#1 Lady Vols Use Big First Half To Rout Louisiana Tech 81 To 60

November 26, 2007

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) --Candace Parker scored 13 points, leading four Lady Vols in double figures, to help top-ranked Tennessee beat Louisiana Tech 81-60 on Monday night.

Nicky Anosike and Shannon Bobbitt added 13 points each and Angie Bjorklund had 12 for the Lady Vols(5-0).

Whitney Jones led the unranked Lady Techsters (2-2) with 16 points in the 40th meeting of a long-standing rivalry.

Tennessee jumped on Louisiana Tech by hitting eight of their first nine 3-pointers. The Lady Vols built a 31-point halftime lead and were never threatened.

Louisiana Tech was unnerved by Tennessee's defense, which scored 28 points off 24 Lady Techster turnovers. The Lady Vols held Louisiana Tech to 27 percent first-half shooting and 32 percent for the game.

JoKeirra Sneed added 15 points and 18 rebounds for Louisiana Tech. Shanavia Dowdell was the only other Lady Techster in double figures with 11.
Notes…

-Tennessee went on a 9-0 run to open the game, forcing Louisiana Tech to call a timeout

-The Lady Vols started nine-of-10 from beyond the arc

-UT sank a season-high 10 three pointers (all of which came in the first half). The 10 treys tie for the 10th most by a UT team in program history and the 24 three-point attempts tie for the fourth-most in the UT record books.

-The Lady Vols led by 29 points at the half, their largest lead at the break since a 30-point margin against Middle Tennessee on Dec. 5, 2006.

-The scoring was evenly spread as eight Lady Vols scored at least four points before halftime and all Big Orange players who saw playing time scored in the game.

-Tennessee’s defense held the Lady Techsters to 26 first-half points on 26.5% shooting from the field – both were season-lows for UT opponents

The win tonight…

-Improves Tennessee to 5-0 on the season, a record that Pat Summitt-coached teams have reached on 15 previous occasions.

-Gives UT a 23-17 lead in the all-time series with Louisiana Tech, including a streak of eight straight wins.

-Gives Pat Summitt a career record of 952-180 in her 34th year at UT

Nicky Anosike…

-Started for the 100th time in her 113-game career.

-Eclipsed the 800-point plateau for her career

-Went six-for-six from the floor en route to her second double-digit (13) scoring performance this season and the 23rd of her career in just 15 minutes of action.

Alexis Hornbuckle…

-Extended her streak of games started to 42… the longest on the Tennessee team.

-Her season-high seven assists moved her past Chamique Holdsclaw and into 10th place in the UT record books for career assists (389).

Vicki Baugh…

-Grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds, including seven in the first half… It was the first double-digit rebounding performance of her career.

-Her 16 rebounds were the fourth-most by a Tennessee freshman

Candace Parker…

-Scored the first points of the game for UT for the third game this season.

-Scored in double figures for the fifth time this season and the 72nd time of her career.

Angie Bjorklund…

-Became the first Lady Vol to reach double digits in the game tonight

-Scored in double figures for the second time this season.

Shannon Bobbitt…

-The shortest player in Lady Vol history (5-2) earned her first career block

-Scored double-digits for the second time this season and the 18th time in her career.

Sydney Smallbone…

-Scored a career-high nine points, all of which came in the first half on three-of-four shooting from beyond the arc.


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