Lady Vols too much for Texas in rout

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- It was too much Candace Parker, and too much full court pressure for No. 21 Texas as they fell 92-67 to No. 1 Tennessee 92-67 Sunday afternoon at Thompson-Boling arena.

Parker helped the Lady Vols jump out to an early double digit lead and they never looked back as they stretched the lead to more than 20 before the end of the first half.

Texas turned the ball over 17 times in the first half alone resulting in 24 Tennessee points. The Longhorns had turnovers on five of their first seven possessions. Tennessee's full court pressure caused 30 turnovers overall, including 18 steals. Five different Lady Vols had multiple steals.

Despite her team's struggles in transition, Texas coach Gail Goestenkors said that her team was more suited to play that style.

"That's the way we play, up tempo, need to run," Goestenkors said. "We need to be able to push with poise, we didn't have a lot of poise today."

After a narrow 70-67 win over Oklahoma, the Lady Vols looked to get more people involved in the offense. Only Parker and Shannon Bobbitt made multiple shots against the Sooners.

"Against Oklahoma for whatever reason we weren't able to do that," Alexis Hornbuckle said. "We made an effort to play good transition defense and push the tempo."

Hornbuckle led Tennessee with five steals and six assists to go along with her 13 points.

Three Longhorns players finished in double figures scoring led by guard Brittainey Raven who had 18. Texas managed to find more opportunities in the second half, but it was mostly against Tennessee's bench players. The Lady Vols didn't have a player on the court for more than 29 minutes during the game.

Tennessee's unselfish play was also on display Sunday afternoon. Six players finished with multiple assists led by Hornbuckle's six. On multiple occasions Tennessee had all five players touch the ball resulting in layups or backdoor cuts.

"Passing is directly related to unselfish play," Tennessee coach Pat Summitt said. "We've had teams in the past that had good passers that didn't want to pass. This team looks to pass and get all their teammates involved."

Goestenkors and Summitt had faced off nine times prior when Goestenkors coached at Duke. She was the last coach to defeat the Lady Vols when Duke won in Knoxville 74-70 on Jan. 22, 2007.

Prior to the game Tennessee raised its 2007 championship banner to the rafters in Thompson-Boling arena.

"It was really exciting to see our mark left on Tennessee," Parker said. "As a class we came to Tennessee wanting to win a championship, multiple championships. To see the banner raised with the other six was a great feeling."

Play of the Game: Early in the first half Tennessee corralled three offensive rebounds before point guard Shannon Bobbitt found Candace Parker for the layup. It was a sign of things to come for Texas.

Player of the Game: Tennessee's Candace Parker: The junior scored the first 11 points for Tennessee and finished with 21 to lead all scorers. Parker also had xx blocks, xx rebounds and xx steals in xx minutes of play.

Next up for Tennessee: The Lady Vols will travel to Alexis Hornbuckle's home state to square off with the West Virginia Mountaineers Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m.

Next up for Texas: The Longhorns will travel to Honolulu, Hawaii to face Virginia in the first round of the Jack in the Box Rainbow Wahine Classic Friday, Nov. 23.

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