STANFORD FINALLY BEATS TENNESSEE

PALO ALTO, Calif. - Of all the players to have the potential to put the nail in the coffin of Tennessee's 16-game winning streak, Rosalyn Gold-Onwude wouldn't be the first player to come to mind.

But in a thrilling 73-69 Stanford (10-1) overtime victory over visitng No. 1 Tennessee (10-1) Saturday night, Gold-Onwude was the difference maker in the final seconds.

The sophomore guard hit a 3-pointer to give the Cardnial a two-point lead in overtime, and then cealed the win by hitting two free thows with five seconds left to give Stanford it first win over Tennessee in 11 tries.

"This is obviously a really big win for our program and our team," Stanford coach Tara Vanderveer said. "I think our defense and rebounding, something Tennessee is known for, was the key tonight."

Gold-Onwude had to hurry out of Maples Pavillion so she could catch a flight back home to Queens, New York for Christmas, so she was unavailable for comment.

Although, Gold-Onwude backcourt partner, Candice Wiggins, was as happy as anyone after the game.

"It took four years to beat them but it does feel good to beat the No. 1 team in the country," Wiggins said.

Wiggins finished with a team-high 22 points, but missed two critical free throws at the end of regulation that allowed Candace Parker to make a shot that brought the game into overtime.

"I blame (those missed free throws) on me," Wiggins said. "But our team tightened up on defense and continued to fight and that got us teh victory."

Tennessee coach Pat Summitt said that the Vols will learn from this loss and get better because of it.

"You always learn more from a loss than a win," Summitt said. "We didn't play hard for 40 minutes and they did and it hurt us."

NOTES: Jayne Appel scored 19 points and Gold-Onwude finished with 13 points in the win...Candace Parker had played 42 minutes and led all scorers with 22 points...Tennessee had 24 fouls in the game, while Stanford had 13.

Player of the Game: Candice Wiggins missed some key free throws, but when Stanford needed a bucket Wiggins more times than not came thorugh.

Play of the Game: Stanford was down one with 53 seconds left and Rosalyn-Gold nailed a deep 3-pointer to give Stanford the lead. Tennessee would never lead after that.

Quote of the Game: An easy choice from Tara Vanderveer, "Today, Candice is spelled with an I."


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