No. 1 Lady Vols Dominate No. 21 Texas For 92-67 Victory

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The Tennessee win came on the same day that the Lady Vols celebrated their 2006-07 national championship by hoisting a banner honoring their seventh title to the rafters of Thompson-Boling Arena.

The Lady Vols played like national championship contenders, dominating inside, grabbing steals and forcing turnovers. They finished with 42 points in the paint, 40 points off turnovers and 18 steals.

Candace Parker scored 21 points, including Tennessee's first 11, and grabbed six rebounds and the top-ranked Lady Vols beat No. 21 Texas 92-67 on Sunday.

The Tennessee win came on the same day that the Lady Vols celebrated their 2006-07 national championship by hoisting a banner honoring their seventh title to the rafters of Thompson-Boling Arena.

The Lady Vols (3-0) played like national championship contenders, dominating inside, grabbing steals and forcing turnovers. They finished with 42 points in the paint, 40 points off turnovers and 18 steals.

The Lady Vols went on an 11-2 run that ended when Sidney Smallbone drove down the court to shoot a quick layup that spun on the rim before going in.

The basket put Tennessee up 41-18 for its largest first-half lead with 5:02 to go, and the Lady Vols entered halftime with a 51-31 lead.

The Longhorns (2-1) got within 15 points twice before halftime on a free throw by Kathleen Nash and again on a basket by Brittainey Raven with about 2 minutes to play, but it was as close as they would get.

Texas never led and committed 30 turnovers.

Raven finished with 18 points, Nash had 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds and Carla Cortijo added 12 points.

The Lady Vols gradually built their lead after the half to 31 points on a Smallbone 3-pointer and again when Alexis Hornbuckle drove the court and made an underhanded shot beneath the basket.

Hornbuckle ended with 13 points, six assists and five rebounds.

Alexis Fuller had one of her strongest games as a Lady Vol, going 7-for-8 from the floor, 2-for-2 at the line and making both of her 3-point attempts. She finished with 18 points and four rebounds.

Angie Bjorklund scored 16 points before fouling out.

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Notes:

-Prior to today’s game, the 2007 NCAA championship banner was raised to the rafters in the newly-renovated Thompson-Boling Arena. 2007 seniors Sidney Spencer, Dominique Redding and Elizabeth Curry were on hand for the ceremony.

-Seven different Lady Vols scored in the first half, including three in double figures.

-Tennessee took a 19-point lead into the locker room at the break, its largest halftime lead since a 29-point edge over Ole Miss in the teams’ Elite Eight meeting on March 27, 2007. In that game, the Lady Vols scored 51 first-half points, the same amount they scored today.

-All nine Lady Vols who saw playing time scored in the game and four different Tennessee players reached double figures.

-Reached 80+ points in a game against Texas for the 11th time and 90+ points for the fifth time in the 29-game series

-Tennessee has won the last three meetings with Texas... And by an average margin of 29 points.

The win today:

-Improves the Lady Vols to 3-0 on the season

-Gives Tennessee an all-time record of 18-11 against Texas, including an 8-5 record in Knoxville.

-Gives Pat Summitt a career record of 950-180 in her 34th season at Tennessee

-Brings Gail Goestenkors’ record against the Lady Vols to 5-5 all time.

Candace Parker:

-Scored the first eight points of the game for the Lady Vols for the second game in a row. Today she sank the first 11 UT points until Nicky Anosike sank two free throws to give UT the 13-6 lead.

-Started the game 4-of-4 from the field and 3-of-3 from the line

-Became the first player in double figures for the third straight game

-Reached double figures for the 70th time in her 75-game career.

-Scored 20+ points in a game for the 30th time in her career

-Moved into 12th place in the UT record books for both career free throws made (341) and attempted (475).

Angie Bjorklund:

-Sank her first three-point attempt of the game to give UT the 16-6 edge and force Texas to call a timeout… her next two treys caused Lady Longhorn timeouts as well.

-Reached double figures for the first time in her Lady Vol career

-Her four three-pointers today tie for the third-most made in a game by a Lady Vol freshman… only Kara Lawson made more in a game as a rookie

Alexis Hornbuckle:

-Needs just eight assists to pass the legendary Chamique Holdsclaw (385) and move into 10th place in the UT record books for career helpers (378)

-Passed Shelia Collins and moved into seventh place for career steals in the UT record books. Hornbuckle has 279 career thefts… the UT record is 333, held by Bridgette Gordon.

-Reached double figures for the first time this season, but the 50th time of her career.

Alex Fuller:

-Scored in double figures for the eighth time in her career.

-Was 5-of-5 from the field and 1-of-1 from the line to reach 11 points in just eight minutes of action in the first half.

-Scored a career-high 18 points

-Drew three charges in the game

Story Courtesy: AP Wire Reports & UT Lady Vols Sports Information


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