February 3, 2008
KNOXVILLE (AP) -- Candace Parker dunked for the seventh time in her career and scored 20 points to help No. 2 Tennessee overcome a sluggish first half in a 79-51 win over Kentucky on Sunday.
With the Lady Vols' leading by 18, the 6-foot-4 All-American chased down a loose ball after Chante Bowman lost control of it at midcourt. Parker gained control at the baseline, turned around and dunked with 8:08 left in the game.
The Lady Vols (20-1, 7-0 Southeastern Conference) led 32-24 after a slow first half, but went on a 15-6 run that ended as Parker drove for a layup with 14:07 left to put Tennessee up 49-31.
Kentucky (11-11, 5-3) never recovered.
Parker was one of four Lady Vols in double figures. Alexis Hornbuckle added 13 points, Alberta Auguste had 11 and Nicky Anosike 10.
The Lady Vols missed 28 shots and a free throw during the first half. The 30.3 percent field goal shooting was their worst first-half percentage of the season for a team that averages 47.2 percent shooting.
Samantha Mahoney led Kentucky with 18 points and Sarah Elliott added 11.
Parker had four dunks last season, including one against rival Connecticut. She also dunked twice in her freshman season against Army in the NCAA tournament.
LSU All-American Sylvia Fowles is the only other women's college player to dunk this season. Only six women have dunked in a college game.