Parker, Bobbitt Fuel Lady Vols Victory

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Candace Parker had 28 points, Shannon Bobbitt scored 22 of her career-high 27 points in the second half and No. 1 Tennessee beat No. 9 Oklahoma 70-67 on Thursday night.

Bobbitt secured the win with two free throws to put Tennessee up 70-67 with 3.2 seconds to play after the Lady Vols forced a jump ball on Oklahoma's previous possession.

After Oklahoma went ahead 67-66 on Courtney Paris' basket with a half-minute left, Tennessee (2-0) took the lead for good on two free throws by Alexis Hornbuckle with 26.7 seconds to go.

Paris had 19 points and Danielle Robinson added 14 for Oklahoma (0-2), which was coming off a season-opening 76-66 loss to then fourth-ranked Maryland on Sunday.

Tennessee outscored Oklahoma 8-3 to take a 63-55 advantage with five minutes remaining. Bobbitt completed the stretch with a 3-pointer.

Robinson keyed a 5-0 run that pulled Oklahoma to 55-54 at the 8-minute mark.

Amanda Thompson had a 3-point play during a 13-8 stretch, helping Oklahoma overcame a three-point halftime deficit and take a 42-40 lead with 16 minutes left.

Tennessee trailed 15-8 midway through the first half, but put together a 16-7 run to go up 24-22 with four minutes left in the half. Parker tied it at 22-all with an in-close basket before Alex Fuller hit two free throws to give the Lady Vols a two-point cushion.

Tennessee scored five of the first half's last seven points to take a 32-29 lead at halftime. Bobbitt hit a 3 and Parker, who was fouled with 1 second remaining, made two of three free throws.

Parker finished the first half with 18 points. She hit 7-of-10 shots.


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