Speculation ensues over Lady Vols win

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- Nicky Anosike sank two free-throws with two-tenths of a second left after a controversial call to give No. 1 Tennessee a 59-58 victory over No. 5 Rutgers. Video replays showed that the clocik paused for a brief second before Anosike was fouled. Rutgers coach Vivian Stringer voiced her frustration after the game.

"My assistant grabbed me and then all of a sudden out of the blue it was like hello, there's a cruel joke that's been played on you," Stringer said. In the post-game press conference Stringer said without a doubt she believed her team had won the game. Stringer's players were in simular disblief after the game.

"It's unbelievable, I don't understand," guard Essence Carson said. Carson said she was watching the clock at the end of the game and couldn't believe Tennessee was able to get that many shots off with the seconds counting down.

This isn't the first time this season that Rutgers has lost with under a second left on a controversial call. Stanford beat Rutgers 60-58 on the Scarlet Knights' floor in the first game of the season, when Candace Wiggins was fouled with one-tenth of a second left. Wiggins went to the line and sank both free-throws for the win. Stringer did her best to keep her composure during the post-game press conference though it was evident she was not pleased with the outcome.

"Thank god it's not a national championship game or I'd probably lose my job," she said.

Rutgers led for much of the second half because the Lady Vols were simply ice cold from the field. Tennessee held an 11-point halftime lead, which was quickly erased behind a 10-0 Rutgers run. Tennessee missed 14-of-15 shots to start the second half and relied on mainly mid-range jumpers and 3-pointers early on. At one point the Lady Vols had a 22 minute period where they only made two field goal attempts.

Candace Parker was the only Tennessee player who shot a decent percentage on the night, finishing with 27 points on 48 percent shooting. Anosike, Shannon Bobbitt, Alexis Hornbuckle and Alberta Auguste were a combined 2-of-24 from the field. After the Lady Vols struggled for the first 15 minutes of the second half Parker finally started to get Tennessee going with some shots in the paint. At one point Tennessee missed 13 straight 3-point attempts, but Shannon Bobbitt and Angie Bjorklund hit back to back 3s less than a minute apart to erase a five-point Rutgers lead and put the Lady Vols back on top with 49 seconds remaining.

It was short lived as Carson came back down and hit a mid-range jumper over Bobbitt to put Rutgers back on top with 22 seconds left. After that the speculation ensued.

Rutgers was led by Epiphanny Prince with 21 points. Carson added 18 on 6-of-9 shooting.

With the win Rutgers would have beaten two straight No. 1 teams. They upset previously unbeaten Connecticut less than a week ago.

Player of the Game: Nicky Anosike, though Tennessee fans would probably say the guy controlling the clock.

Next up for Rutgers: @ South Florida Saturday

Next up for Tennessee: vs. LSU Thursday in Knoxville

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