Tennessee can dominate even when Candace Parker doesn't play her best.
With the national player of the year candidate in foul trouble and neutralized by Oral Roberts' zone defense, the defending national champions called on their other talented players.
Freshman Angie Bjorklund hit four 3-pointers and finished with 16 points to lead the Lady Volunteers to their customary first-round rout, 94-55 over the 16th-seeded Golden Eagles on Sunday night.
Parker had 14 points, four rebounds, four steals and two blocks in just 18 minutes and went to the bench for good with her fourth foul with 14:04 left in the game.
Truth was, top-seeded Tennessee (31-2) didn't need Parker much Sunday, something that could change Tuesday night when they face ninth-seeded Purdue in the Boilermakers' home arena. Purdue reached the second round with a 66-59 win over eighth-seeded Utah.
But this game wasn't to Parker's usual style anyway. The Lady Vols hit seven 3-pointers in the first half and wound up making 12 3s, their second-highest total of the season.
For the Golden Eagles (19-14), things went even worse than expected. Jenny Hardin had 16 points to lead Oral Roberts in their most lopsided loss of the season.
Not only did they have to contend Tennessee's talent, but the long odds of upsetting Tennessee got dramatically worse just seconds into the game when their top scorer and only all-Summit League player, Mariana Camargo, slid awkwardly out of bounds while chasing the ball near the Volunteers' baseline.
Camargo stayed on the ground until officials stopped play 14 seconds into the game. A few minutes later, she was carried from the court to the locker room and didn't re-emerge until there was 11:58 left in the first half -- her hobbling on crutches and with her left knee wrapped.
The Golden Eagles figured out a way to hang around for a while. They tied the score at 6, again at 9 and were still within 16-15 with 10:29 to go in the first half.
From there, it was all Tennessee. Alexis Hornbuckle and Bjorklund hit back-to-back 3s and Parker's steal and coast-to-coast layup with 8:30 left made it 26-15.
The Lady Vols were only warming up. By the end of the 16-2 run, the Vols led 34-17, and Oral Roberts couldn't even capitalize on its good shooting touch. The Golden Eagles still trailed 55-43 in the second half despite shooting 59.3 percent from the field.
And when they started misfiring, the Lady Vols pulled away, improving to 41-0 all-time in first- and second-round NCAA tournament games.
Story Courtesy: AP Wire Reports
-Tennessee has more NCAA Tournament wins than any other program in the country (99).
-The Lady Vols led at halftime for the 30th time this season.
-Tennessee’s three-point field goals made (12) and attempted (29) were the most ever by a UT team in an NCAA Tournament game and were the second-most in school history in the single-game record books.
-Tennessee scored 90+ points in a game this season for the sixth time.
-Five Lady Vols scored in double figures an every dressed Lady Vol scored at least six points.
The win tonight:
-Improves the Lady Vols to 31-2 on the season
-Gives UT a 99-19 all-time record in the NCAA Tournament, including a 1-0 mark this season.
-Gives UT a 41-0 all-time record in the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament
-Gives UT a 583-124 all-time record against non-conference opponents, including a 1-0 record against teams from the Summit League.
-Gives Pat Summitt a career record of 978-182 in her 34th season at UT
-Played in the 141st game of her career, tying her with former Lady Vol player and current Lady Vol Associate Head Coach Holly Warlick for the fifth most games played in a career in UT program history.
-Scored in double figures for the 15th time this season and the 36th time of her career.
-Moved past Sheila Frost (754) into fourth place in the UT record books for career field goals made (756).
-Scored in double figures for the 39th time in a row and the 100th game in her career.
-Had an NCAA Tournament career-high four steals
-Had an NCAA Tournament career-high three three-pointers, all of which came in the first half.
-Scored in double figures for the 13th time this season.
-Moved into sixth place in the UT single-season record books for three-pointers (67)
-Scored in double figures for the third time this season and the 10th time in her career.
-Scored a career-high-tying 13 points.
Story Courtesy: UT Lady Vols Sports Information
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