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The Lady Vols' ended the 2007-08 season just as they began it -- as National Champions. Fittingly, the two teams that beat them during the season were the two teams Tennessee beat in the Final Four for the championship -- LSU and Stanford. Once again the team was paced by redshirt junior Candace Parker, who won numerous national player of the year awards. With Parker deciding not to return for her last year of eligibility, UT put five seniors on the floor to start each game in the NCAA Tournament. As the season began, sophomore Cait McMahan and frosh Kelley Cain were both redshirted to recover from injuries. This left but four players to provide bench support for the seniors -- redshirt junior Alex Fuller and frosh Angie Bjorklund, a starter most of the season, Vicki Baugh, and Sydney Smallbone. It was enough, as team defense became the rallying cry and the team's trademark. All the "experts" picked anyone but Tennessee to win the title this year, which led coach Summitt to comment, "I mean, that just really fired them up, and it was probably the best thing that could happen to us . . . because it wasn't like they felt pressure to win. They just had a little chip on their shoulder and they said, 'we're not leaving out here without a championship.'" On the day after the championship game, all five seniors were chosen in the WNBA draft -- Parker (the #1 pick), Alexis Hornbuckle (4th), Shannon Bobbitt (15th), Nicky Anosike (16th), and Alberta Auguste (35th).
11/4 USA WOMEN'S SR NAT'L TEAM (Exh) (72-83) [click on score for game stats]
The top-ranked Lady Vol basketball team lost to the USA National Team in their season-opening exhibition game, 83-72. Tennessee was led by Candace Parker's 22 points. Parker was held to just 4 points at halftime but got on track in the second half. A pair of freshman shooters, Angie Bjorklund and Sydney Smallbone, led the UT scoring in the first half, each contributing eight points. For the game Bjorklund finished with 13. The USA Team had beaten Maryland, 90-73, and UConn, 90-74, earlier in the week. Team USA was led by Diana Taurasi's game high 28 points. Lisa Leslie added 14 points, 10 rebounds and five assists for the national team, Sue Bird had 11 points and Seimone Augustus added 10 points. Trailing 73-61 with 5:44 to go Tennessee went on a 9-0 run, in which Shannon Bobbitt hit a pair of three pointers, to cut the lead to three points, 73-70. It was the closest UT would get. Coach Summitt said, "I don't like to lose. It was not a moral victory. We lost. I'm proud how we battled. Where we were with three minutes to go is a testament to how hard we played. We'll go back to the drawing board. There were some possessions that we messed up. It could easily have been a different story." "Our board play has got to pick up," Summitt insisted. "We talked about this a year ago. We're talking about it the first exhibition game."
11/6 CARSON-NEWMAN (Exh) (91-30)
The Lady Vols defeated Carson-Newman, 91-30, in their second exhibition game. Freshman Angie Bjorklund was the leading scorer, tallying 26 points, including 6-10 3-pointers. Tennessee gave extended playing time to the frosh on the roster in this tune-up for the regular season. Vicki Baugh had 11 points, 10 rebounds, and 6 assists. Kelley Cain scored 11 also and pulled down 12 rebounds. Junior Alex Fuller had 17 points with 3-6 3-point shooting.
11/11 UT-CHATTANOOGA (W, 76-56)
No. 1 ranked Tennessee won its eighth straight season-opener by defeating Chattanooga 76-56. After posting a scant four point lead at halftime, the Lady Vols broke the game open in the second half with suffocating defensive pressure that led to transition buckets. Candace Parker led UT with 23 points, 7 rebounds, 3 blocks, and 5 steals. Shannon Bobbitt also had 5 steals. Nicky Anosike contributed 10 boards and 9 points. Freshman Vicki Baugh finished with 11 points, and fellow frosh Angie Bjorklund had 8. Of Baugh, Coach Summitt said, "There's such a great upside to her game because you never have to coach effort with her." The Lady Vols owned a narrow rebound margin, 39-34 but took advantage of 32 Lady Moc turnovers for their 16th straight victory over their sister school from Chattanooga, despite UTC converting 8 of 22 three-point attempts.
11/15 vs. Oklahoma at Tampa, FL (W, 70-67)
The long-awaited matchup between 9th-ranked Oklahoma and No. 1 Tennessee, featuring their respective All-American stars, Courtney Paris and Candace Parker, lived up to its advance billing, but the smallest player on the court, UT's Shannon Bobbitt, made the biggest impact as Tennessee turned up the defensive heat in the final half-minute to pull out a 70-67 victory in Tampa, Florida. The Lady Vols' diminutive point guard knocked down 6-10 3-point shots on the way to recording a career-high 27 points. Oklahoma put a lot of effort into guarding Parker, who still managed 28 points and 15 rebounds, but Bobbitt made them pay for laying off her. "I just took what the defense gave me," Bobbitt said. "They definitely crowded Candace, and Candace did a great job of finding me. My teammates did a great job and I just had to knock down the shots." The rest of the Tennessee team managed only 5-23 shooting. Coach Summitt said, "We had to go with our veterans. Our freshmen played like freshmen, but that's OK. They're going to get better. With the schedule we have, they don't have any choice." In a losing cause, Courtney Paris tallied 21 points and 16 rebounds, for her umpteenth consecutive double-double. As Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale remarked, "It was a pretty good basketball game for the second week of the season."
11/18 TEXAS (W, 92-67)
On the day the top-ranked Lady Vols raised their 7th National Championship banner, they took down the No. 21 Longhorns from Texas, 92-67. Candace Parker netted 21 points, including Tennessee's first 11, and corralled 6 rebounds, while Alex Fuller had an almost perfect offensive game, going 7-8 from the floor, including 2-2 on 3-point shots, and 2-2 at the free throw line. Fuller finished with 18 points and four rebounds. The Lady Vols were dominant inside, grabbing steals and forcing turnovers. They scored 42 points in the paint and 40 points off turnovers and nabbed 18 steals. "The first half was our best defensive effort of the year by far," Coach Summitt said. Alexis Hornbuckle contributed 13 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds. "Alexis' defense was terrific," Summitt said. "I thought she was the one player that just disrupted so much of what they wanted to do offensively." Frosh starter Angie Bjorklund tallied 16 points before fouling out with 7:50 left in the game. Texas never led and committed 30 turnovers. For the Longhorns, Brittainey Raven finished with 18 points, Kathleen Nash had 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds and Carla Cortijo added 12 points.
11/21 at West Virginia (W, 67-49)
The top-ranked Lady Vols rolled to a 67-49 win over No. 16 West Virginia in Charleston, West Virginia, as Alexis Hornbuckle returned to the site where she won four state titles in high school. Candace Parker led the way for UT, scoring a season-high 29 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. In her homecoming game, Hornbuckle tallied 12 points, including her 1,000th career point, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals. She joined Chamique Holdsclaw as the only other Lady Vol with at least 1,000 points, 550 rebounds, 375 assists and 275 steals for her career. Senior Nicky Anosike worked a highly effective high-low game with Parker early. Anosike, in the high post, repeatedly got the ball and fed Parker in stride for lay ups and open shots. For the game, Anosike contributed 10 points, 8 rebounds, 6 steals, 5 assists and 2 blocked shots. "With Candace we wanted to work the high-low against the zone and I thought Nicky [Anosike] and Alex [Fuller] did a good job of getting the ball down to her," Coach Summit said. "You have to give her teammates a lot of credit. They are unselfish, they play well together and they understand the role she plays for our basketball team. It's very difficult to defend her and to do it you're going to have to double team and she does a great job of throwing out of double teams." Summitt concluded, "Obviously, I am really proud of the intensity that our basketball team played with tonight, on the defensive end and on the boards. I am always preaching that you have to pack your defense and board play every time that you play this game."
11/26 LOUISIANA TECH (W, 81-60)
Traditional rival Louisiana Tech came calling to Thompson-Boling Arena and left holding the short end of an 81-60 score. The Lady Techsters ain't what they used to be. Tennessee's starters ran out out to a 48-20 lead in the first 15 minutes on 60% field-goal shooting, including 9-for-10 accuracy on 3-pointers. "If they're going to shoot 9-for-10 from 3, they'll beat anybody in the country," Tech coach Chris Long said. Meanwhile, in the paint, Nicky Anosike contributed 6-for-6 accuracy and 13 points. The starters soon gave way to the reserves, who held their own in the first half, extending UT's lead to as much as 33 points before halftime. The bench couldn't maintain the shooting pace in the second half, though, but logged valuable minutes of playing time, nonetheless. Coach Summitt said, "They have to understand their role of efficiency and being able to maybe do a better job of moving the basketball and, obviously, being able to knock down shots." Summitt wryly pondered freshman Vicki Baugh's 3-for-12 shooting accuracy and her team-high 16 rebounds. "I asked her how many of those were her own shots," Summitt said. "We'll have to count them on the tape." Baugh's potential was evident, though, demonstrated by 4 blocked shots and 4 assists alongside her rebounds. "The energy level she plays at, sometimes she's not always as efficient on the offensive end," Summitt said. "Once she settles down and doesn't rush shots, she's going to be much more efficient for us." While Tennessee was shooting well in the opening 20 minutes, Louisiana Tech struggled from the field, making only 9-of-34 first half field goals. Senior forward JoKeirra Sneed was a bright spot for the Lady Techsters. Sneed battled the much taller Lady Vol posts all night and ended with 15 points, a career-high 18 rebounds, 4 steals and 3 blocked shots.
12/2 NORTH CAROLINA (W, 83-79)
No. 1 Tennessee welcomed No. 4 North Carolina to Thompson-Boling Arena, and the teams gave 16,845 fans a championship-calibre game that went down to the wire. Alexis Hornbuckle calmly converted 2 free throws with 13.8 seconds left to put UT up 81-78. UNC then brought the ball up for a 3-point heave by Rebecca Gray which went awry, apparently because she was fouled by Hornbuckle with 5 seconds remaining in the game. Gray hit the first free toss and missed her second, leading her to deliberately miss her third attempt. Unfortunately for the Heels, the intentional miss missed everything, which gave the ball to Tennessee out of bounds. The Lady Vols successfully inbounded the ball to Hornbuckle, who added one more layup to put the cap on an 83-79 victory. "I'm really pleased with our toughness down the stretch," coach Summitt said. Hornbuckle finished with 25 points, while Candace Parker contributed 21 points and 16 rebounds and Shannon Bobbitt added 10 points. Tennessee built double-digit leads in both halves, culminating in their biggest lead, 74-61, with 6:28 left, but Carolina never quit. UNC got 22 points from Erlana Larkins and 19 from Rashanda McCants. A huge 57-39 Tar Heel rebounding advantage was topped off by Larkins' 15 boards. North Carolina dominated in the paint, scoring 62 points under the basket and 28 second-chance points. Coach Summitt observed, "We had 13 offensive rebounds. When you're shooting 43 percent, you have to have more than that, . . . we have to have more people committed to rebounding."
12/5 OLD DOMINION (W, 83-51)
Frosh Angie Bjorklund tallied 19 points and Candace Parker scored 14 as No. 1 Tennessee beat No. 24 Old Dominion, 83-51. Nicky Anosike added 13 points and 7 rebounds for the Lady Vols, while Tiffany Green scored 14 points to lead the Lady Monarchs, who played without leading scorer T.J. Jordan. "I went in focused on defensive rebounding," Bjorklund said. "The offense just came." Bjorklund set career highs with 19 points, 8 rebounds, 4 steals, and 3 assists. Tennessee had a 45-35 rebounding advantage, with every Lady Vol contributing at least one board. "After the last game, we had a statement to make: We can rebound," said frosh Vicki Baugh. "We have to start now. We're going to need it later." Baugh grabbed six rebounds herself but fouled out after only 9 minutes of action. On the other hand, every player contributed at least one turnover to the season-high total of 23. "We didn't start out with a good rhythm on offense," coach Summitt said. "We weren't playing well together. The ball got stuck in people's hands. We tried to force some high-low. Once we started reversing the ball, we opened up more options."
12/13 MIDDLE TENNESSEE ST. (W, 84-61)
Returning to action after a break for final exams, the Lady Vols resumed their winning ways with an 84-61 victory over Middle Tennessee State. Tennessee was led by Candace Parker's 34 points, 17 of which came from the foul line, and 13 rebounds. Alexis Hornbuckle contributed 17 points, and Alex Fuller knocked down 16, coming off the bench, while grabbing 7 rebounds. The Lady Raiders got a sterling effort from Amber Holt, who posted 28 points, 5 assists, and 4 rebounds. It was a foul-filled affair with UT going to the line 37 times, converting 28. MTSU coach Rick Insell said, "We're very aggressive; we do foul. Hey, they knocked down their free throws. They probably deserved more opportunities, to be honest." Tennessee posted a 47-26 rebounding advantage, and coach Summitt said, "We had a good effort. Considering the size advantage that we had, I would have been disappointed if we didn't have that advantage. From a defensive standpoint, we did better."
12/16 GONZAGA (W, 96-73)
Lady Vol fans were treated to a sister act as Tennessee cruised past Gonzaga, 96-73. UT frosh Angie Bjorklund netted 23 points, including 7 threes, which ties Shanna Zolman's team record, while her sister Jami, a junior at Gonzaga, tallied 19 for the Bulldogs. Coach Summitt said, "I was interested to see what she [Angie] would do with the defensive assignment of guarding Jami. I asked the staff, 'Do you think this is a good idea?' I asked Angie, and she said it would be like playing at home. That tells me a lot about her emotional attitude. She was very composed. She shot extremely well. She had seven three-pointers and needed just one more for the school record. I put her back in the game to try to get the record. She had five looks. She told Jami that she needed one more three for the record, and Jami said, 'You're not going to touch the ball.' That's typical sisters." For Tennessee, Shannon Bobbitt, wearing seven stitches in her forehead from an encounter in the last game, dished out a career-high 13 assists, and Nicky Anoskie contributed 14 points and 11 rebounds.
12/19 at UCLA (W, 82-70)
A slow start made the game interesting but was not enough to derail the top-ranked Lady Vols as they visited Pauley Pavilion and came away with an 82-70 victory over the UCLA Bruins. "I don't think we brought the intensity," coach Summitt observed. "UCLA can spread you out and take you off the dribble. We didn't defend penetration and we didn't do a good job on the boards. We didn't have the energy. We regrouped at halftime. Probably one of the biggest adjustments was to go inside, get paint points." California native Vicki Baugh had a big night going off the bench until she took a hard blow to the nose with 14:15 left in the game and was unable to continue. Coach Summitt said, "She did a lot of good things for us." The frosh scored 11 points on 5-6 shooting, grabbed 5 rebounds, and made 2 steals in her 13 minutes of action. Candace Parker led UT with 17 points, while Shannon Bobbitt tallied 16 points, hitting 3-4 three-pointers, and Alexis Hornbuckle contributed 12 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists.
12/22 at Stanford (L, 69-73 OT)
To conclude the 2007 portion of their season, the top-ranked Lady Vols traveled to Maples Pavilion to encounter the 4th-ranked Stanford Cardinal. Unfortunately, the Lady Vols' 11-game winning streak over the Cardinal came to an end with an overtime defeat, 73-69. Stanford shot 32 free throws to Tennessee's 10 and had a 17 point advantage at the line. Coach Summitt felt Candace Parker got beat up and didn't get enough calls from the officials, going to the line only 6 times. "I'm going to take my time and watch every possession," Summitt said. "This happens to her all the time. That comes with being the best player in the game. At some point in time, it doesn't quite seem appropriate." The Lady Vols had chances to win and led by 6 at the half, but apparently, the law of averages caught up with them, having had Stanford's number in some very close games over the last 11 years.
1/2 at DePaul (W, 102-68)
To open the new year, the Lady Vols traveled to Candace Parker's hometown of Chicago to take on DePaul in front of a large contingent of Parker family and friends. One problem -- Candace missed curfew and thus had to sit out the first half. "I apologized to my teammates, my coaches, my family and friends and Chicago in general for not being able to play in the first half," Parker said. "Coach is very strict on discipline and I broke the rules so I suffered the consequences." Coach Summitt said, "I wanted to start her. With our rules we have to be consistent. I'm glad people got to see her play." The good news was that Parker really wasn't missed all that much as Tennessee posted a 102-68 victory. Alex Fuller proved a capable replacement, scoring a career-high 19 points and hitting all 8 of her first half shots. Fuller also grabbed 7 rebounds. Nicky Anosike tallied a season-high 17 points and added 9 rebounds. Alexis Hornbuckle contributed 16 points, 6 assists, 4 rebounds, and 3 steals. "I was really pleased with our effort tonight," Summitt said. "I think this team responded after coming off a loss at Stanford. We had some great workouts and they took ownership. . . . I think at times we've played in spurts and tonight I thought we showed great consistency and discipline from everyone on both ends of the floor."
1/5 at Notre Dame (W, 87-63)
Angie Bjorklund drained seven three-pointers, tying her own school record, to help the No. 3 Lady Vols get off to a fast start in posting an 87-63 victory over No. 14 Notre Dame before a capacity crowd in South Bend, Indiana. Candace Parker added 20 points and 8 rebounds, while Alberta Auguste recorded season highs in points (9) and rebounds (7). Tennessee shot an even 50% for the day (33-66), including 11-20 on 3-pointers (55%). "I think our loss to Stanford got our attention," coach Summitt said. "I think our team had been a team that would come out and play hard and play well in spurts. But in terms of consistency and sense of urgency, I did not think we had played that way until DePaul. I thought DePaul we had 40 minutes of intensity. I thought we had the intensity here today."
1/10 AUBURN* (W, 85-52)
Tennessee opened the SEC portion of the schedule with a commanding 85-52 win over 20th-ranked Auburn. Nicky Anosike scored a career-high 20 points, and added 12 rebounds, 5 steals, 4 assists and 2 blocks. Coach Summitt said, Anosike "was very active. On offense, she was running and brought composure. She was able to freeze them on defense. There were times early on this season that she was rushing and trying to create things. Now, she's playing with a lot of composure." The Lady Vols set the tone for the game on the defensive end. Coach Summitt observed that "In terms of having an aggressive mindset on the defensive end, we had greater support. It goes back to practice. If we don't reach specific goals in practice, they have to run. It makes a difference. That's where it starts. I told our staff and I've challenged myself that we've got to raise the bar for this team. They are expected to compete in every possession." Candace Parker contributed 18 points, 11 boards, 3 blocks, and 3 steals. Alexis Hornbuckle had 6 assists, while Sydney Smallbone connected on 3-4 3-pointers for 9 points. Auburn was led by DeWanna Bonner's 19 points. Point guard Whitney Boddie missed the game for academic reasons and was replaced by freshman Alli Smalley, who had nine turnovers. Auburn coach Nell Fortner remarked, "That was a long forty-minute game."
1/13 at South Carolina* (W, 71-48)
Despite being outrebounded 41-33 and not shooting as accurately as they have in recent games, the No. 2 Lady Vols came away with a 71-48 road victory over South Carolina. Shannon Bobbitt led the way with 20 points, and Candace Parker added 15. Coach Summitt said, "I thought that we played well in spurts. Early we didn't get into a good rhythm, and it showed. We were jump-shooting the basketball. In the second half we did a much better job of getting our inside game going. Our defensive intensity was good, but our rebounding was sub-par." Tennessee's first half field goal percentage (36.4%) was its worst of the season but defense carried the day. South Carolina's first four possessions were turnovers, and the Gamecocks had 11 turnovers before Tennessee had one. Bobbitt remarked, "We know defense is the priority. We just had to show it for 40 minutes, and I think we did a pretty good job of stopping them." The Lady Vols used an aggressive full-court press with Candace Parker and Nicky Anosike often hounding the much smaller USC guards. "Both of them can play effectively in our press," observed coach Summitt. "When they do, it's hard to throw over them. You almost have to look to beat them off the dribble."
1/17 at Kentucky* (W, 65-40)
Despite a lackluster start which saw Tennessee net only 27 first-half points, its fewest of the season, the No. 2 Lady Vols came away with a 65-40 victory over Kentucky in Lexington. Candace Parker led the second-half charge, hitting 7 of her 10 field goals after the break on the way to 23 points for the game. Parker also grabbed 7 rebounds, the lone bright spot as UT was outrebounded, 36-28. "I'm not convinced that we were persistent in going to the boards hard. Sometimes we stand around and watch Candace Parker play and rebound," coach Summitt said. "That's something we have to get better effort out of, across the board." Tennessee only had 4 assists for the entire game. Assessing the game, coach Summitt observed, "Obviously we struggled a little bit in the first half. I thought Kentucky did a great job of dictating tempo early. Our board play wasn't there tonight and we didn't shoot the ball particularly well early. At halftime, we really just tried to adjust in terms of extending our defense more and playing at a faster tempo. We favor up-tempo and shot the ball better because we were able to quicken the tempo."
1/20 VANDERBILT* (W, 79-63)
Candace Parker netted 19 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as No. 2 Tennessee beat Vanderbilt, 79-63, before 19,666 fans in Thompson-Boling Arena, the biggest crowd to see a women's basketball game this season. Shannon Bobbitt contributeded 14 points for the Lady Vols while Alexis Hornbuckle and Alex Fuller each had 10. Coach Summitt said, "Obviously, our team did some good things today. Our scouting report defense could get better. [Christina] Wirth got a lot of touches. . . . For the most part, I was pleased with our intensity on defense. . . . I thought we had good energy as a team. Candace has picked up her intensity at both ends of the court. Today, she had a presence at both ends. When she plays hard, it elevates our intensity as a team. Today, she brought a lot of intensity and energy. When you get that from your best player, it has an impact on the team." Tennessee forced 24 turnovers and had 12 steals. They scored 29 points off turnovers. According to coach Summitt, "Anytime you can open up and extend your defense, that is good. We want to press as much as possible. It allows us to set the tempo of the game and forces us to stay aggressive. It carries over to our offense. The team wants to do it. . . . This team is good in the open court. Shannon and Alexis push tempo and distribute the ball. We'll press every game--how much depends on how the game is going."
1/24 ARKANSAS* (W, 98-55)
Coach Summitt recently urged Angie Bjorklund to shoot, if she wished to continue starting. Bjorklund got the message, shooting 20 times on the way to netting a season-high 29 points in the Lady Vols' 98-55 victory over Arkansas. In the process, she tied the Lady Vols record for 3-pointers made in a game for the third time this season, hitting 7-of-16. According to coach Summitt, "We talked before the game that Angie has to hunt her shots all the time. There's a reason that she's in the lineup. She's a very efficient offensive player. She has to work as hard to get open as she does to defend. Her teammates are always looking for her. It takes the pressure off of our offense and opens up our inside game. . . . We don't look for her to take 20 shots every night. She has to hunt for her shot, she can't stand around. . . . She is moving better without the basketball. Her teammates are looking for her; this is a very unselfish team." Candace Parker, who posted a season-high six assists, remarked, "I tell Angie all the time, that when she is hitting, that makes my life easier . . . and I'm sure Pat sleeps easier at night." Despite missing Alexis Hornbuckle, due to medical testing, and having Vicki Baugh sit out the second half with a stomach ailment, UT had 4 scorers in double-figures and tied the school record for 3-pointers in a game with 13. Sydney Smallbone contributed a season-high 12 points, hitting 4 three-point shots. Tennessee won the battle on the boards, 48-31, with Nicky Anosike grabbing 11 and Alberta Auguste 8. Auguste, Hornbuckle's replacement, shot 1 for 14 from the floor. Coach Summitt said, "First of all, I was encouraged by our overall intensity, particularly playing without Alexis Hornbuckle. Alberta didn't shoot well, but she rebounded and played defense. Overall, we made an effort to work on our man-to-man defense and our 3-2 and match-up zones, and we maintained intensity."
1/28 at Duke (W, 67-64)
Finally, the No. 2 Lady Vols got the Duke monkey off their backs with a 67-64 victory over the No. 9 Blue Devils in Durham, NC. "Going 0-3 against Duke the past three years was no fun," Alexis Hornbuckle said, "so we wanted to come out our senior year and make a difference." Candace Parker led Tennessee with 17 points, including the game-winner, and 12 rebounds. Angie Bjorklund netted 13 points and Shannon Bobbitt contributed 11 for the Lady Vols. UT had a season-high tying 23 turnovers and shot a meager 40% for the game, but they won the battle of the boards, 40-29. Coach Summitt said, "Well obviously, this is a big road win for us. Especially when we had a lot of turnovers and such, but we really stepped up our intensity and did a good job with the high-low game, a better job on the boards, which I thought was going to be a deciding factor if we could keep them off of the offensive boards, and I was really pleased with how we did on the defensive boards. I thought that was probably a key for us, and then just coming up with big plays down the stretch. I'm really proud of this team, because we knew it would be a tough game, a great challenge for us, and I just like the way we answered that challenge in the second half." An incident worthy of note, especially considering the final margin, was Bjorklund falling for the old fake-shot-clock-countdown routine by the Cameron Crazies. Her "desperation" 3-point shot went -- swish!
1/31 at Ole Miss* (W, 68-44)
The Lady Vols traveled to Oxford, Mississippi to take on the Ole Miss Lady Rebels, a less formidable opponent than a year ago, largely due to the graduation of All-American Armintie price. The UT starters jumped out to a 39-13 halftime lead. Consequently, the bench got a lot of playing time -- with every player logging at least 20 minutes -- on the way to a 68-44 victory. Coach Summitt said, "It's more about us right now. We've got to get better. I thought our starters got us off to a great start. It [substituting freely] was something I wanted to do going into this game if we could open it up." Sydney Smallbone led the team in assists with 4, and Vicki Baugh gathered in the most rebounds (9). Alex Fuller tallied 11 points, joining Shannon Bobbitt (14) and Candace Parker (13) as double-digit scorers. Alexis Hornbuckle contributed 4 steals and 6 rebounds, while Nicky Anosike had 3 blocks and 7 rebounds. The Rebels' first half points (13) and field-goal percentage (20.7%) were season lows for a UT opponent. "They're big; they're athletic," remarked Ole Miss coach Renee Ladner. "And if you get past the first line of defense, they have anothe
2/3 KENTUCKY* (W, 79-51)
Candace Parker recorded her first dunk of the season as the Lady Vols overcame a disappointingly slow start to handle Kentucky, 79-51, in Knoxville. Coach Summitt said, "Obviously it was a game of two different halves. At halftime I said we weren't rebounding at all. In the lockerroom I said we go as Candace Parker and Alexis Hornbuckle go. They have to bring intensity from the opening tip to the last possession. We saw what happens when they do that. They set the tempo and are the example. Nicky Anosike is doing a good job. Shannon Bobbitt picked up the tempo and pushed transition in the second half. I look at our play off of the bench, Alberta Auguste is committed at both ends of the court. We are a better team when she is on the court. We picked it up in the second half." Parker was the leading scoreer with 20 points, while Vicki Baugh came off the bench to pull down 10 rebounds. Kentucky shot 47.4% from the field -- which ties UCLA as the best shooting percentage of any UT opponent this season. On the other hand, the Wildcats had 36 turnovers, effectively negating their good shooting.
2/8 at Mississippi State* (W, 87-69)
At halftime Mississippi State led Tennessee, 40-33, the first time the Lady Vols had trailed at halftime since last season's SEC tournament. Coach Summitt woke the team up in the locker room, though, and the end result was an 87-69 victory. Summitt said, "I thought our defense was water, they went right through it. We've built our program on defensive board play and we just had a lot of breakdowns, and weren't rebounding as well as we needed to. I didn't think our starters were lacking intensity though, we just didn't shoot the ball well, and sometimes that will carry over into your defense. Plus, I just thought Mississippi State played the best I've seen." Coach was particularly unhappy with the play of her bench. "Our bench did not play well tonight, with the exception of Alberta [Auguste]. I think they understand that I was frustrated because I couldn't take our starters out. . . . It's unacceptable from our bench and they're going to have to learn," coach Summitt said. "Obviously I was sending them a pretty strong message. We can't win in the postseason without strong play from our bench." The biggest news after the game, though, was the condition of Candace Parker's knee, which she hyper-extended with 3:09 left. She was only in the game at that point because the bench players did not deliver. UT also suffered injuries to Angie Bjorklund, a broken nose, and Auguste, who aggravated the left biceps injury she incurred in practice last week. A win is a win, though, despite Alexis Rack logging a career-high 32 points off the bench for the Bulldogs.
2/11 RUTGERS (W, 59-58)
It wasn't pretty -- games with Rutgers never are. Nonetheless, Nicky Anosike sank two free throws with 0.2 of a second left and No. 1 Tennessee nipped No. 5 Rutgers, 59-58. The losing team, of course, was flabbergasted and maintained that the "clock froze." Arena manager Tim Reese explained that Tennessee uses the Precision Timing Device similar to all major conferences. Reese said the game clock can only be stopped by the official, who blows his whistle and thus sends a wireless signal to the scorer's table to automatically stop the clock. Coach Summitt said, "I'm not sure how we managed to win. Statistically, what I was proud of, was that we were able to keep ourselves in the game, even though midway through the second half we were 1-of-15 from the floor. You're not going to win many games shooting that way unless you take care of the ball. We kept our turnovers down. Nicky Anosike struggled all night . . . And then she made both of those free throws. Rutgers did a tremendous job. They are so good off the dribble and in their halfcourt offense. Their shot selection was more impressive than ours was tonight." Coach Summitt felt the Lady Vols "got overanxious offensively. . . . We had players who were trying to do too much." Candace Parker, as usual, was sterling, scoring 27 points, grabbing 10 rebounds, and blocking 5 shots. Alexis Hornbuckle, who had 6 assists but only 3 points, commented, "We are going to get better . . . one day soon."
2/14 LSU* (L, 62-78)
The Lady Vols' wheels have been wobbly for a while, but they finally came off in a 78-62 loss to 7th-ranked LSU in Knoxville. Even more disturbing than a 16 point loss at home to an SEC opponent was the fact that top-ranked Tennessee jumped out to a 21-2 lead to start the game -- no killer instinct in this team. Coach Summitt said, "Obviously, I'm very, very disappointed in this team. Make note, LSU played a terrific game. They came after us. We did some good things early. Bench play was pretty much non-existent. We can't expect Candace [Parker] to carry us every night. We got exactly what we deserved. We didn't defend, and we didn't make shots. . . . We started well against Rutgers, too. Maybe the players can tell you what happened. We can't win relying on just a couple of players. Our offense affected our defense. I'm not happy about it. It is unacceptable." Parker was the lone bright spot with 26 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists, and 6 steals. Alexis Hornbuckle offered, "I hope we can figure it out before it is too late. . . . We've got to regroup. Coach was upset and not happy. It is time for us to recover. We've got to have an open mind to criticism because it is going to come."
2/17 at Vanderbilt* (W, 81-68)
Behind Candace Parker's 23 points and 10 rebounds, the Lady Vols took the first step toward recovering from their LSU meltdown with an 81-68 victory over No. 25 Vanderbilt in Nashville. Tennessee started the game by outscoring Vandy 17-2, including 15 straight points, and shot 51.8% for the game, including 50% from behind the 3-point arc. Angie Bjorklund contributed 15 points for Tennessee, and Alex Fuller added 14. UT led 42-36 at the half despite foul trouble in the middle as Parker played only 11 minutes and Nicky Anosike was on the floor for seven. Alexis Hornbuckle contributed 6 steals to the cause. Coach Summitt said, "We did a lot of good things today. I think Candace and Angie shot the ball well today. Obviously, Alex came off the bench and gave us a huge lift. We did some really good things defensively. We had to play a lot more zone than we typically play. With the exception of giving up the three ball, I thought we did some good things out of it. . . . In particular, I thought we coughed the ball up way too much. A lot of those were us trying to do too much. I'm really proud of them. It's a huge win for us."
2/21 at Alabama* (W, 85-58)
No. 3 Tennessee rolled to an 85-58 win over Alabama behind Candace Parker's 19 points. Prior to the game, it was revealed that Parker had decided to forego his last year of eligibility to pursue a WNBA and Olympic career. The Lady Vols started well and led by 21 points, 31-10, midway through the first half. Then with Parker and most of Tennessee's starters on the bench, the Crimson Tide went on a 17-7 run to cut UT's lead to 11 points. Coach Summitt sent the starters back in and Tennessee led by 20, 49-29, at halftime. Coach Summitt said, "I thought the first half we had some players come in a little over anxious offensively and not quite as committed on the defensive end, so we weren't scoring and we were obviously giving up points." The Lady Vols increased their lead in the second half as the bench played better, leading coach Summitt to remark, "Overall, I thought it was a good effort by our basketball team, a lot of energy. That's been a point of emphasis. We want to close out the regular season that way. We have three games left." Nicky Anosike tallied 12 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to lead UT's 43-30 board advantage. Vicki Baugh contributed 12 points and Alex Fuller added 10. Alexis Hornbuckle made five steals to pass Bridgette Gordon and become the Lady Vols' all-time steals leader with 335.
2/24 MISSISSIPPI STATE* (W, 72-46)
Candace Parker netted 19 points as the No. 3 Lady Vols warmed up after another slow start to beat Mississippi State 72-46. Parker blocked five shots, setting a new Tennessee career record with 247, surpassing Shelia Frost. Parker also dished out 5 assists, grabbed 8 rebounds, and made 4 steals. Shannon Bobbitt and Alexis Hornbuckle each contributed 11 points. Coach Summitt said, "In the second half, we were better than we were in the first. At halftime, I was not at all pleased. As a coaching staff, we think you can't take possessions off. You just can't do that. This team has to understand that they get every team's A game. Mississippi State played us tough at their place. Alberta [Auguste] did a great job off the bench. Vicki [Baugh] did some good things, and Alex [Fuller] did too. We expect our starters to be more effective and do a better job on the defensive end. They have to be more committed for 40 minutes."
2/28 FLORIDA* (W, 88-61)
On Senior Night, the Lady Vols said farewell to five players -- Candace Parker, Alexis Hornbuckle, Nicky Anosike, Shannon Bobbitt, and Alberta Auguste -- with an 88-61 victory over Florida. Coach Summitt said, "I was really pleased with the energy we played with tonight. We got off to a good start, but we gave up too many threes. I was pleased with our work on different defensive looks. Changing defenses has been a priority of late, and that will help us against Georgia and in the tournament. Obviously, I am proud of our seniors, but they are not finished yet. They have to focus on closing out the regular season and playing in the SEC Tournament. That should be a great environment. We have to take one game at a time." Parker and redshirt junior Alex Fuller led the scoring parade with 18 points each. Anosike netted 15, while frosh Angie Bjorklund and Vicki Baugh tallied 14 and 11, respectively. Anosike had 12 of the season-high 57 rebounds and Hornbuckle grabbed 10. Hornbuckle also contributed 8 of the season-high 27 assists, while Bobbitt added 7. Hornbuckle remarked, "It has been a great time. It has been a great journey and it is not over yet. We are a step closer to the end of the regular season and we need to be playing 40-minute games."
3/2 at Georgia* (W, 72-63)
Candace Parker scored 30 points for the Lady Vols, including 13 in a row in the second half, and grabbed 9 rebounds as third-ranked Tennessee beat No. 22 Georgia, 72-63. UT trailed at the half for just the second time all season. Shannon Bobbitt had only 2 points at halftime but ended up with 15, and Alexis Hornbuckle scored 6 of her 8 points after halftime. Nicky Anosike kicked in 11 rebounds. Coach Summitt said, "We did a great job of getting Candace touches tonight. It was important for us to get points in the paint. She really established herself on the low block. We made it a point of emphasis to get her the ball. . . . All the guards knew at halftime they had to step it up. As poorly as we played in the first half, we were right there. I definitely challenged them to step up and be aggressive. I think athletically we had an advantage with our quickness. We didn't take advantage of that in the first half. We were passive. In the second half we went to a man, and that allowed us to be more aggressive." Georgia head coach Andy Landers said, "We did a lot of good things. We played hard; we played well. . . . It's sad that we continue to choose to do the wrong thing at the wrong time."
SEC Tournament at Nashville, TN
3/7 vs. Florida (W, 92-61)
Candace Parker scored 26 points, and the No. 3 Lady Vols advanced to the semifinals with a 92-61 win over Florida in their SEC tournament opener. Shannon Bobbitt contributed 22 points, and Alexis Hornbuckle added 16. Tennessee scored 30 fast-break points and 24 off turnovers while shooting 55.4% from the floor (36-for-55). "I think we decided to play with a lot of energy and we played a 40-minute game, didn't we?" Parker asked. "We did," coach Summitt answered affirmitavely. "I'm glad to say that. It makes me happy. . . . I think we're very focused. I think they came in focused, and if today is any indication and we can build on that, then I feel like our basketball team is going to be ready to play."
3/8 vs. Vanderbilt (W, 63-48)
Once again led by Candace Parker, who scored 25 points, the No. 3 Lady Vols beat No. 21 Vanderbilt, 63-48, to move on to the SEC tournament championship game. Alexis Hornbuckle added 14 points for Tennessee. The Commodores started well and built a 10 point lead. UT answered, though, behind 17 of Parker's points to lead at the half, 37-28. The second half was a defensive struggle between the SEC's top two scoring teams. Tennessee hit only 6 of 27 field goals (22.2%), but the Lady Vols held Vanderbilt to a season-low in total points and its worst 3-point shooting performance of the season (2-of-17). Tennessee was saved by their 12-15 free throw shooting. Nicky Anosike contributed 10 rebounds, and Alberta Auguste had 4 steals. Coach Summitt said, "Obviously second half I thought our defense really stepped up for us. We went with a little bigger, more athletic lineup, which I thought helped us run our five defense, basically our switching, man to man. . . . I thought Nicky Anosike had a tremendous defensive game. Her presence made a big difference in what Vanderbilt was able to see and able to do, so really pleased with our seniors and their play."
3/9 vs. LSU (W, 61-55)
With Candace Parker leading the way as usual, the No. 3 Lady Vols won their record 13th Southeastern Conference title by beating No. 7 LSU, 61-55. Every time Tennessee has been a No. 2 seed in the SEC Tournament it has won the tournament title. Coach Summitt said, "I know the way they played in this tournament they're a team that's got a chance to win the championship. For a team coming off a championship, they had a hard time being motivated for 40 minutes game in and game out. Unfortunately with the schedule we played, that made it very challenging in a lot of games. But right now, I think they can see a light at the end of the tunnel." Parker scored 28 points and Shannon Bobbitt had 12 for Tennessee. Nicky Anosike had a team-high 11 rebounds for the Lady Vols. Bobbitt made the all-tournament team, and Parker was voted the tournament's most valuable player. LSU coach Van Chancellor remarked, "Here's what I told our players after the game: If Tennessee is good enough to win a national championship, we are, too."
3/23 vs. Oral Roberts at W. Lafayette, IN (W, 94-55)
In their first round NCAA Tournament game, the Lady Vols rolled over Oral Roberts, 94-55. Coach Summitt said, "I thought the first half we played like we had a two-week break. We had a very difficult time getting our defensive intensity where we needed it to be. The second half we had a much better effort. We settled down and played better defense. We did a better job in our ball movement and player movement. We were much more aggressive and had some good play off the bench as well. We had much better guard play. It was hard for us at times to get into a rhythm. The game didn't flow very well at times. It is a win, and when you get into the post season, it is all about survive and advance. We are going to take this one and move forward and play here at Purdue against Purdue. It is going to be a big challenge for us. I hope everybody comes and we have a sell out crowd and a great environment for women's basketball." Angie Bjorklund led the scoring for UT with 16 points, while Candace Parker tallied 14 and Alexis Hornbuckle and Alberta Auguste each had 13. Hornbuckle dished out 7 assists, and UT's 45-22 rebounding advantage was led by Alex Fuller with 8.
3/25 vs. Purdue at W. Lafayette, IN (W, 78-52)
Pat Summitt's 100th NCAA tournament win was a 78-52 shellacking of Purdue on their home court. Coach Summitt said, "I'm really proud of our basketball team, they came in and committed to playing great defense. I told them after the game that we had 30 minutes of the best defense we played all season. I thought Alexis Hornbuckle really set the tone on how we were going to play on the defensive end. Going inside to Candace Parker was very, very effective for us. She played very aggressively and that established our inside game. It helps to have your guard play and inside action. Vicki Baugh came off the bench and did a super job; she was instrumental in us winning the SEC championship. I'm proud of our team; I'm excited to be moving onto the Sweet 16, that was our goal." Parker was the leading scorer with 24 points, while Hornbuckle put together an impressive stat line of 14 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and a career-high 8 steals. Frosh Vicki Baugh was UT's other double-figure scorer, tying her career high with 12 points on 6-7 field goal shooting. Nicky Anosike contributed 10 rebounds.
3/30 vs. Notre Dame at Oklahoma City, OK (W, 74-64)
Candace Parker put her teammates on her back, matching her career best with 34 points and adding 13 rebounds, 4 blocks, 3 assists, and 3 steals, to lead the Lady Vols to the regional finals for the eighth straight year with a 74-64 win over Notre Dame in the Oklahoma City Regional. "Honestly, in postseason, you've got to come through. That's what great players do," Parker remarked. Shannon Bobbitt contributed 11 points, and Nicky Anosike had 10 points and 10 rebounds for Tennessee. Parker scored 19 of her points in the first-half, but Tennessee was behind at halftime for only the third time this season, 33-31. Coach Summitt said, "Notre Dame played us tough. Obviously from the time we played them before until now, they've improved tremendously, and I was very impressed with what I saw and how tough they played us tonight. We're excited to move on and play in the regional finals. . . . I think we do have great senior leadership. . . . I don't think they went out there really focused with the type of defensive intensity that they should have. I told them, maybe it's because the first time we played Notre Dame we obviously played very, very well and we were up in that game in a big way early. It's a different game. I told them postseason is entirely different, and you have to be aware of that and you have to answer runs. We did a good job of that in the first half but a lot better in the second half, and I give the senior leadership a lot of credit for how we responded at halftime."
4/1 vs. Texas A&M at Oklahoma City, OK (W, 53-45)
Tennessee earned its 18th trip to the Final Four with a hard-fought 53-45 victory over Texas A&M in Oklahoma City. In the process, Candace Parker carried so much of the Lady Vols' offensive load once again that she dislocated her shoulder, not once but twice. Still, she scored 26 of the team's 53 points and was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Tournament. Alexis Hornbuckle, on the day she was snubbed by AP All-America voters, not even rating an honorable mention, nailed a 24-foot shot with 50 seconds left in the game, giving the Lady Vols a 48-43 advantage from which the Aggies could not recover. Hornbuckle was the other UT player on the All-Tournament team, tallying 14 points and 4 steals on the night. Coach Summitt said, "I thought Alexis and Nicky [Anosike], they were key for us, and we didn't shoot the ball well, and when you struggle offensively, as in our first game here, sometimes it affects your defense. But I'm proud of this team for just the grit and the determination that they had on the defensive end when things were not going well for us offensively, and with Candace obviously not on the court. . . . And certainly down the stretch we did a much better job with controlling the defensive boards; I thought that was key for us. Our basketball team, it's something we talked about, when you're not shooting the ball particularly well you've got to get to the glass, and obviously on the defensive end it's got to be a one and done mentality. I'm really proud that we didn't give up. We fought through and found a way to win." Aggies coach Gary Blair remarked, "Parker is Parker, and we did as well as we could. And I thought she showed a lot of effort playing with that shoulder of hers, because I know she was in a lot of pain, but we were in a lot of pain trying to guard her, too."
4/6 vs. LSU at Tampa, FL (W, 47-46)
"I couldn't make a shot all night, but honestly, that was the only one that mattered," Alexis Hornbuckle said. "I just wanted to stay positive and I crashed the boards and looked up and I said I didn't want to pull this down, with my luck I might as well try to tip it in. And luckily it went in." That tip-in sealed an ugly 47-46 win over SEC rival Louisiana State and sent Tennessee to its 13th appearance in the championship game of the NCAA Tournament against Stanford, an upset winner over top-ranked Connecticut. Coach Summitt said, "I thought our defense, for the most part, had some great stops and stands, and that's what you have to have when you're shooting the ball poorly. And obviously we couldn't figure out how to get to the free throw line. When I look at those two things, just thinking that it was difficult for us. I mean, we were 2 for 7 from the line. Obviously they got to the line a lot more than we did. But I'm just proud of our team for fighting through some adversity, when things wouldn't go our way, for whatever reason." Candace Parker struggled all night after dislocating her shoulder in the last game, shooting only 6-27 from the field but contributing 15 rebounds to go along with her 13 points. LSU coach Van Chancellor remarked, "She ain't never been 6 of 27 in her life. She had a gutty performance tonight." Shannon Bobbitt hit 3-5 from three-point land and scored 11 points and Alberta Auguste helped take up some of the slack with 10 points. All-American Sylvia Fowles scored 24 points and grabbed 20 rebounds to lead LSU, but she had 7 of the team's 12 missed free throws.
4/8 vs. Stanford at Tampa, FL (W, 64-48)
Eight is great! Tennessee wrapped up its 8th National Championship with another sterling team defensive effort, beating the usually offensively potent Stanford Cardinal, 64-48. The Lady Vols actually held their three Elite Eight opponents to fewer than 50 points each. Tennessee's five seniors leave with two rings apiece, and coach Summitt said, "They came out with a great mentality to play hard, especially on the defensive end. On offense, we got more people involved, but it was our defense that got it done. I'm so proud of our seniors, I'm going to miss them." Alberta Auguste put the defensive clamps on Stanford star Candice Wiggins, who was held to 14 points, half of her tournament average. Center Nicky Anosike played at the front of UT's press, giving the Cardinal ballhandlers fits with her size and quickness. She came up with six steals to augment her 12 points and 8 rebounds. Candace Parker scored an efficient 17 points and added 9 boards and 4 steals. Shannon Bobbitt nailed 3 huge three-pointers on the way to 13 points. The frosh got involved, too. Of Vicki Baugh, who left the game with a knee injury, coach Summitt gushed, "She was terrific for us tonight. I mean, she was the player that came off the bench and gave us the biggest spark and was very efficient in what she did. I loved her aggressiveness. And, obviously, if you look at her stat line, she's 3 for 4, 2 for 2 from the line, has 4 rebounds. Eight points. That's a matter of 13 minutes. She made the very best and got the most out of her minutes." Coach Summitt went on to say, "I particularly like the way they committed to each other on the defensive end. I thought our defense, this is one of our best defensive efforts, which gave us a chance, obviously, to beat an outstanding Stanford team. I'm just really proud, and obviously it's a happy but sad time with the seniors leaving. But I will always have tremendous respect for the mark they left on our basketball program." Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer remarked, "They did the things that give us trouble. They have the bodies and the experience to do that. A lot of teams don't."
NO. NAME POS. HT. YR. HOMETOWN (PREVIOUS SCHOOL) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 00 Shannon Bobbitt G 5-2 Sr New York, NY (Bergtraum HS/Trinity Valley CC) 2 Cait McMahan G 5-4 So Maryville, TN (Heritage HS) 3 Candace Parker F-C-G 6-4 Jr(RS) Naperville, IL (Naperville Central HS) 5 Angie Bjorklund G-F 6-0 Fr Spokane Valley, WA (University HS) 14 Alexis Hornbuckle G 5-11 Sr Charleston, WV (South Charleston HS) 20 Sydney Smallbone G 5-10 Fr Granger, IN (So. Bend St. Joseph's HS) 21 Vicki Baugh F-C 6-4 Fr Sacramento, CA (Sacramento HS) 33 Alberta Auguste F 5-11 Sr Marrero, LA (John Ehret HS/Central Florida CC) 44 Alex Fuller F-C 6-3 Jr(RS) Shelbyville, TN (Shelbyville Central HS) 52 Kelley Cain C 6-6 Fr Atlanta, GA (St. Pius X HS) 55 Nicky Anosike F-C 6-4 Sr Staten Island, NY (St. Peter's HS) Assistant Coaches: Holly Warlick (Tennessee 1981) Nikki Caldwell (Tennessee 1994) Dean Lockwood (Spring Arbor College 1982)
THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
West Lafayette Sub-Regional: Oral Roberts 94-55 Purdue 78-52 Oklahoma City Regional: Notre Dame 74-64 Texas A&M 53-45 Semifinals: Tennessee 47, Louisiana State 46 Stanford 82, Connecticut 73 _______________________________________________________ CHAMPIONSHIP GAME STATISTICS STANFORD 35-4 TOT-FG 3-PT REBOUNDS ## PLAYER NAME FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF TP A TO BLK S MIN 14 Pedersen,Kayla...... F 2-7 0-2 3-4 2 8 10 4 7 0 2 0 0 37 2 Appel,Jayne......... C 6-13 0-0 4-10 3 2 5 5 16 3 4 0 1 36 10 Hones,JJ............ G 2-5 1-2 0-0 0 2 2 2 5 3 4 0 0 34 11 Wiggins,Candice..... G 6-16 2-5 0-0 1 3 4 3 14 1 6 0 4 39 21 Gold-Onwude,Rosalyn. G 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 3 3 2 2 0 4 0 1 16 13 Pierce,Cissy........ 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 20 Donaghe,Hannah...... 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0+ 23 Pohlen,Jeanette..... 0-2 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 11 24 Cimino,Ashley....... 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0+ 31 Clyburn,Morgan...... 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 33 Harmon,Jillian...... 2-3 0-0 0-0 2 2 4 4 4 1 3 0 1 24 TEAM................ 3 4 7 1 Totals.............. 19-49 3-11 7-14 11 25 36 21 48 8 25 0 7 200 TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 12-25 48.0% 2nd Half: 7-24 29.2% Game: 38.8% DEADB 3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 3-5 60.0% 2nd Half: 0-6 0.0% Game: 27.3% REBS F Throw % 1st Half: 2-4 50.0% 2nd Half: 5-10 50.0% Game: 50.0% 2 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- TENNESSEE 36-2 TOT-FG 3-PT REBOUNDS ## PLAYER NAME FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF TP A TO BLK S MIN 3 Parker, Candace..... F 5-10 0-0 7-11 1 8 9 2 17 1 4 1 4 37 33 Auguste, Alberta.... F 3-7 0-0 1-2 3 4 7 4 7 2 3 0 1 39 55 Anosike, Nicky...... C 6-11 0-0 0-1 3 5 8 3 12 0 2 1 6 29 00 Bobbitt, Shannon.... G 4-12 3-8 2-2 0 0 0 0 13 0 3 0 0 37 14 Hornbuckle, Alexis.. G 1-7 0-0 4-5 0 1 1 3 6 3 2 0 1 28 5 Bjorklund, Angie.... 0-5 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 15 20 Smallbone, Sydney... 0-0 0-0 1-2 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 21 Baugh, Vicki........ 3-4 0-0 2-2 3 1 4 2 8 0 0 0 0 13 44 Fuller, Alex........ 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 TEAM................ 3 4 7 Totals.............. 22-56 3-9 17-25 14 24 38 14 64 6 14 2 13 200 TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 13-29 44.8% 2nd Half: 9-27 33.3% Game: 39.3% DEADB 3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 3-6 50.0% 2nd Half: 0-3 0.0% Game: 33.3% REBS F Throw % 1st Half: 8-11 72.7% 2nd Half: 9-14 64.3% Game: 68.0% 3 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Score by Periods 1st 2nd Total Stanford...................... 29 19 - 48 Tennessee..................... 37 27 - 64 Officials: Dee Kantner, Eric Brewton, Denise Brooks Technical fouls: Stanford-None. Tennessee-None. Attendance: 21,655
W-L RECORDS & ATTENDANCE
RECORD: OVERALL HOME AWAY NEUTRAL ALL GAMES........... (36-2) (14-1) (12-1) (10-0) «ONFERENCE.......... (16-1) (6-1) (7-0) (3-0) NON-CONFERENCE...... (20-1) (8-0) (5-1) (7-0) ATTENDANCE SUMMARY GAMES TOTALS AVG/GAME HOME.................... 15 236940 15796 AWAY.................... 13 89687 6899 NEUTRAL................. 10 109266 10927 TOTAL................... 38 435893 11471
2007-08 SEASON STATISTICS
NO. SUMMARY GP-GS Min FG% 3PT% FT% R/G A/G STL BLK PTS/G ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3 PARKER, Candace..... 38-37 29.8 .536 .267 .698 8.5 2.5 88 90 21.3 00 BOBBITT, Shannon.... 38-38 32.4 .404 .400 .810 2.9 3.3 63 5 9.9 14 HORNBUCKLE, Alexis.. 37-37 31.4 .443 .424 .671 5.5 3.6 104 31 9.9 55 ANOSIKE, Nicky...... 38-38 25.1 .456 .000 .625 7.3 2.1 65 40 8.8 5 BJORKLUND, Angie.... 38-30 23.8 .386 .368 .870 3.2 1.4 31 5 8.4 44 FULLER, Alex........ 37-1 15.8 .473 .324 .744 3.1 0.6 20 13 6.1 33 AUGUSTE, Alberta.... 38-9 22.0 .368 .214 .622 2.9 1.3 42 8 5.3 21 BAUGH, Vicki........ 38-0 13.1 .552 .000 .778 4.0 0.6 20 29 5.3 20 SMALLBONE, Sydney... 29-0 11.3 .314 .302 .833 1.1 0.9 12 2 2.9 TM TEAM................ 37-0 0.0 .000 .000 .000 3.1 0.0 0 0 0.0 Total............... 38 .451 .366 .703 40.9 16.1 445 223 76.7 Opponents........... 38 .385 .315 .621 35.5 11.6 330 96 58.6 SCORING GP FG-FGA FG% 3FG-FGA 3PT% FT-FTA FT% PTS PTS/G -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- PARKER, Candace..... 38 300-560 .536 8-30 .267 201-288 .698 809 21.3 BOBBITT, Shannon.... 38 124-307 .404 78-195 .400 51-63 .810 377 9.9 HORNBUCKLE, Alexis.. 37 141-318 .443 39-92 .424 47-70 .671 368 9.9 ANOSIKE, Nicky...... 38 124-272 .456 0-0 .000 85-136 .625 333 8.8 BJORKLUND, Angie.... 38 115-298 .386 68-185 .368 20-23 .870 318 8.4 FULLER, Alex........ 37 88-186 .473 22-68 .324 29-39 .744 227 6.1 AUGUSTE, Alberta.... 38 85-231 .368 3-14 .214 28-45 .622 201 5.3 BAUGH, Vicki........ 38 79-143 .552 0-0 .000 42-54 .778 200 5.3 SMALLBONE, Sydney... 29 27-86 .314 19-63 .302 10-12 .833 83 2.9 Total............... 38 1083-2401 .451 237-647 .366 513-730 .703 2916 76.7 Opponents........... 38 856-2224 .385 169-537 .315 346-557 .621 2227 58.6 REBOUNDS TOTALS GP MIN OFF DEF TOT PF FO A TO A/TO HI ------------------------------------------------------------------------- PARKER, Candace..... 38 1132 87 235 322 67 0 96 91 1.1 34 BOBBITT, Shannon.... 38 1230 32 79 111 69 0 125 106 1.2 27 HORNBUCKLE, Alexis.. 37 1160 83 122 205 87 1 134 85 1.6 25 ANOSIKE, Nicky...... 38 954 124 153 277 99 5 81 70 1.2 20 BJORKLUND, Angie.... 38 905 42 78 120 79 3 52 62 0.8 29 FULLER, Alex........ 37 583 43 70 113 30 0 23 42 0.5 19 AUGUSTE, Alberta.... 38 836 46 64 110 56 0 50 71 0.7 13 BAUGH, Vicki........ 38 496 56 96 152 73 4 23 64 0.4 12 SMALLBONE, Sydney... 29 329 9 22 31 18 0 27 22 1.2 12 Total............... 38 7625 572 983 1555 578 13 611 622 1.0 102 Opponents........... 38 7625 488 860 1348 649 - 441 784 0.6 79 TEAM STATISTICS UT OPP --------------------------------------------------- SCORING.................. 2916 2227 Points per game........ 76.7 58.6 Scoring margin......... +18.1 - FIELD GOALS-ATT.......... 1083-2401 856-2224 Field goal pct......... .451 .385 3 POINT FG-ATT........... 237-647 169-537 3-point FG pct......... .366 .315 3-pt FG made per game.. 6.2 4.4 FREE THROWS-ATT.......... 513-730 346-557 Free throw pct......... .703 .621 REBOUNDS................. 1555 1348 Rebounds per game...... 40.9 35.5 Rebounding margin...... +5.4 - ASSISTS.................. 611 441 Assists per game....... 16.1 11.6 TURNOVERS................ 622 784 Turnovers per game..... 16.4 20.6 Turnover margin........ +4.3 - Assist/turnover ratio.. 1.0 0.6 STEALS................... 445 330 Steals per game........ 11.7 8.7 BLOCKS................... 223 96 Blocks per game........ 5.9 2.5 WINNING STREAK........... 14 - Home win streak........ 2 - ATTENDANCE............... 236940 198953 Home games-Avg/Game.... 15-15796 13-6899 Neutral site-Avg/Game.. - 10-10927
POINTS BY HALVES
1st 2nd OT Total ------------------------------ ---- ---- ---- ---- UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE....... 1453 1457 6 - 2916 Opponents..................... 1043 1176 10 - 2229
DATE OPPONENT W-L SCORE ATTEND HIGH POINTS HIGH REBOUNDS --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 11/11 CHATTANOOGA W 76-56 13811 (23)PARKER (10)ANOSIKE 11/15 vs #9/8 Oklahoma W 70-67 6331 (28)PARKER (15)PARKER 11/18 #21/22 TEXAS W 92-67 15699 (21)PARKER (6)BAUGH, PARKER 11/21 vs #16/17 W. Virginia W 67-49 10677 (29)PARKER (13)PARKER 11/26 LATECH W 81-60 14891 (13)BOBBITT (16)BAUGH (13)PARKER (13)ANOSIKE 12/2 #4 NORTH CAROLINA W 83-79 16845 (25)HORNBUCKLE (16)PARKER 12/5 #24 OLD DOMINION W 83-51 12323 (19)BJORKLUND (8)BJORKLUND 12/13 MIDDLE TENNESSEE W 84-61 12508 (34)PARKER (13)PARKER 12/16 GONZAGA W 96-73 14598 (23)BJORKLUND (11)ANOSIKE 12/19 at UCLA W 82-70 4003 (17)PARKER (8)HORNBUCKLE 12/22 at #5/4 Stanford L 69-73 OT 7172 (25)PARKER (10)PARKER 1/2 at #15 DePaul W 102-68 3501 (19)FULLER (9)ANOSIKE 1/5 at #14 Notre Dame W 87-63 11418 (21)BJORKLUND (9)ANOSIKE 1/10 * #22/20 AUBURN W 85-52 14025 (20)ANOSIKE (12)ANOSIKE 1/13 * at South Carolina W 71-48 7841 (20)BOBBITT (7)HORNBUCKLE 1/17 * at Kentucky W 65-40 7278 (23)PARKER (7)PARKER 1/20 * VANDERBILT W 79-63 19666 (19)PARKER (12)PARKER 1/24 * ARKANSAS W 98-55 13270 (29)BJORKLUND (11)ANOSIKE 1/28 at #9/10 Duke W 67-64 9314 (17)PARKER (12)PARKER 1/31 * at Ole Miss W 68-44 3120 (14)BOBBITT (9)BAUGH 2/3 * KENTUCKY W 79-51 19259 (20)PARKER (10)BAUGH 2/7 * at Mississippi St. W 87-69 2628 (16)HORNBUCKLE (11)PARKER (16)BOBBITT 2/11 #5/7 RUTGERS W 59-58 17690 (27)PARKER (10)PARKER 2/14 * #7/7 LOUISIANA ST. L 62-78 15574 (26)PARKER (12)ANOSIKE 2/17 * at #25 Vanderbilt W 81-68 14316 (23)PARKER (10)PARKER 2/21 * at Alabama W 85-58 3101 (19)PARKER (8)ANOSIKE 2/24 * MISSISSIPPI STATE W 72-46 20249 (19)PARKER (8)PARKER, ANOSIKE 2/28 * FLORIDA W 88-61 16532 (18)FULLER (12)ANOSIKE (18)PARKER 3/2 * at Georgia W 72-63 10523 (30)PARKER (11)ANOSIKE 3/7 ** vs Florida W 92-61 9938 (26)PARKER (8)ANOSIKE, PARKER 3/8 ** vs Vanderbilt W 63-48 12897 (25)PARKER (10)ANOSIKE 3/9 ** vs LSU W 61-55 12392 (28)PARKER (11)ANOSIKE 3/23 vs Oral Roberts W 94-55 4380 (16)BJORKLUND (8)FULLER 3/25 at Purdue W 78-52 5472 (24)PARKER (10)ANOSIKE 3/30 vs Notre Dame W 74-64 (34)PARKER (13)PARKER 4/1 vs Texas A&M W 53-45 9341 (26)PARKER (8)ANOSIKE 4/6 vs Louisiana State W 47-46 21655 (13)PARKER (15)PARKER 4/8 vs Stanford W 64-48 21655 (17)PARKER (9)PARKER * Southeastern Conference Game ** SEC Tournament game
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