashville, TN    (W, 67-57)

A road game against in-state rival and 15th-ranked Vanderbilt provided a good test for the Lady Vols resiliency and determination. Senior Sidney Spencer said, "We knew our character was going to be determined this week, . . . and how we bounced back from that loss. Everyone did a good job of being extra focused on this game and taking care of business." Spencer herself was stellar with 26 points, hitting 4-6 threes, and grabbing 7 rebounds. Candace Parker added 19 points, 11 rebounds, and 4 steals. A key was the defensive pressure that forced 27 Commodore turnovers. Vanderbilt led by 8 early in the game, but a 15 point run by the Lady Vols turned the tide, and they never looked back.

1/28   at Alabama *             Tuscaloosa, AL   (W, 80-51)

The return match with Alabama in Tuscaloosa was a little closer, but not much. Shannon Bobbitt led the way with 20 points on 6 three-pointers as UT won 80-51. Coach Summitt remarked, "It was key and it was really good to see because Shannon has not been as aggressive in her play offensive and defensively. When she plays that way it brings good energy to our team." Bobbitt's analysis was that "I got a lot of good open shots because they were flooding on one side of the floor and they were leaving me open on the other side." She said, "I just try to hide because a lot of people won't see me. My teammates saw me and gave me some good looks." The Lady Vol defense forced 30 Bama turnovers. Navonda Moore scored 25 for the Tide.

2/1    SOUTH CAROLINA *         Knoxville, TN    (W, 72-36)

South Carolina came to Knoxville next and suffered a fate very similar to Alabama's as Tennessee doubled the score on them, 72-36. USC had 34 turnovers, half of which were steals by the Lady Vols, who jumped out to a 16-0 lead and never looked back. Tennessee led 37-11 at halftime. South Carolina had the fewest first-half points against the Lady Vols by an SEC team. According to Shannon Bobbitt, "One our weaknesses was playing defense for 40 minutes, so we talked about it as a team. I think we did a great job in the first half." Coach Summitt was also happy with the defensive effort. "We went to our athletic lineup. Bird [Auguste], Alexis, Candace, Shannon, and Nicky Anosike have speed and can cover a lot of ground. They're a great pressing team for us. We got a lot of opportunities off of our defense. . . . Our defense had an impact on how they played. We had the ability to extend it. The lineup we went with had speed, quickness, mobility, and an aggressive mindset. Alexis was all over the court. She sets a mindset for us."

2/5    GEORGIA *                Knoxville, TN    (W, 73-57)

The rematch with No. 9 Georgia saw more scoring but the same result as Tennessee rolled to a 73-57 victory behind Candace Parker's 22 points and 11 rebounds. Alexis Hornbuckle contributed 14 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists, and 4 steals. According to Coach Summitt, "No one can really defend Parker on the inside unless they do double-team her. She's the kind of player who can make people pay by kicking out of the double-teams. I think that's the way we have to play if we want to be one of the best teams in the country. We just have to have the inside-outside mentality." Defense was the key once again and Georgia committed 19 turnovers. Coach Summitt said, "Obviously, very pleased with our defensive intensity. It's one of our best efforts. Alexis Hornbuckle set the tone for how we were going to play on the defensive end." According to Hornbuckle, "We knew they were going to come in here with a vengeance because we beat them on their home court and the SEC was pretty much up for grabs if we lost this game. They had a lot to lose and a lot to gain, so they were going to come out hard." She went on to say, "I think this year, we have a lot more heart in playing defense. We realize we can't rely on our offense. That showed early in the Duke game and also in the North Carolina game. There were spurts when we were doing great offensively, but we couldn't stop anybody. You can't cut a lead, no matter what the score. Our team realized that, and we've played with heart ever since." Tasha Humphrey had 17 points and 10 boards for the Dawgs.

2/8    at Auburn *              Auburn, AL       (W, 72-62)

Candace Parker had 25 points and 11 rebounds and Alexis Hornbuckle contributed 12 points and 9 boards as No. 3 Tennessee stayed unbeaten in the SEC with a 72-62 victory over Auburn. "Candace Parker and Alexis Hornbuckle were pretty solid for us," Coach Summitt said. "I thought those two really came to play. Life on the road is tough. We had a difficult time getting five people, particularly on the defensive end, to commit to what we wanted to accomplish."

2/11   KENTUCKY *               Knoxville, TN    (W, 84-62)

With Mickie DeMoss bringing her Kentucky team to town, Tennessee chose to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of its first NCAA Championship. Coach Summitt said, "Every player on our '87 championship team managed to find a way back for this. That was special. Everyone here was proud for the '87 group. They have the bragging rights, and we heard a lot about it." The current version of the Lady Vols did their part too, coming away with an 84-62 win. Senior Sidney Spencer remarked that "Tradition is very important to this program. They have left a legacy that we've grown up watching and that we wanted to follow. Getting to see that and be in the presence of champions was really awesome." Summitt commented that "our basketball team started strong. I thought Candace Parker really established her inside game, and just her aggressive play set the tone on the offensive end." Parker scored 31 points to go with 9 rebounds, Spencer and Shannon Bobbitt tallied 12 points each, and Alex Fuller had 11. Coach DeMoss said, "It's a little rough sitting on that other side. I thought their defense looked really good tonight. Their full-court defense is something we had trouble with in the first half. We turned the ball over too much, and they converted those turnovers into easy baskets." Sarah Elliott led Kentucky with 21 points and 10 rebounds.

2/15   MISSISSIPPI *            Knoxville, TN    (W, 81-69)

Tennessee held Ole Miss All-American Armintie Price to 13 points while their own All-American, Candace Parker, scored 25, along with 10 rebounds and 7 assists, and the Lady Vols emerged with an 81-69 victory. Shannon Bobbitt contributed 15 points, hitting 4-9 three-pointers, and 5 assists, and Alexis Hornbuckle had 12 points and 8 boards. Coach Summitt remarked that "We knew going in that this was not going to be an easy 40 minutes of basketball. I thought Ole Miss did a great job of staying aggressive. Even with Price in foul trouble, they were able to maintain their intensity up until halftime. In the second half, we had some good runs. Our defense stepped up. Our zone slowed their attack. It took them longer to find their shots. We did a good job out of our match-up zone. It was good to us."

2/19   at LSU *                 Baton Rouge, LA  (W, 56-51)

A game in Baton Rouge is never easy for the Lady Vols these days, and this one was no exception. The game was a defensive struggle, with UT managing to hit only 31.3% of their shots, but Tennessee prevailed, 56-51. The No. 7 Tigers' All-American, Sylvia Fowles, scored 18 points and pulled down 16 rebounds, but it was not enough as Candace Parker more than matched her with 27 points and 13 rebounds. With Sidney Spencer and Alexis Hornbuckle hitting a combined 3-22 shots, it was fortuitous that Dominique Redding came off the bench and scored 8 much-needed points for the Lady Vols. Hornbuckle did contribute 5 steals, and Spencer had 9 rebounds. Coach Summitt said, "Candace on the inside was huge establishing the post-up game and being aggressive to the basket. Obviously, I am very proud of this basketball team. They hung really tough when things didn't always go our way. . . . We came up with key rebounds down the stretch."

2/22   at Arkansas *            Fayetteville, AR (W, 75-68 OT)

Many thought the trip to Arkansas would provide the Lady Vols with a bit of a breather between LSU and Vanderbilt. The Lady 'Backs had other ideas, extending Tennessee into overtime before falling, 75-68. UT was down 45-36 with just over 7 minutes to play in regulation before switching to a full-court press, forcing three consecutive turnovers to move in front, 46-45. "We figured out a way to win," Coach Summitt said. "When this team puts its mind to it, they can be a great team." As usual, Candace Parker led UT with 29 points and 17 rebounds. The rest of the team struggled, though, and their shooting percentage for the game was a dismal 36%. Eighteen steals, 4 each by Parker and Hornbuckle, contributed to Arkansas's 25 turnovers, and Tennessee won the battle of the boards, 50-41.

2/25   VANDERBILT *             Knoxville, TN    (W, 73-53)

The final home game and Senior Night found UT hosting the No. 12 Vanderbilt Commodores. Defense was the name of the game, as normally hot-shooting Vanderbilt was held to only 32.7% shooting for the game. Tennessee also had an impressive 43-33 rebounding edge. Candace Parker scored 21 points and snagged 14 rebounds, while senior Sidney Spencer added 10 points and Shannon Bobbitt had 14. Coach Summitt said, "I thought our defense would be a key, and it was, without a question. We were able to identify and pick up [Dee] Davis early. Their inside game was good. [Carla] Thomas was terrific today. We had a balanced attack and were able to do what we wanted to do. We did a better job today off the bench. . . . Statistically, there have been some areas this year. We haven't shot as well and haven't made our free throws. Defense has been a key. When we weren't scoring, our defense affected other teams well. We were able to get people to turn the ball over. With our defense, we have the ability to create scoring opportunities. That is a key. . . . I would consider this team one of our best defensive teams ever. The '98 team was the best. They were terrific. This team is getting better. Certain players bring it every night. Candace has picked up her defensive play. Shannon has learned to play under pressure." Commenting on seniors Dominique Redding, Sidney Spencer, and Elizabeth Curry, Coach Summit said, "I thought both seniors did a good job today. They've been in this program for four years. Dom showed today that she was ready to step in. I was pleased with her defensive intensity. Sid knocked down some shots. She has been in a little bit of a slump. I want her to shoot every time that she's open. We were able to get Elizabeth in the game. It was her dream to wear the Lady Vol uniform. We tried to get her an open look, but at least she was able to get a free throw. Her parents were here, and they were excited." Alexis Hornbuckle failed to record a steal in this game after doing so in 64 straight games. Tennessee closes out the regular season portion of their schedule with a 14-0 SEC mark and 27-2 overall.

SEC Tournament

3/2    vs. South Carolina       Duluth, GA       (W, 81-63)

Tennessee's quarterfinal opponent in the SEC Tournament was the Gamecocks of South Carolina, and they dispatched them with relative ease. Senior Sidney Spencer led the way with 22 points and 4 steals, while Alexis Hornbuckle added 17 points and 7 assists. The Lady Vols found considerable playing time for their bench in this contest. Team-leading scorer Candace Parker played only 21 minutes and tallied 10 points to go along with 11 rebounds. Coach Summitt remarked, "We know people are going to key on Candace. She was taking obviously a lot of physical play. But I thought she kept her composure. It's good to see other players step up and not stand around and watch her play. I think Alexis has done a great job of being much more assertive on the offensive end, much more efficient. Good to see Sidney, in particular, I guess they'll all want to take a week off from practice, because that's what she did. She looked okay today. But I think if we get a little bit more balance, people can't key on one player, and obviously Candace has been a target all year for our opposing defense." On starting the second half with a 16-5 run, Coach Summitt said, "I think we came out with five people playing on the defensive end. I thought the first half we had three people playing, and two not really putting the type of pressure in the passing lanes. I didn't think our post defense was very strong in the first half, but we definitely stepped that up in the second half. That matched the intensity of our perimeter defense which generated a lot of easy scoring opportunities for us. It came from the players. As I told them, you can't be at Tennessee and pick and choose when you want to play defense and rebound and expect to be very good because everyone gives us their best shot. So I think we have to understand who we are and how we have to play." Next up would be a sterner test against 11th-ranked Louisiana State.

3/3    vs. LSU                  Duluth, GA       (L, 54-63)

LSU ended Tennessee's quest for a third straight SEC Tournament title in a semifinal matchup in Duluth, Georgia, 63-54. The Lady Vols fell despite a career-high 29 point outburst by junior Alexis Hornbuckle, who also led with 9 rebounds. The Lady Tigers' Sylvia Fowles scored 19 points with 20 rebounds, while LSU held Tennessee's leading scorer, Candace Parker, to a lacklustre 4 points. Coach Summitt analyzed the game this way: "I think if you just take a look at this game statistically and you look at the paint points that LSU got, the inside presence that Sylvia Fowles gave them, tremendous. Erica White, what she brought to their team in terms of just how productive she was both offensively and getting her team involved. You know, we got whipped right down the middle. They were just better. They had a post game. We didn't have a post game consistently. They did an awful lot from their point position. Obviously, very disappointed that we didn't match the intensity. When I say that, I'm talking five people on the floor at all times. I thought LSU was much more inspired one through five. Just really made a lot of great plays. Obviously Alexis had a super effort. Nicky [Anosike] did a great job for us, I thought gave us, as she always does, a tremendous defensive effort on the inside. Then the other thing that was glaring to me was the bench play. We didn't get much off of our bench in terms of being productive and making a difference, and they obviously got a lot more than we did. They were a better team tonight than we were. They had some better overall play as a basketball team both defensively and offensively." LSU went on to lose to Vanderbilt in the Championship game of the Tournament.

NCAA Tournament

3/18   vs. Drake                Pittsburgh, PA   (W, 76-37)

Tennessee's reward for a sterling season was a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament and a first round contest against one of two teams in the tournament sporting a losing record, the Drake Bulldogs (14-18), winners of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament. After a two week layoff from competition, the Lady Vols looked a bit rusty but eventually got their offense cranked up for a 76-37 victory. Alexis Hornbuckle tallied 14 points, Candace Parker added 13 points and six rebounds, Shannon Bobbitt scored 11, and Dominique Redding contributed 10. Coach Summitt said, "Obviously we brought our defensive intensity tonight. It's a good thing because we weren't executing as well offensively in the first half. I thought we got a little over anxious in our transition; didn't really score out of our primary offense. But once we settled down, got the ball inside, we have to understand we have to establish our inside game. We closed out the half and went on a 25-0 run. This team, defensively, we spent a lot of time between our SEC loss and taking the court here on being able to rely heavily on our defense and just disrupt our opponent. I think we're also making better decisions offensively, we saw that in the second half. Really, really proud to see how we shot the ball in the second half. You're gonna have to make some shots in the post season and certainly we are capable of doing that. Candace established an inside game for us and I thought Shannon settled down and really ran the offense well in the second half."

3/20   vs. Pittsburgh           Pittsburgh, PA   (W, 68-54)

For the 26th time in 26 NCAA Tournaments, Tennessee reached the Sweet Sixteen with a 68-54 victory over the homestanding Pittsburgh Panthers. Candace Parker was dominant for the Lady Vols, scoring 30 points and repeatedly popping the balloons of hope raised by Pitt rallies. Parker hit on 13-16 shots from the field and pulled down 12 rebounds, adding 4 assists and 3 blocks for good measure. Tennessee also got 11 points from Sidney Spencer and 10 each from Shannon Bobbitt and Nicky Anosike. They outrebounded the Panthers, 36-24, with Anosike contributing 8 boards. Pitt was led by Mercedes Walker's 19 points and 9 rebounds, while Shavonte Zellous added 18 points. Coach Summitt said, "Coming into this game having to play Pitt on their home floor, they had obviously a good vocal crowd. I felt our team in the first half really stepped up and played very well, executed well together offensively. We felt we could go inside and Candace established herself. But she's not passing to herself. Her teammates did a great job in getting her the basketball. On the defensive end, it seemed like [Pitt] scored much more than I wanted them to, but they did a nice job of spacing and obviously getting the ball inside as well."

3/25   vs. Marist               Dayton, OH       (W, 65-46)

Tennessee's opponent in the Dayton Regional semifinal was the surprising, 13th-seeded Marist Red Foxes (29-5), who earned their spot by upsetting 4th-seeded Ohio State and 5th-seeded Middle Tennessee the week before in Stanford, California. The Lady Vols got off to a quick start in this game and never looked back, leading 42-21 at halftime and shooting 54.5% in the first half. Candace Parker scored 16 and grabbed 9 rebounds, while Sidney Spencer and Shannon Bobbitt added 11 each. Coach Summitt remarked, "We are really excited and pleased about the win and how we played, especially in the first half. Our full-court pressure created turnovers. I went into halftime feeling confident. We had people who didn't play on the defensive end with same intensity in the second half. Survive and advance. It's what you do this time of year." Of UT's defense, she said, "I think our perimeter defensive pressure is effective because we can play with Nicky Anosike. Alexis [Hornbuckle] set the tone from outside. The pressure she brought was key for us. . . . [Marist] started running their action with cross screens on the baseline. We didn't defend it very well. . . . This Marist team doesn't quit. . . . We talked about respecting Marist for 40 minutes. We try to encourage players to stay in the moment defensively." According to Hornbuckle, "We dedicated our time and preparation on knowing that they were a great three-point shooting team. Our team was able to cut down on their penetration which did not allow them to kick it out to open shooters."

3/27   vs. Mississippi          Dayton, OH       (W, 98-62)

The Dayton Regional championship was a family-affair, a meeting between SEC rivals Mississippi and Tennessee. Ole Miss, the 7th seed, upset 2nd-seeded Maryland and 3rd-seeded Oklahoma to get another shot at the Lady Vols. There was no stopping Tennessee on this night, though, as they administered an old-fashioned whuppin' to the Lady Rebs, 98-62. UT shot a blistering 59.4% in the first half and 52.3% for the game, including hitting 8-11 three-point shots. Ole Miss did manage to get 30 points from their All-American, Armintie Price, but Tennessee got 22 from Sidney Spencer to go along with 24 from Candace Parker. When the game was only slightly over a minute old, Shannon Bobbitt had already nailed two three-pointers. She would finish with 14 points and Alberta Auguste added 12. Tennessee won the rebounding battle, 49-31. Parker had 14 boards, while Nicky Anosike grabbed 9 and Auguste and Alex Fuller had 7 each. Coach Summitt commented, "I felt like this was our best game of the tournament, without a doubt. The one thing we talked about was, playing against Marist, we played a great 20 minutes and then we had a lot of lapses in the second half. We are a team that is on a mission to win a national championship, and we need to understand that we can't take possessions off. I really challenged our team and they responded well. Certainly, we established our inside game early and our defensive intensity and our guard play was as strong as it has been. . . . I think we just played basketball tonight. We played with a lot of freedom offensively. I thought we made a lot of good decisions. We had good player movement, ball movement, and we had some great screen action but it was without a doubt our greatest offensive game of the tournament. It's the strongest game that we have played. I told Carol [Ross] that after the game. This team has just gotten better each tournament game."

4/1    vs. North Carolina       Cleveland, OH    (W, 56-50)

If the Ole Miss game was UT's best, their matchup with North Carolina to open the Final Four in Cleveland had to be their worst -- nonetheless, Tennessee emerged victorious, 56-50. The Lady Vols set a record for futility in this game, hitting just 27% of their shots (the lowest ever in an NCAA semifinal game), including 2-15 from three-point range. Their 21 turnovers didn't help either. On the other hand, they managed to steal the ball from the Tar Heels 20 times (the most ever in an NCAA semifinal game) on the way to forcing 29 UNC turnovers. This was key as Tennessee held North Carolins scoreless from the field over the final 8:18, recording a 20-2 run during that span. Coach Summitt said, "Well, obviously to win at this level I think you have to have great defensive pressure and influence. And I thought our defense was the key. And the fact that we played them tough on the boards, I think, what, we outrebounded them by one. And going into the game and we just kept talking about the importance of stopping their transition, making them spend more time in the court to court offense and just rebounding, rebounding, rebounding. And defensively I thought a big key for us was Sidney Spencer's defense on Erlana Larkins. The fact that Erlana, which is their go to player, was 2-4, I think that's a very telling stat. And I give our inside people a lot of credit, as well as our perimeter people for pressuring the basketball. And at the 8 minute mark I basically said, We don't want to go home. They didn't want to go home. And I said, We're not leaving here without a national championship. And I just saw a different I just saw a whole different attitude with this team, the defense, and it started with Alexis and obviously with Shannon in the back court. But it filtered throughout our team." Despite their struggles, Parker scored 14 and pulled down 13 rebounds, Anosike also tallied 14 points, along with 7 rebounds, and Hornbuckle contributed 9 points and 8 boards.

4/3    vs. Rutgers              Cleveland, OH    (W, 59-46)

"Seventh Heaven" the headlines read after the Lady Vols got the job done, beating a game Rutgers team, 59-46, for their 7th National Championship. Again, it was not pretty, as evidenced by a 34.5% shooting mark for the game and the fact that the 59 points by Tennessee was the second-lowest scoring output by a winning team in NCAA championship game history, but Tennessee's experience and grit paid off. "To win anything you have to be a tight team," Coach Summitt said. "They believed in each other and they all had one goal, to be here in Cleveland and cut down the nets. I'm real, real proud of this team." UT outrebounded the Scarlet Knights, 42-34, including 16 grabs by Nicky Anosike, the most ever by a Lady Vol in an NCAA title game and her career-high. Balanced scoring was the order of the day with Candace Parker tallying 17, Shannon Bobbitt 13, Sidney Spencer 11. and Alberta Auguste 10. "Maybe we read the headlines or realized it was a national championship game," Rutgers' Coach Stringer said. "We looked like a deer stuck in headlights." Kia Vaughn had 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead Rutgers. According to Coach Summitt, "Before our game started we talked about the importance of playing defense. And rebounding the basketball. And I've always believed that obviously rebounding wins championships. And today or tonight I think we saw the effort on the board was significant in this win. And our defensive play was obviously a difference maker. We have struggled to knock down shots. We struggle because Rutgers has a fine defensive system. And it was probably two of the best defensive teams in the country going at it. Obviously the boards really separated us out and it was great to see us execute when we had to and be able to take some time off the clock and obviously get to the free throw line and make free throws down the stretch. I am so proud of this basketball team. It's hard for me to put into words what they have meant to me personally, to our coaching staff, to the university, to our fans. They have just been one of the best groups because they decided they wanted to be good in the off season and worked really hard and came together and they have been very, very coachable and we have just grown as a team and obviously our goal all along was to win a national championship. I just felt like they were a team that did not want to be denied and they did what they had to do to make it happen." The 2007 Final Four All-Tournament Team was Candace Parker, UT (Most Outstanding Player); Shannon Bobbitt, UT; Nicky Anosike, UT; Kia Vaughn, Rutgers; Matee Ajavon, Rutgers


2006-07 ROSTER

00  Shannon Bobbitt      G   5-2   Jr      New York, NY (Bergtraum HS/Trinity Valley CC)
 1  Sidney Spencer	 F   6-3   Sr      Hoover, AL (Hoover HS)
 2  Cait McMahan         G   5-4   Fr      Maryville, TN (Heritage HS)
 3  Candace Parker     F-C-G 6-4   So(RS)  Naperville, IL (Naperville Central HS)
10  Elizabeth Curry      G   5-6   Sr      New Virginia, IA (Interstate 35 HS)
13  Dominique Redding	 F   6-1   Sr      Clearwater, FL (Clearwater HS)
14  Alexis Hornbuckle	 G   5-11  Jr      Charleston, WV (South Charleston HS)
33  Alberta Auguste      F   5-11  Jr      Marrero, LA (John Ehret HS/Central Florida CC)
34  Nicci Moats          F   6-2   Fr      Daleville, VA (Lord Botetourt HS)
44  Alex Fuller         F-C  6-3   So(RS)  Shelbyville, TN (Shelbyville Central HS)
55  Nicky Anosike       F-C  6-4   Jr      Staten Island, NY (St. Peter's HS)

Assistant Coaches: Holly Warlick (Tennessee 1981)
                   Nikki Caldwell (Tennessee 1994)
                   Dean Lockwood (Spring Arbor College 1982)


Pittsburgh Sub-Regional:  defeated Drake          76-37
                          defeated Pittsburgh     68-54
Dayton Regional:          defeated Marist         65-46
	                  defeated Mississippi    98-62
Semifinals:  Tennessee 56, North Carolina 50
             Rutgers 59, Louisiana State 35

                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
 5 Carson, Essence..... f  4-11   0-3    0-3    1  5  6   4   8  1  2  0  0  40
21 Zurich, Heather..... f  2-6    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   3   4  0  0  1  1  23
15 Vaughn, Kia......... c  9-15   0-0    2-3    7  3 10   2  20  2  4  1  3  34
10 Prince, Epiphanny... g  0-0    0-0    2-4    1  2  3   4   2  2  4  0  0  26
22 Ajavon, Matee....... g  3-9    2-5    0-0    0  4  4   5   8  1  5  0  1  37
 4 Jernigan, Dee Dee...    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   1
12 Adams, Katie........    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   1
24 McCurdy, Myia.......    1-3    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   3   2  0  2  0  1  17
35 Ray, Brittany.......    0-3    0-2    0-0    1  1  2   0   0  0  0  0  0  15
43 Junaid, Rashidat....    1-2    0-0    0-0    1  2  3   1   2  0  0  1  0   6
   TEAM................                         3  1  4             1
   Totals..............   20-49   2-10   4-10  14 20 34  22  46  6 18  3  6 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 8-21 38.1% 2nd Half: 12-28 42.9% Game: 40.8%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 1-3  33.3% 2nd Half:  1-7  14.3% Game: 20.0%  REBS
F Throw % 1st Half: 1-2  50.0% 2nd Half:  3-8  37.5% Game: 40.0%   3
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
 1 Spencer, Sidney..... f  4-12   1-4    2-2    2  0  2   4  11  2  0  0  0  36
 3 Parker, Candace..... f  5-15   0-0    7-10   2  5  7   3  17  3  2  0  0  39
55 Anosike, Nicky...... c  2-9    0-0    0-5   10  6 16   2   4  2  1  0  1  34
00 Bobbitt, Shannon.... g  4-9    4-8    1-2    2  1  3   1  13  0  1  0  3  32
14 Hornbuckle, Alexis.. g  2-8    0-3    0-0    3  4  7   2   4  1  7  0  2  37
13 Redding, Dominique..    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   1
33 Auguste, Alberta....    3-5    0-0    4-4    4  1  5   1  10  1  0  0  1  15
44 Fuller, Alex........    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  1  0  0   6
   TEAM................                         1  1  2
   Totals..............   20-58   5-15  14-23  24 18 42  13  59  9 12  0  7 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 11-30 36.7% 2nd Half: 9-28 32.1% Game: 34.5%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  2-6  33.3% 2nd Half: 3-9  33.3% Game: 33.3%  REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  5-9  55.6% 2nd Half: 9-14 64.3% Game: 60.9%   3
Score by Periods              1st  2nd   Total
Rutgers....................... 18   28  -   46
Tennessee..................... 29   30  -   59
Officials: Lisa Mattingly, Tina Napier, Michael Price
Technical fouls: Rutgers-None. Tennessee-None.
Attendance: 20,704



RECORD:                OVERALL      HOME        AWAY       NEUTRAL
ALL GAMES...........   (34-3)      (15-1)      (12-1)      (7-1)
CONFERENCE..........   (14-0)      (7-0)       (7-0)       (0-0)
NON-CONFERENCE......   (20-3)      (8-1)       (5-1)       (7-1)

 HOME....................     16  234,845    14,678
 AWAY....................     13  100,548     7,734
 NEUTRAL.................      8   90,798    11,350
 TOTAL...................     37  426,191    11,519


NO. SUMMARY             GP-GS   Min   FG%  3PT%   FT%  R/G  A/G STL BLK PTS/G
 3 Candace Parker...... 36-36  30.6  .529  .333  .716  9.8  2.4  65  92  19.6
 1 Sidney Spencer...... 37-37  28.6  .421  .397  .900  4.2  1.1  40  10  11.6
14 Alexis Hornbuckle... 37-37  30.8  .440  .345  .731  5.1  3.9 113  16  10.2
00 Shannon Bobbitt..... 36-36  25.9  .370  .413  .790  1.6  2.7  52   0   8.7
55 Nicky Anosike....... 37-36  27.1  .427  .000  .600  6.2  1.6  49  41   7.5
44 Alex Fuller......... 37-1   19.8  .497  .366  .776  4.1  0.9  30  14   6.0
33 Alberta Auguste..... 37-0   15.8  .434  .238  .671  2.3  1.4  54  11   5.0
13 Dominique Redding... 33-1   10.0  .364  .273  .813  1.4  0.2   6   3   3.5
 2 Cait McMahan........ 35-1   13.7  .327  .257  .444  1.2  1.3  24   3   2.4
34 Nicci Moats.........  9-0    4.2  .286  .000  .300  0.9  0.0   2   4   0.8
10 Elizabeth Curry..... 14-0    2.1  .200  .000  .667  0.0  0.0   1   0   0.4
   Total............... 37           .441  .364  .707 38.4 15.4 436 194  73.6
   Opponents........... 37           .387  .305  .703 33.9 12.3 292 104  55.5

SCORING              GP   FG-FGA   FG%  3FG-FGA  3PT%   FT-FTA   FT%   PTS PTS/G
Candace Parker...... 36  267-505  .529    6-18   .333  166-232  .716   706 19.6
Sidney Spencer...... 37  157-373  .421   62-156  .397   54-60   .900   430 11.6
Alexis Hornbuckle... 37  150-341  .440   29-84   .345   49-67   .731   378 10.2
Shannon Bobbitt..... 36   98-265  .370   69-167  .413   49-62   .790   314  8.7
Nicky Anosike....... 37  100-234  .427    0-0    .000   78-130  .600   278  7.5
Alex Fuller......... 37   81-163  .497   15-41   .366   45-58   .776   222  6.0
Alberta Auguste..... 37   62-143  .434    5-21   .238   55-82   .671   184  5.0
Dominique Redding... 33   44-121  .364   15-55   .273   13-16   .813   116  3.5
Cait McMahan........ 35   33-101  .327    9-35   .257    8-18   .444    83  2.4
Nicci Moats.........  9    2-7    .286    0-0    .000    3-10   .300     7  0.8
Elizabeth Curry..... 14    1-5    .200    0-0    .000    4-6    .667     6  0.4
Total............... 37  995-2258 .441  210-577  .364  524-741  .707  2724 73.6
Opponents........... 37  762-1969 .387  143-469  .305  388-552  .703  2055 55.5

TOTALS               GP   MIN  OFF  DEF  TOT   PF  FO    A   TO  A/TO  HI
Candace Parker...... 36  1101   92  260  352   73   0   88   89   1.0  32
Sidney Spencer...... 37  1060   79   77  156   81   1   39   58   0.7  26
Alexis Hornbuckle... 37  1138   71  119  190   92   1  146  100   1.5  29
Shannon Bobbitt..... 36   931   18   38   56   47   0   97   68   1.4  20
Nicky Anosike....... 37  1001  113  116  229  104   6   60   72   0.8  15
Alex Fuller......... 37   734   62   91  153   60   0   33   35   0.9  14
Alberta Auguste..... 37   585   42   43   85   50   0   51   70   0.7  13
Dominique Redding... 33   329   20   27   47   23   0    8   26   0.3  13
Cait McMahan........ 35   479    5   37   42   53   1   47   36   1.3   7
Nicci Moats.........  9    38    3    5    8   10   0    0    5   0.0   4
Elizabeth Curry..... 14    29    0    0    0    0   0    0    4   0.0   2
Total............... 37  7425  557  864 1421  593   9  569  571   1.0 102
Opponents........... 37  7425  426  829 1255  677   -  455  814   0.6  74

TEAM STATISTICS                          UT          OPP
SCORING.......................         2724         2055
  Points per game.............         73.6         55.5
  Scoring margin..............        +18.1            -
FIELD GOALS-ATT...............     995-2258     762-1969
  Field goal pct..............         .441         .387
3 POINT FG-ATT................      210-577      143-469
  3-point FG pct..............         .364         .305
  3-pt FG made per game.......          5.7          3.9
FREE THROWS-ATT...............      524-741      388-552
  Free throw pct..............         .707         .703
REBOUNDS......................         1421         1255
  Rebounds per game...........         38.4         33.9
  Rebounding margin...........         +4.5            -
ASSISTS.......................          569          455
  Assists per game............         15.4         12.3
TURNOVERS.....................          571          814
  Turnovers per game..........         15.4         22.0
  Turnover margin.............         +6.6            -
  Assist/turnover ratio.......          1.0          0.6
STEALS........................          436          292
  Steals per game.............         11.8          7.9
BLOCKS........................          194          104
  Blocks per game.............          5.2          2.8
WINNING STREAK................            6            -
  Home win streak.............            5            -


              1st  2nd  OT     Total
------------ ---- ---- ----     ----
Team........ 1321 1390   13  -  2724
Opponents...  903 1146    6  -  2055


1997-98 SCHEDULE

11/12/06   CHATTANOOGA          W   102-72    12,022  (19) Hornbuckle    (5) Fuller
11/16/06   UCLA                 W    83-60    11,882  (22) Parker        (7) Anosike
11/19/06   at Arizona State     W    83-74     8,918  (25) Parker       (10) Parker
11/24/06   STANFORD             W    77-60    15,491  (25) Parker        (9) Parker
11/26/06   MIDDLE TENNESSEE     W    88-64    12,363  (16) Parker        (9) Parker
                                                      (16) Spencer
11/28/06   at La. Tech          W    71-50     6,348  (13) Redding       (8) Parker
                                                                         (8) Hornbuckle
12/03/06   at North Carolina      L  57-70     8,010  (27) Parker       (10) Parker
12/05/06   TENNESSEE-MARTIN     W    85-29    11,167  (17) Parker       (11) Parker
12/07/06   GEORGE WASHINGTON    W    85-62    10,944  (21) Spencer      (11) Anosike
12/17/06   at Texas             W    67-46     7,522  (15) Spencer      (12) Parker
12/20/06   WEST VIRGINIA        W    66-51    12,411  (19) Parker       (10) Parker
12/22/06   at Old Dominion      W    75-59     7,108  (32) Parker       (10) Parker
12/30/06   NOTRE DAME           W    78-54    19,092  (22) Parker       (10) Parker
01/03/07 * ALABAMA              W    72-36    11,966  (15) Parker        (6) Fuller
01/06/07   at Connecticut       W    70-64    16,294  (30) Parker       (12) Parker
01/11/07 * at Florida           W    80-58     2,203  (21) Spencer       (9) Hornbuckle
                                                                         (9) Parker
01/14/07 * at Georgia           W    52-41    10,523  (14) Hornbuckle    (8) Fuller
                                                      (14) Anosike
01/18/07 * MISSISSIPPI ST.      W    73-44    14,881  (18) Spencer      (10) Anosike
01/22/07   DUKE                   L  70-74    21,118  (22) Parker       (10) Anosike
                                                                        (10) Parker
01/25/07 * at Vanderbilt        W    67-57    12,009  (26) Spencer      (11) Parker
01/28/07 * at Alabama           W    80-51     4,601  (20) Bobbitt       (8) Parker
02/01/07 * SOUTH CAROLINA       W    72-36    11,989  (13) Parker       (12) Parker
                                                      (13) Bobbitt
02/05/07 * GEORGIA              W    73-57    13,475  (22) Parker       (11) Parker
02/08/07 * at Auburn            W    72-62     4,128  (25) Parker       (11) Parker
02/11/07 * KENTUCKY             W    84-62    18,952  (31) Parker        (9) Parker
02/15/07 * OLE MISS             W    81-69    12,841  (25) Parker       (10) Parker
02/19/07 * at LSU               W    56-51     9,146  (27) Parker       (13) Parker
02/22/07 * at Arkansas          WOT  75-68     3,738  (29) Parker       (17) Parker
02/25/07 * VANDERBILT           W    73-53    24,251  (21) Parker       (14) Parker
03/02/07 # vs South Carolina    W    81-63     6,628  (22) Spencer      (11) Parker
03/03/07 # vs LSU                 L  54-63    10,142  (29) Hornbuckle    (9) Hornbuckle
03/18/07   vs Drake             W    76-37     6,601  (14) Hornbuckle    (6) Auguste
                                                                         (6) Parker
03/20/07   vs Pittsburgh        W    68-54     8,791  (30) Parker       (12) Parker
03/25/07   vs Marist            W    65-46     9,023  (16) Parker        (9) Parker
03/27/07   vs Ole Miss          W    98-62     8,205  (24) Parker       (14) Parker
04/01/07   vs North Carolina    W    56-50    20,704  (14) Parker       (13) Parker
                                                      (14) Anosike
04/03/07   vs Rutgers           W    59-46    20,704  (17) Parker       (16) Anosike

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