Pat Summitt celebrated her 100th NCAA tournament win in typical fashion: a second-round blowout.
Two days after Summitt publicly challenged her team to play harder, the Lady Vols responded with a dominant defensive effort, crisp offense and a 78-52 rout of host Purdue on Tuesday night. The win not only sent top-seeded Tennessee to its annual regional semifinal appearance, but also made Summitt the first coach in Division I basketball history -- men's or women's -- to record 100 wins in the tournament.
Tennessee (32-2) will face either Oklahoma or Notre Dame on Sunday in the Oklahoma City regional semifinals.
For a while, it looked as if the Lady Vols (32-2) might even have a special commendation for Summitt: most lopsided second-round victory. But ninth-seeded Purdue (19-15) closed the 33-point gap in the final 10 minutes and avoided the indignity of breaking Summitt's personal record in a 41-point victory over Rutgers in 1992.
The lackluster finish sure didn't delay the celebrations.
When Tennessee's players stepped off the team bus, they were surrounded by the pep band playing "Rocky Top." When Summitt finally yanked her starters for good in the final 4 minutes, Candace Parker had 24 points, eight rebounds and three blocks, and Alexis Hornbuckle had 14 points, five assists and eight of the Vols' 15 steals.
It was never even close.
The ninth-seeded Boilermakers (19-15), this year's Big Ten tournament champs and a regional finalist last year, were led by Keshia Mosley with 14 points and Kalika France with 10. But they shot only 37.3 percent from the field and committed 24 turnovers.
The Vols full-court pressure and inside play were simply too much for Purdue.
Tennessee scored the first six points, extended the lead to 15-6, then scored nine straight points to make it 24-6 with 9:35 left in the first half.
Things went more downhill from there for Purdue.
The Boilermakers couldn't keep up with the Lady Vols' rebounding, winding up on the low end of a 41-28 disparity, and struggled to find good shots. During one first-half stretch, Purdue went more than 8 minutes without a basket and nearly 11 minutes with only one player, Mosley, in the scoring column.
Predictably, Tennessee took advantage of that, too. An 11-0 spurt gave the Vols a 35-8 lead that Purdue never even challenged. Purdue had an 8-0 run to get within 37-20 just before halftime and used a 7-0 run midway through the second half to cut a 63-32 deficit to 63-39.
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-The Tennessee Lady Vols’ 100 all-time NCAA Tournament victories are the most by any program in the history of men’s or women’s basketball. The Kentucky men’s program has 98 all-time victories (not including vacated games).
-Tennessee’s 224 three-pointers this season rank second in school history (232 in 2003) and seventh in the SEC record books.
-Tennessee’s 607 three-point attempts this season are a new school record and ranks seventh in the SEC record books.
-Tennessee’s 207 blocks this season rank second in school history (238 in 1998) and tie for third in the SEC record books.
The win tonight…
-Improves the Lady Vols to 32-2 this season.
-Extends the Lady Vols’ winning streak to 10 games, including a 14-game streak away from Thompson-Boling Arena.
-Gives UT a 100-19 all-time record in the NCAA Tournament, including a 2-0 mark this season.
-Gives UT a 42-0 all-time record in NCAA first and second round games.
-Gives Pat Summitt a career record of 979-182 in her 34th season at UT.
-Played in the 142nd game of her career, claiming sole possession of fifth place in the UT record books for games played.
-Stands in fifth place in the NCAA record books for career blocked shots in the NCAA Tournament (33).
-Moved past Tamika Catchings (760) and into third place in the UT record books for career field goals made (765).
-Scored in double figures for the 40th straight game and the 101st time in her career.
-Surpassed 20 points in a game for the 19th time this season and the 46th time in her career.
-Moved into sixth place in the NCAA record books for career blocked shots in the NCAA Tournament (33).
-Her one three-pointer today gives her 68 for the season and 137 for her career, ranking her fifth and fourth, respectively, in the UT record books.
-Moved past Sidney Spencer (336) and Tiffany Woosley (338) and into seventh place in the UT career record books for three-point attempts (341).
-Had a career-high-tying seven steals with six minutes left in the first half. At the time, Purdue had eight points.
-Her eight steals set a new UT record for thefts in an NCAA Tournament game and are the fourth-most in a first/second round NCAA Tournament game by any woman since 1988. Former Lady Vol Nikki McCray had seven against Northwestern in the second round on March 20, 1993.
-Tied her career-high with 12 points
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