February 14, 2008

LSU knocks off No. 1 Tennessee

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- LSU shook off an early 21-2 defecit at No. 1 Tennessee and took sole control of the SEC standings with a 78-62 win over the Lady Vols. It was LSU's second straight win over Tennessee.

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No. 1 Tennessee goes down

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- Tennessee built a 21-2 lead over LSU early in the first half, then watched everything fall apart. They dropped their first home game of the season to the Tigers 78-62 as LSU went on a 76-41 run to end the game.

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Things not looking good for No. 1 Tennessee

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- It looks like No. 1 Tennessee will drop its first home game the season. They currently trail No. 7 LSU 69-58 with two minutes left in the game. The Tigers have simply been too tough in the second half for Tennessee and have really limited their touches inside.

LSU stretches lead to double digits

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- LSU has stretched its lead over No. 1 Tennessee to 62-51 behind a 7-0 run over the last minute and a half. There is less than four minutes left in the game.

Lady Vols frustrated by LSU defense

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- No. 1 Tennessee looks frustrated against LSU's defense in the second half as they trail 50-44. The Lady Vols have only scored 11 points in the first 13 minutes of the second half.

One of the biggest problems has been their lack of motion on offense. Their is very little movement, players seem content with standing and watching Candace Parker try to back down her defender in the post.

There is 7:19 remaining in the game.

Hightower, Fowles problems for Tennessee

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- LSU has extended its lead to 44-40 over No. 1 Tennessee eight minutes into the second half. One of the Lady Vols biggest problems on the defensive end has been defending LSU's Allison Hightower who has been deadly from mid-range. She leads the Tigers with 10 points.

LSU pulls ahead behind its defense

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- LSU has pulled ahead over No. 1 Tennessee 35-34 four minutes into the second half using something it's accusomed to, playing great defense. The Tigers give up less than 50 points a game this year and are really frustrating the Lady Vols tonight. LSU has 12 steals in teh game, four of which came in the second half.

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Anosike hurt as LSU closes gap at the half

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- LSU was once down 21-2 in the first half, but came storming back to cut the Tennessee lead to 33-30.

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LSU comes storming back

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- LSU was once down 19 points in the first half, but has just used a barrage of 3-pointers to cut the Tennessee lead to 29-28. The Lady Vols have gone ice cold from the floor of late and have more turnovers in teh last 10 minutes than they do points.

Parker outscoring LSU

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- Candace Parker has really gotten off to a fast start tonight outscoring LSU by herself 15-12. As a team Tennessee leads the game 27-12. LSU managed to cut the Lady Vol lead to 11 behind a 7-0 run, but Tennessee came right back and scored seven straight to build the lead back up.

LSU struggling to score

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- Tenessee has jumped out to a 21-5 lead over LSU nine minutes into the game. The Tigers have had real problems scoring early on. The Lady Vols already have as many steals as LSU has points. The lone bright spot for the Tigers, they are currently on a 3-0 run.

Parker double figures already

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.-Candace Parker only needed four mintues to reach double digits tonight. She already has 11 points and has scored in a variety of ways, whether it's free-throws, hook shots or a 3-pointer from the wing. Tennessee leads 16-2 with 15:32 left in the first half.

Lady Vols jump out to early double-digit lead

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- Candace Parker and Alexis Hornbuckle have helped No. 1 Tennessee jump out to a 14-2 lead four minutes into the game. Both players have hit 3-pointers and are playing especially well early on. Parker seems to be getting to the basket at will.

Battle for first in SEC standings

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- First place in the SEC standings is on the line tonight as No. 1 Tennessee and No. 7 LSU square off in Thompson-Boling Arena. Both teams are undefeated in league play this season.


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February 11, 2008

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.

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Lady Vols win thriller on last second FTs

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- For 59 minutes Nicky Anosike could hardly get anything to fall, with 0.2 seconds left she gave Tennessee a 59-58 lead over Rutgers and one of the biggest wins of the season.

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Anosike makes both with 0.2 seconds left

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- Nicky Anosike's two-free throws with 0.2 seconds left gives Tennessee a 59-58 lead.

Anosike fouled as time expires

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- Tennessee's Nicky Anosike was fouled just before time expires as Rutgers holds a 58-57 lead. Anosike will go to the line for two shots and a chance to win the game.

Bjorklund's 3 gives UT the lead

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- For 30 minutes Tennessee couldn't hit a 3-pointer, in the last 45 seconds they've hit two. Freshman Angie Bjorklund knocked down a 3 with 47 seconds left to give Tennessee a 57-56 lead over Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights have the ball.

Rutgers holding on to lead

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- Epiphanny Prince and Matee Ajavon have helped keep Rutgers up 52-51 on No. 1 Tennessee.

Candace Parker has tried to give the Lady Vols the lead single-handedly scoring Tennessee's last six points. She has 27 points and nine rebounds so far. There is 2:47 left and Kia Vaughn is going to the line for Rutgers. Parker fouled her hard underneath the basket.

Parker's jumper cuts Rutgers lead to one

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- Candace Parker's turn around jumper helps Tennessee cut the Rutgers lead to 50-47. It was only the second basket for the Lady Vols in the half.

Rutgers Epiphanny Prince has played a strong second half and hit an off balanced shot to give the Scarlet Knights a three-point lead.

Bobbitt called for technical

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- Tennessee point guard Shannon Bobbitt was called for a technical after getting fouled by Rutgers' Matee Ajavon. Rutgers made both of their free throws and Bobbitt only made one. Rutgers leads 46-44 with 6:20 left.

Rutgers lead as Lady Vols struggle to score

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- Rutgers has built a 44-41 lead behind strong defense and a struggling Tennessee offense. The Lady Vols have only two made field goals in the last 22 minutes of action, a jumper from Angie Bjorklund and a layup from Candace Parker.

Tennessee has been able to get to the free throw line, but has been unable to make jumpers. The Lady Vols are 1-of-15 in the second half and are shooting 26 percent for the game.

Both teams have players with four fouls. Epiphann Prince, Rashidat Junaid and Myia McCurdy have four For Rutgers. Bjorklund and Alexis Hornbuckle have for Tennessee. There is 7:15 left in the game.

Rutgers ties it up

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.-Epiphanny Prince's layup tied it up for Rutgers at 37-37. The Lady Vols have been ice cold in the second half going only 1-of-14 from the field, the lone basket being a jumper from freshman Angie Bjorklund.

Rutgers has really stepped up the defense and is forcing Tennessee to only shoot long jumpers and 3-pointers. Tennessee hasn't made a 3 since early in the first half, missing 11 straight.

Rutgers' quick run cuts Lady Vol lead

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- Rutgers has started the second half on a 8-0 run to cut Tennessee's lead to 34-31. The Lady Vols have struggled from the outside and Rutgers has been able to get points in the paint in the first three minutes.

Lady Vol fans routinely stand and clap at the begininng of each half until Tennessee scores and they have been standing for over three minutes so far.

Parker helps build halftime lead

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- Candace Parker's knee is fine and the Lady Vols have built a 34-23 halftime lead over Rutgers. Parker has scored in almost every way early on as she has 17 points and seven rebounds at the half.

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Fouls picking up for Rutgers

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- No. 5 Rutgers is having foul problems early on and No. 1 Tennessee is taking advantage of them. Five Rutgers playres have two fouls each including Kia Vaughn, Epiphanny Prince and Matee Ajavon. The Lady Vols have turned those fouls into a 12-of-12 performance from teh free-throw line.

Tennessee leads Rutgers 32-21 with 1:55 left in the first half.

Parker scoring at will early on

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- Candace Parker has 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting early on for No. 1 Tennessee. The Lady Vols hold a 26-19 lead over No. 5 Rutgers with 7:51 remaining in the first half. The Lady Vols have cooled off a bit shooting. Parker, Angie Bjorklund and Alex Fuller are 8-of-12 shooting, but the rest of the team is a combined 1-of-7.

Rutgers has three players with two fouls each including seniors Kia Vaughn and Matee Ajavon. Essence Carson and Epiphanny Prince each have seven points to lead Rutgers.

Lady Vols hot early on

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- The Lady Vols have used some strong shooting to jump out to a 19-10 lead over Rutgers with 11:42 left in the first half.

The Lady Vols are shooting 58 percent from the field so far and have hit 2-of-3 from 3-point range. Angie Bjorklund has eight points to lead all scoreres.

Rutgers has one of the best defenses in the country and is only giving up 50 points a game for the season, but Tennessee has hit their jump shots early on. Essence Carson leads Rutgers with five points.

Lady Vols jump out to early lead

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- Candace Parker and Angie Bjorklund have Tennessee out to a 9-6 lead over Rutgers. Parker hit her first two shots and Bjorklund has knocked down a 3-pointer to give the Lady Vols the lead.

Rutgers center Rashidat Junaid has been a problem for Tennessee inside and has two rebounds early on.

National Championship rematch in Knoxville

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- Candace Parker will start tonight as No. 1 Tennessee and No. 5 Rutgers square off in a rematch of last season's national championship game in Cleveland, Ohio. After wondering about the status of the All-American for days the Lady Vols got word that she wascleared to play by trainer Jenny Moshak.

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January 13, 2008

Bonner, Outside Shooting Keys Auburn 82-52 Rout Over Georgia

Auburn, AL --- In a game that was meant to be a clash between two bitter rivals, the #22 Auburn Tigers dominated the #10 Georgia Bulldogs with the 82-52 victory.

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Huge Win In The Works

Auburn, AL --- While Auburn came into this game as the underdog, they have played like the a heavy favorite. With 3:47 to go, Auburn leads 76-44. Most of the starters on both sides are now out of the game, and it looks like both teams just want to get this one into the books.

For Georgia, the lone bright spot in this game has been the play of sophomore point guard Ashley Houts. She is the Bulldogs leading scorer with 15. She was 4-7 from the field, and hit all 7 of her free throw attempts. Meanwhile, Tasha Humphrey and Angel Robinson each combined for 11 points and eight fouls.

Four Auburn players have 12 points, but forward Dewanna Bonner was the MVP on both sides of the ball. She led Auburn in points with 21, and led them in rebounds with 13.

Today's almost certain victory for Auburn is their biggest win of the season besting their previous best of 75-69 over #14 Arizona State on this floor in early December. The Tigers appeared battle ready in today's contest as they played much tougher opponents in their non-conference schedule.

Meanwhile, Georgia will have to knock the rust off quickly as they head to Nashville for a big match-up against the Vanderbilt Commodores.

The Rout Is On

Auburn, AL --- With 6"01 to play in the game, Auburn has the 70-44 lead. The Tigers have al but put this game in the books. Taking a look at the Georgia bench, there is very little energy and the team appears to have come to the realization that this game is over.

While Tasha Humphrey has had significant minutes in the second half, even with four fouls, her effect on the game has been very minimal. Auburn's combination of Jordan Greenleaf and Dewanna Bonner has kept her off of the stat sheets for the most part.

Dewanna Bonner now has her double-double with 19 points and ten rebounds. Tigers junior guard Sherell Hobbs has also contributed in a major way with 10 points, most of qhich have come in the second half.

Auburn Taking Over The Game

Auburn, AL --- The score is now 56-37 Auburn. It is their biggest lead of the game. UGA's shooting woes continue as they have just not been able to hit much of anything from the outside.

Both of UGA's top forwards, Tasha Humphrey and Angel Robinson, have four fouls. Each of them are still playing, but obviously must do so tentatively in order to keep from being disqualified.

While Humphrey and Bonner have not been able to make their presence in the game, Auburn forward Dewanna Bonner has been dominant from inside the lane and on the outside. She leads the Tigers in points with 19, and is one rebound away from a double-double.

UGA, AU Trading Buckets

Auburn, AL --- With 15:13 left in the second half, Auburn is holding onto their 13 point advantage with the score standing at 50-37.

On the last bucket, Tasha Humphrey picked up her fourth foul when Auburn's senior guard Tamela McCorvey drove inside and drew the foul on her floater.

UGA will now have to rely on their guard play to get them back into this contest.

Tigers Pounce on Dogs Before Half

Auburn, AL --- At half time, the Auburn Tigers lead 42-29. They have dominated the pace of the game, and have played tenacious defense leading to many points off of turnovers.

If not for a late three pointer from UGA forward Megan Darrah, the Bulldogs would be down by 16. The biggest story for Georgia right now is their lack of presence on the inside. Auburn is outrebounding Georgia by a 21-14 margin even though the Tigers' tallest player on the floor is Dewanna Bonner at 6' 4". The task of picking up bals off the boards now becomes more difficult for Georgia as Tasha Humphrey has three fouls.

She leads the Tigers in scoring with 12 points. Bonner and the rest of the Tigers have hit five three pointers, and have shot the ball from the outside very well.

In order for Auburn to continue to pull off the upset at home, they will need to continue their defense and push the tempo of the game.

Tigers lead by 13

Auburn, AL --- With 3:01 to play, Auburn leads 36-23. Auburn's fast start has slowed down a good bit on the offensive end as they are shooting less from the outside, turning the ball over more and not creating as many fast break opportunities.

Georgia continues to settle for the outside show though and has not been able to take advantage of their size advantage over the Tigers. The Bulldogs interior presnce in Angel Robinson and Tasha Humphrey has ben very limited. They have combined for four points, and Humphrey is on the bench now with three fouls.

Bonner, Tigers Making It Rain

Auburn, AL --- So far, Auburn is shooting the lights out. With 11:21 to go in the half, Auburn has extended their lead to 23-11. The Tigers have hit four threes with Dewanna Bonner responsible for two of them. Her point total is up to ten for the half.

Meanwhile, Georgia has not been able to put much of anything in since the first timeout. Tasha Humphrey has just two points on the day, and she is being heavily guarded. With the rest of the team unable to shoot from the outside, UGA may need to look to their sophomore point guard Ashley Houts to drive the ball inside to create offensive opportunities.

Right now, it is all Auburn though and that won't change unless Georgia slows down the pace of this game and starts shooting better.

December 23, 2007

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.

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STANFORD PULLS IT OUT

PALO ALTO, Calif. - The crowd is still here waving its towels and going crazy and they have every right to do so. The Cardnial held on for a 73-69 win over No. 1 Tennessee in one of the best women's basketball games of the year.

Tennessee had the ball down two and everyone expected Parker to take the game-tying or game-winning shot, but instead she kicked the ball to the arc, and after a couple of passes Shannon Bobbit lost the ball and Rosalyn Gold-Onwude hit two free throws to ice the game.

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TENNESSEE UP ONE

PALO ALTO, Calif - Jayne Apepel (who has otherwise been exceptional tonight) misses a layup and going the other way Alexis Hornbuckle misses a layup which would have put Tennessee up three.

Stanford is down one, with the ball with 1:35 left.

PARKER COMES THROUGH, GOING TO OVERTIME

PALO ALTO, Calif. - Candice Wiggins was at the line with a chance to ice the game, but she missed both of her free throws (she was 10-12 from the line before those misses).

Candace Parker then grabbed the rebound, took it herself, and from seven feet out bounced home the game tying shot.

Stanford couldn't get a shot off and you could literally hear the air go out of the Cardnial fans.

Five more minutes (at least), and the Vol are in serious foul trouble (they are already without Anosike).

STANFORD UP TWO WITH THE BALL, 22.6 left

PALO ALTO, Calif - Wiggens got a steal and made two free throws to put the Cardnial up four but Parker came right back down and drove to the hols to close the deficit to two, at 63-61.

Stanford looks in good shape, but Tennessee's 16-game winning streak isn't over yet.

CANDICE PUTS STANFORD ON TOP, FOR NOW

PALO ALTO, Calif. - The "Go Stanford" chant is rattling throughout Maples after Candice Wiggins made ajumper from the free throw line with 44.4 seconds left to put Stanford up 61-59.

Now is it Candace's turn?

OH MY, ALL TIED WITH 1:32 LEFT.

PALO ALTO, Calif. - Candice Wiggins just made two free throws to give her 17 for the game and tie the game at 59.

Tennessee has three players on the court with four fouls and Maples is shaking.

BOBBITT SILENCES CROWD

PALO ALTO, Calif. - Shannon Bobbit hadn't made a 3-pointer all game, but she just sunk one to put the Vols back on top at 58-56.

Parker just made a free throw to put Tennessee up 59-56.

Stanford hasn't made a shot from the field since the 6:30 mark.

THIS JUST IN: SUMMITT IS SMART

PALO ALTO, Calif. - Alexis Hornbuckle picked up her fourth personal foul with 5:30 left, but Summitt kept her in and on the next Tennessee possesion the senior sunk a 3-pointer to make 54-53 Stanford.

It's now 56-53 Cardnial at the last T.V. timeout with 3:45 left. Here we go.....

December 22, 2007

WHEN WILL PARKER TAKE OVER?

PALO ALTO, Calif. - You can almost feel it coming.

Parker is having a good game, with 16 points, but she by no means looks like the greatest women's college basketball player ever tonight. Although, she just might in the final 7 minutes, 16 seconds.

The Vols have stuggled shooting the ball in the second half, going 5-20 from the floor. The Vols went 15-27 in the first half.

The two team are trading baskets, and Stanford now leads 53-48 with 6:04 left.

ANOSIKE PICKS UP FOURTH FOUL

PALO ALTO, Calif. - Wiggins hits two free throws to make 47-45 Stanford, but what might hurt more for Vol fans is that Nicky Anosike will have to sit for much of the rest of game with four fouls.

Tennessee's Hornbuckle and Bjorklund will have to be careful because they have three fouls each.

There is 8:16 left and it is still 47-45.

STANFORD UP TWO

PALO ALTO, Calif - Jayne Apple is holding her own with Tennessee's trees inside, scoring 14 points, which included the last basket which put the Cardnial up 43-41.

As I type Stanford made a couple of free throws to make it 45-41 and the Vols need to be careful that this game doesn't get away from them.

Stanford has outscored Tennessee 18-10 in the second half.

The final 10 minutes should be a danzy.

IT'S WIGGINS TIME

PALO ATLO, Calif. - After a poor first half, Wiggins has scored seven points so far in the second half and Stanford has taken its first lead at 39-38 at the 14:00 mark.

Maples is finally rocking and Tennessee looks flustered.

STANFORD GETS CLOSER, VOLS IN FOUL TROUBLE

PALO ALTO, Calif. - Wiggins scores a layup and is fouled, to make it 33-30 TENN . Seconds earlier Alexis Hornbuckle picked up third personal foul.

Right now, Candace Parker has two fouls and Angie Bjorklund is with Hornbuckle with three fouls.

The crowd is starting to show some more life and Standord is only down four, at 38-34 with 15:21 left.

STANFORD STAYS CLOSE

PALO ALTO, Calif - Stanford scored the last five points of the first half to clse the deficit to six, at 33-27.

The Cardnial's Rosalyn Gold-Onwude got her only points of the half in the final minute, when she got a steal and layed it in.

Overall, it was (and I know this is a shock) the Candace Parker show in the first half, leading all scorers with 10 points. On the other hand, Candice Wiggins had six points, but went 1-4 from behind the arc. It goes without saying she will have to do better in the second half if Stanford is going to pull off the upset.

The Black Eyed Peas song, "Let's Get it Started" is playing in Maples and that is what Stanford needs.

VOLS UP DOUBLE DIGITS

PALO ALTO, Calif - Candice Wiggins hit her first 3-pointer of the game and the crowd started twirling its towels, but Tennessee keeps getting inside and making baskets.

Parker is queitly having a good half, with 10 points (5-8 from the field) and Tennessee leads 33-22 with 1:30 left in the half.

TENNESSEE CAN'T MISS

PALO ALTO, Calif. - The Vols are shooting 68 percent (11-16) to start the game and hold a 23-17 lead.

The crowd (which is 90-10 Stanford fans) has been a non-factorm - this is by no means a hostile environment.

But what should really scare Cardnial fans is that Wiggins only has two points in the first 14 minutes.

TRYING TO CONTAIN CANDACE

PALO ALTO, Calif. - At the second T.V. timeout, thanks to seven points from Alexis Hornbuckle the Vols lead 13-9.

It seems clear that the strategy Stanford has to stop Parker is to not let her get the ball in the first place. The Cardnial are putting their two big women, Jayne Appel and Kayla Pederson, on her to try and deny the ball. So far Parker has four points. Scratch that, she just made one to make it six :).

Stanford is shoot 4-12 from the field, and that clearly won't cut it.

Update as I type: Tennessee 17, Stanford 11

NOT PRETTY BUT EXCITING

PALO ALTO, Calif. - There were seven turnovers and the two teams have combined to go 5-15 from the field in the first five minutes, but it sure has been up and down basketball.

Alexis Hornbuckley has scored four points to lead Tennessee to an early 6-4 lead.

GAME TIME

PALO ALTO, Calif - The national anthem has been sung and Maples is filled to capacity.

You know it's a big sporting event when the athletic department hands out "Rally Towels." It also makes it easy to see where the Tennessee fans are because they are the only people not slinging around thier towel like a helicopter.

The atmosphere here is a little different than a regular Stanford game. Usually students are packed in by the floor, but with it being Christmans break, they got old people by the floor instead (not that there is anything wrong with old people).

Anyway, here we go...

MAPLES IS FILLING UP

PALO ALTO, Calif - We are still 25 minutes before tip-off, but Maples Pavillion is filling up with Cardnial red and Rocky Top orange.

Candace Parker might be on the opposing team for a majority of fans, but it didn't stop some teenage girls from yelling, "Candace we love you," during pregame warmups.

What will be interesting is to see is if Parker will matchup against the other Candice (Wiggins) on defense. Something to look for.

AN EARLY CHRISTMAS PRESENT: TENNESSEE VS. STANFORD

PALO ALTO, Calif. - The best of the West will go up against the best in the South Saturday in what has the potential to be an absolute classic at The Farm.

Two of college basketball's best players, two of college basketball's best coaches, and two of the most storied programs of all college sports will meet when No. 1 Tennessee (10-0) goes up against No. 4 Stanford (9-1) at 7:30 p.m. PST.

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December 16, 2007

No signs of rust for Lady Tigers

RUSTON, La. - Right now, No. 8 LSU is probably wishing it had more 14-day layoffs in a season.

Before Sunday afternoon, LSU last saw game action Dec. 2 against Tulane. Two weeks of practice and game film proved to be a winning formula for the Lady Tigers on Sunday as they defeated Louisiana Tech, 76-45, at the Thomas Assembly Center.

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Lady Tigers cruise to victory

RUSTON, La. - No. 8 LSU had no problem with Louisiana Tech on Sunday afternoon, defeating the Lady Techsters on the road, 76-45.

Center Sylvia Fowles led all scorers with 16 points and also pulled down eight rebounds. Check back later for postgame analysis and quotes.

Crowd slowly vacating

RUSTON, La. - Fans in the Thomas Assembly Center are beginning to head for the exits as LSU holds a 72-41 advantage with 2:30 remaining in the game.

The Lady Techsters put up a good fight but were clearly overmatched in terms of talent and preparation.

A loss would be Louisiana Tech's fourth in a row at home.

Reserves begin to see action

RUSTON, La. - LSU coach Van Chancellor has begun to rest his key players on the way to what is most likely the Lady Tigers' seventh win of the season.

With 7:47 left in the game, four of LSU's five starters are on the bench. Only guard Quianna Chaney is still on the court.

The Lady Tigers lead the Lady Techsters, 62-33.

It's getting ugly

RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech's shooting woes have continued in the second half, and LSU has opened up a 56-30 lead with 12:00 remaining in the game.

LSU is outrebounding Louisiana Tech, 30-27, and also has eight steals compared to the Lady Techsters' zero.

Lady Tigers' forward Ashley Thomas appears to be on pace for a season high in points. Thomas currently has 10. Her 2007-2008 high of 11 points came against Houston on Nov. 29.

Mid-range game

RUSTON, La. - LSU's first three field-goal attempts after the break have been mid-range jumpers.

All three of those attempts were converted. LSU has pushed its lead to 46-23 early in the second half and forced Louisiana Tech to use a timeout two minutes into the half.

LSU sharp on both ends

RUSTON, La. - No. 8 LSU is clicking on all cylinders in the first half against Louisiana Tech.

The Lady Tigers hit 50 percent of their shots in the first half and started the game 8-of-9. They hold a 40-22 lead over Louisiana Tech at halftime.

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Lady Tigers defense impressive

RUSTON, La. - The Lady Techsters started the game 3-of-6 from the field, but have since connected on only five of their 16 shot attempts.

Turnovers are also hurting Louisiana Tech. The Lady Techsters have committed 12 in the first 17:30 of the game. LSU is holding a comfortable 14-point lead with a little more than two minutes left in the half.

Putting up a fight

RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech put together a quick 8-0 run after the first media timeout to close LSU's lead to three points.

But since then, the Lady Tigers have found their hot shooting touch again and pushed their lead to 26-17 with 7:49 left in the first half.

LSu has tried to establish Sylvia Fowles in the low post early in the game. Fowles has six points so far but has missed four of her last five shot attempts.

Louisiana Tech's Tiawanna Pringle leads all scorers with 10 points.

Lady Tigers on fire early

RUSTON, La. - It appears the LSU-Louisiana Tech game may be in the early stages of a blowout.

The Lady Tigers have hit eight of their first nine shots and have jumped out to a 17-8 lead with a little less than 15 minutes left in the first half.

Louisiana Tech has hit 50 percent of its shots but has been unable to slow down LSU so far.

Lady Tigers battle Lady Techsters in Ruston

RUSTON, La. - It's been 14 days since No. 8 LSU has taken the basketball court in a non-practice situation.

The Lady Tigers have had a two-week hiatus since their 52-36 victory at Tulane on Dec. 2. In that span, LSU has shifted its attention toward final exams and away from offensive and defensive sets.

LSU (6-2) returns to action today on the road against Louisiana Tech (4-5) at 2 p.m.

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December 02, 2007

No. 1 Tennessee hangs on against UNC

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- No. 1 Tennessee held on for a 83-79 win over No. 4 North Carolina after almost letting a double-digit lead evaporate over the closing minutes.

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Lady Vols survive crazy finish

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- It was a crazy finish, but No. 1 Tennessee held on to a late lead for the 83-79 win over No. 4 North Carolina despite fouling UNC's Aaron Gray on a 3-point shot with five-seconds remaining.

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UNC run gets them back in the game

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- Just as it looked like Tennessee would cruise to a double digit win over No. 4 North Carolina the Tar Heels have made a run scoring nine straight points to cut the lead to 74-72. The Lady Vols have turned the ball twice during their three minute scoreless sterak and have missed multiple layups.

Scoreless drought for Tar Heels

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- No. 4 North Carolina has gone on a four minute scoreless drought as No. 1 Tennessee holds a 74-61 lead. Tennessee led 62-61 with 10:38 remaining, but has used free throw shooting and Tar Heel turnovers to build their lead.

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Turnovers costly for UNC

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- North Carolina's turnovers helped Tennessee have a late comeback in last year's Final Four and their allowing the Lady Vols to stretch the lead tonight.

The Tar Heels have turned the ball over four times in the last two minutes helping UT build a 71-61 lead.

UNC continues to dominate the boards

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- No. 4 North Carolina has used strong play on the boards and a few questionable calls to cut the Tennessee lead to 60-57.

The Tar Heels already have over 20 offensive rebounds and have 24 second chance points. The referees have called a few questionable charge calls that haven't made the Lady Vol fans happy and they're letting them know it.

Lady Vols stretch the lead to double digits

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- Candace Parker has four quick points in the opening part of the first half and No. 1 Tennessee has stretched their two-point halftime lead to 10 against No. 4 North Carolina.

Parker scored twice in the paint then Alex Fuller made a spin move in the post for a hook shot to bring the lead to double digits. UT leads 55-45.

Four fouls for Anosike

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- Forward Nicky Anosike picked up her fourth foul of the game less than two minutes into the second half. She was the primary defender on North Carolina forward Erlana Larkins who has 16 points.

The Lady Vols lead 51-45 with 18 minutes remaining.

UNC dominant in the paint

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- No. 4 North Carolina used strong play down low to tie the game for much of the first half against No. 1 Tennessee, but a late layup from Alex Fuller gave the Lady Vols a 42-40 halftime lead.

UNC has 32 of its 40 points inside the paint, including 16 off second chance opportunities.

Tennessee jumped out to an eight-point lead with six minutes remaining, but a late UNC run helped close the gap. Forward Erlana Larkins's 11 pointsand eight rebounds leads UNC.

Alexis Hornbuckle has led the way for UT with 15 points and five rebounds in the first half on 6-of-8 shooting. All-American Candace Parker has struggled early on going 2 of 8 from the field for 6 points. Parker got off to a quick start scoring four points in the opening minutes, but struggled the rest of the way.

On a side note the Lady Vols public relations program just had a talent contest to give away a cruise to a Tennessee student and the winner made a really catchy "Rudolph the Rednose Reindeer" remix about the Lady Vols team. The crowd loved it and put Thompson-Boling arena in the Christmas spirit.

Things to watch for in the second half: Tennessee on the boards- The Lady Vols were outrebounded 30-21 in the first half. If Tennessee is going to pull off the win they will have to improve their play down low.

Player to watch: Alexis Hornbuckle- The senior guard shot 75 percent from the field and seemed to provide Tennessee with a spark while other players struggled. She'll need to continue to score if Parker can't find the bottom of the net.

Oompa Loompa Doopity Doo

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- North Carolina fans started to chant "Oompa Loompa" while 5-2 Tennessee point guard Shannon Bobbitt was shooting free throws. Maybe they don't realize that their freshman guard Cetera DeGraffenreid is no taller than 5-4. The Lady Vols have jumped out to a 29-22 lead after a 8-0 run.

A good day for California

BERKELEY, Calif - After the Golden Bears beat Vanderbilt 67-59, a large group of fans gathered around the a television at Haas Pavilion to watch CSTV's coverage of the NCAA men's water polo championship game.

Just like the women's basketball team, the men's water polo team also go the win, beating USC 8-5.

Nothing like a national championship to get over losing to Stanford in The BIg Game, right?

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Back and forth battle in Knoxville

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- No. 1 Tennessee and No. 4 North Carolina have come out running early on as the Tar Heels hold an early 19-18 advantage. The lead has shifted back and forth multiple times, but it's been the Tar Heels dominance in the paint that has given them the lead.

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UNC goes for revenge against Lady Vols

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.-No. 4 North Carllina will be looking to avenge a Final Four loss last season as they travel to Knoxville to face No. 1 Tennessee. The Tar Heels won the regular season matchup between the two teams 70-57, but couldn't hold on to a big lead in the national semifinal game as they fell 56-50.

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Cal closes it out

BERKELEY, Calif - It wasn't pretty at the end with the Bears not being able to hit a free throw if thier lives depended on it, but the Bears held on for a 67-59 win.

As the final seconds ticked away, about 15 students in the student section started to cheer:

You know it
You know the story
This is Bear territory

Today it was.

More to come, including reaction, later.

Did I speak too soon?

BERKELEY, Calif - Vandy hits a 3, to make it 63-57 with 35 seconds left, and Cal keeps missing free throws. Stay tuned....

CAL looks primed for its biggest win of the year

BERKELEY, Calif - Vanderbilt did get within eight points, but Cal is now up 10 with 93 seconds left.

Cal has rised in the rankings this year without really beating anyone, until today.

They are big, strong and athletic. And if they can stay out of foul trouble and avoid anymore injuries as the season goes on, they will be a team to watch out for this year.

There is 1:08 left and the Bears still lead by 10.

Commodores hit some 3s, but Cal responds

BERKELEY, Calif. - Jessica Mooney (off the glass) and Chanel Chisholm both hit 3s on back-to-back possesions for Vandy to close the deficit to 11.

But Cal's sharp-shooter, Alexis Gray-Lawson, hit a 3-pointer of her own, to push the lead right back to 14.

Boyle just called a timeout at the 4:02 mark, with the Bears up 57-45.

Cal in complete control

BERKELEY, Calif. - The game isn't over, but it's getting close.

The Bears lead by 18 (51-33) with 7:46 left. Vandy does not look like they are capable of any kind of last minute scoring spree and it seems like just a matter of time now.

Commodores need to make a move - now

BERKELEY, Calif. - There is 11:23 left and the Bears lead 47-30.

The Bears don't look as sharpe as they did the first half, but Vaderbilt isn't taking advantage as they continue to miss open shots from behid the arc.

Vandy guard Lauren Lueders just yelled to here team, "Let's Go!," and Vandy needs to go right now.

As I type, Lueders just hit a 3-pointer, so it's 47-33 with 10:19 left.

Postgame Comments

After Georgia's 71-64 victory over Ga. Tech, the players and coaches had the following to say about today's game...

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N'diaye leaves with injury, then returns

BERKELEY, Calif. - The Haas Pavilion crowd held its breat watching center Rama N'diaye hold her back as she stumbled off the floor early in the second half.

But after getting some treatment behind the bench, she quickly returned to the game and looks fine. With 15:27 left, Cal is still in control, up 42-25.

Cal is doing everything right, Vandy isn't

BERKELEY, Calif - The halflime entertainment here at Cal is four modern dancers led by a guy with a red mohawk - only in Berkeley :).

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Walker gets the crowd roaring, Vandy looks lost

BERKELEY, Calif - Askhel;y Walker, who leads the Pac-10 in scoring (21.6), has seven points today but it is her defense that got the crowd on its feet.

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Another Vandy Timeout, Cal keeps it going

BERKELEY, Calif - Turnovers are killing the Commodores right now and Bears transition game is producing easy buckets. The band is playing, the the crowd is cheering and the Bears are up 17-7.

Senegal represented in California

The highlight of Senegal sports was when its soccer team beat France in the 2002 World Cup, but the African country also plays a little basketball and Rama N'diaye is proving it today.

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Cal gets hot

Vaderbilt misses a a layup and Cal point guard Natasha Vital bolts down the floor and finds Lauren Greif for a jumper to put the bears up 11-5.

Melanie Balcomb calls timeout.

Both teams look sluggish

Neither team is in a groove early, with bodies flying and balls droping every which way in the first four minutes. Thanks to a Lauren Lueders 3-pointer, the Comodores lead 5-4 at the 15:23 mark.

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No. 12 Bears battle No. 18 Vanderbilt

BERKELEY, Calif - It's a day of morning here at Berkeley after the Bears handed over the axe to Stanford yesterday, but forget about football, it's women's basketball time.

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Jackets Hanging Around

Athens, Ga. --- The score is now 13-11 UGA. The Bulldogs leading scorer is Tasha Humphrey with 7 points. However, she has been remarkably absent since the first timeout in this game.

Tech is now in control of the tempo of this game forcing UGA to play more transition offense, which takes away some of Humphrey's advantage. The Bulldogs are taking many long shots, and not hitting from that range.

Meanwhile, the Jackets plan so far has been to drive straight to the bucket. It will be interesting to see how the contrast between these two plays out the rest of the way.

First Timeout

ATHENS, Ga. - UGA's Tasha Humphrey is ball hawk right now. She is collecting everything that comes off of the glass on both the offensive and defensive ends of the floor. Tech's defense will need to collapse down on her in order to keep the Bulldogs from picking up easy buckets in the post.

The score s now 6-3 UGA with 15:46 to play in the first half.

Tip-Off

ATHENS, Ga. -- Tasha Humphrey started the game off for Georgia by scoring the first four points of the game. The Jackets also started off aggressively, but not on the scoreboard. In the first minute and a a half of the game, Tech picked up three personal fouls.

With 17:30 to play in the first, the score is 4-0 UGA.

Good Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate

Athens, Ga. ---

The above title refers to the namesake of the rivalry between No. 7 Georgia(7-0) and Georgia Tech(5-0). When these two teams get together, it doesn't matter if they are playing horseshoes. The fans and players involved all know what is at stake in such a heated rivalry.

In the stands, the fans have already started chanting back-and-forth: "Yellow!" "Jackets!" "Georgia!" "Bulldogs!"

The host Bulldogs are the favorite in this match-up as they should be in dominating the series against Tech. The Lady Bulldogs are led by senior forward Tasha Humphrey. On the season, she is averaging 16.3 points and 8.7 rebounds per game.

The Lady Jackets will need a top performance out of their senior leader guard Chioma Nnamaka. She has averaged 20 points per game, and is the focus of Tech's scoring.

The game is a little under 15 minutes away, and Stegeman Coliseum is slowly filling in, with what looks to be a decent sized crowd.

November 25, 2007

All-American Defense

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - If you watched these two teams play last year in Cleveland at the Final Four, you pretty much got the gist of what happened when No. 7 Rutgers and No. 6 LSU met at the RAC Sunday.

Defense, defense and lots of defense.

And shoddy shooting.

And turnovers.

And that was just LSU's All-American 6-foot-7 center Sylvia Fowles.

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Coming Up On The Home Stretch

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - With 7:13 to play and the score tied at 40, this is the final stretch of the game.

This is big time. This is where one team will win it and one team will lose it. Who's it going to be?

Kia Vaughn had spent a big portion of the second half on the bench with foul trouble, but came back into the game at the 8:44 mark and the score 38-36 RU.

LSU's Fowles then hit a lay up, followed by an Epiphanny Prince jumper on the other side and a Fowles jumper again to tie the score up at 40, where it stands currently.

Fowles now has 13 points for LSU, while Vaughn has 13 of her own for Rutgers.

Lights Out

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Rutgers has actually extended its lead to 38-33 with 11:54 to go in the game, but it is LSU's Quianna don't-call-me-lights-out-'cause-I'm-not-that Chaney who has taken over.

The senior has 16 points to lead LSU and with the score 38-30, she hit a big three pointer with ice in her veins to bring the Tigers back into the game and pump up her team.

Heather Zurich hit a big three prior to that for Rutgers, her first points of the game, and that was quickly followed by a Rashidat Junaid lay in to make the score 38-30 before the Chaney three.

After an Allison Hightower three, however, the Tigers have got the score back within two at 38-36.

Fowles Goes Out

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Sylvia Fowles has just left the game with 15:05 to play.

The senior center looks to have been poked in the eye and spent several seconds on the ground writing in pain.

She walked off the court by herself and is currently being looked at on the bench.

Only one minute after Fowles went to the bench, she's back in the game. It was just a poke in the eye.

Pass The Shoe And Dunk The Ball

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - A very excited few minutes just ensued which involved a missed dunk, a crowd eruption and a player playing with only one shoe.

Let me explain.

First, LSU point guard Erica White spent at least 20 seconds playing defense while holding on to her shoe which had fallen off. LSU then got the ball back, White still didn't put her shoe back on, and the Tigers passed her the ball. She called timeout with the ball in one hand, the shoe in the other.

A few moments later, an LSU fast break ended when Sylvia Fowles - who became the sixth woman to dunk in a college game in the Tigers' last outing - went up for the one-handed slam with authority. The ball clanked off the back iron for a miss, sending the crowd into glorious jubilation at the senior's misfortune.

With 15:42 to go in the game, Rutgers still leads 33-28.

Grinding It Out At Half

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - At the half, this has been a game of miniature spurts and defense, as predicted.

No. 7 Rutgers is putting on a very good show at home after one frame, shooting 45.5 percent from the field to take a 26-24 lead into the half.

LSU was down as much as 19-13 but clawed its way back into the game on the back of Sylvia Fowles and Quianna Chaney. Chaney and Fowles led the Tigers in the first half with nine points apiece.

For Rutgers, they used excellent defense to smother the Tigers down low and didn't allow Fowles to go off, despite her nine points. She had a very tough go inside with Kia Vaughn on her back.

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The D's Gone Crazy

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Told you this was going to be a defensive effort by both teams.

Rutgers is doing what they do best to the music of 16-11 with 10 minutes to go in the first half.

The Scarlet Knights won't let Sylvia Fowles get the ball down low and are denying the passing lanes at the top of the key, getting their hands on every ball that LSU tries to pass.

On the other end, Fowles is a force down low, grabbing rebounds over the smaller Knights and blocking shots and getting her hands on passes that go across the middle of the lane.

Also for the Tigers, senior guard RaShonta LaBlanc already has stolen two balls at the top of the key for fast-break layups to help bring the Tigers back into the game.

But as I type this, Rutgers' E. Carson hit her second three of the game and the Knights lead 19-13.

Early Knights

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - After five minutes of game play, Rutgers is looking like the team to beat this afternoon. The Scarlet Knights came out with some fire on the defensive and offensive end fueled by Epiphanny Prince scoring three early points including an and one.

Essence Carson also hit a big three from the top of the key and the Scarlet Knights lead early, 10-7.

LSU looks a little shaky turning the ball over, but Sylvia Fowles is still a force inside and she has scored three out of the Tigers' seven.

LSU has missed some open shots early and Rutgers has been solid. But the atmosphere here is electric and you can just tell this will be a game of runs.

Sportin' Red

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Talk about a red river, the Rutgers faithful have come out in droves for this Top 10 matchup between the No. 7 Scarlet Knights and the No. 6 LSU Tigers.

I couldn't find a spot in the parking lot it was so crowded, and that isn't usual at the RAC.

And I don't see many purple and gold supporters the building, either. These are all Knights afficionados.

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Final Four Rematch

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Two Final Four teams from a season ago, who both have early-season losses to Top 10 opponents will sqaure off at the Rutgers Athletic Center for Sunday showdown that's a rematch of one of the national semifinals last season.

Last year in Cleveland, it was the Scarlet Knights who absolutely dominated the LSU Tigers, who were making their fourth consecutive Final Four appearance, to the tune of 59-35, for the honor of losing to Tennessee in the title game.

Fast forwarding to this season where No. 7 Rutgers was humbled at home to current No. 4 Stanford and No. 6 LSU was taken behind the woodshed by No. 3 Maryland in College Park in the WNIT Finals, and you have two teams who strongly need a win over a top-ranked opponent.

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November 23, 2007

FSU holds on to beat Florida

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Round one goes to the Seminoles.

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And it's over

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - FSU has won its fourth game in the last five meetings with the Gators, though this one could have easily gone to the Gators.

The Seminoles won it 81-78 after Florida guard Depree Bowden's desperation three-pointer fell short as time ran out.

A full write-up with stats, player of the game, and what lies ahead for both teams is coming later.

FSU fans can breathe easy

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - FSU forward Jacinta Moore just made a basket, and Florida turned it over on the other end.

FSU is up 80-78 with 5.3 seconds left, and the Seminoles have the ball too.

Less than a minute to go ...

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - FSU is up 78-74 with a timeout on the floor with 57 seconds left.

The Seminoles have the ball after Marshae Dotson's layup trimmed the lead back down to four.

Not so fast ...

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - It looks like I spoke too soon.

Florida just reeled off a pair of baskets in 30 seconds to cut the lead to 76-71. Sha Brooks is heading to the line to try and convert an and-1 to make it a 4-point game.

FSU pulling away

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - With 2:08 left, the Seminoles are in control.

Florida State leads host Florida 76-67.

The Seminoles went on a 9-0 run to take a 74-64 lead before Sha Brooks ended the streak with a three-pointer.

It looks like the Gators will have to start fouling. FSU is a 66 percent free-throw shooting team.

Seminoles get lead back

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Those in attendance waiting for tonight's men's basketball game are getting a pretty good show from Florida and Florida State's women's teams.

FSU has surged back into the lead, taking a 61-57 edge with 10:35 left in the second half.

Florida's offense, which looked unstoppable near the end of the first half, has hit a speed bump.

The Seminoles haven't been able to miss lately, hitting threes and driving to the basket.

FSU creeps back

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Tanae Davis-Cain has scored 8 points in the first four minutes of the second half, upping her total for the game to 22, and cutting the Gators' lead to 48-47.

FSU is going to the line to try and get the lead back with 15:41 to go.

Florida up at the half

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - While everyone in the press room has their eyes glued on Arkansas-LSU, here's a halftime update on the Florida-Florida State women's basketball game:

Florida is up 41-37 after a nice flurry to end the first half.

Junior forward Marshae Dotson leads the Gators with 16 points and six rebounds while Depree Bowden has added 11 points on 3-of-4 shooting from beyond the arc.

Florida State guard Tanae Davis-Cain has a team-leading 14 points on 14 shot attempts.

The second half could continue to go Florida's way if they keep scoring well on fast breaks. If the game reverts back to a defensive duel like it did early in the first half, look for FSU to regain the lead.

Either way, it's clear this one is not over yet.

Bowden, Davis-Cain running the show

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Florida senior Depree Bowden swished a three-pointer, grinned a wide smile and started high stepping back on defense.

Bowden's second three in a row gave Florida a 32-27 lead with 3:52 left in the first half, as the Gators look to snap a string of three losses in four meetings to hated rival Florida State.

FSU junior Tanae Davis-Cain is trying to stop that from happening. She has scored six of FSU's last eight points as this game has turned into a fast-paced affair.

Florida wakes up

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Now we have a game on our hands.

The Gators are on an 11-2 run and now lead 20-19 with 7:50 remaining in the first half.

Coach Amanda Butler's lineup changes worked, as Florida is scoring in transition and getting easy fast-break points.

The crowd is slowly growing as fans are entering the O'Connell Center for the anticipated 8 p.m. men's basketball game between the Gators and Seminoles.

FSU wakes up

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Well, at least one team is getting something going.

The Seminoles have scored 8 straight points to take a 15-9 lead with 11:24 left in the first half against the Gators.

Jacinta Moore, who at 6-4 is the tallest player on the court, has found open space inside for a couple of easy baskets.

The Gators have failed to penetrate the FSU defense so far, but they are bringing in a small lineup now, so we'll see if that can spark something.

Florida, FSU starting slow

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Perhaps everyone is still sleeping off some Thanksgiving turkey.

Florida leads Florida State 7-5 early as the teams are playing what pro-active fans would call "a defensive battle."

From an unbiased perspective, neither team is in a rhythm on offense and most of the points have come from jacking three-pointers.

We'll see if either team gets its energy back after the first TV timeout.

Tipoff upcoming at Florida State-Florida

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The Gators and Seminoles are set to get it on in the first of three rivalry matchups in three sports over the next 24 hours.

Before they meet in men's basketball and football, the women's hoops teams will play at the O'Connell Center starting momentarily.

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November 21, 2007

Vols too good for West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- It may go down as the night women's basketball was reborn in West Virginia but it was a painful birth for the Mountaineers.

Playing before a crowd of 10,677 fans in the Civic Center downtown in the state's capital, the No. 16 Mountaineers found out that they are not yet ready for prime time players as Tennessee's superior height, quickness and strength wore them down, 67-49.

"I'd rather rather play before five fans and win," said a disappointed WVU coach Mike Carey.

It was No. 1 and defending national champion Tennessee's fourth straight victory this season while WVU fell to 3-1.

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Vols pulling away

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- No. 1 Tennessee used a smoothering defense and a whole lot of offense from Candace Parker to pull away from No. 16 West Virginia in the second half before a crowd of 10, 677, the largest crowd ever to see a women's basketball game in the state.

Parker had scored 25 points and grabbed down 13 minutes with eight minutes to go, lifting Tennesee to a 57-39 lead.

Tennessee was dominating the game with its defense, forcing WVU into hurried shots and turnovers. The Vols were turning those turnovers into easy points.

Vols take control

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- For a moment, late in the first half, West Virginia's upstart women's basketball team had the nation's No. 1 team and defending national champion, Tennessee, reeling.

What had been a 12-point at 24-12, had been cut into by the Mountaineers, a spurt that led to eight straight ponts on four baskets in just under three minutes of play.

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The new kid on the block

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November 18, 2007

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.

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Toliver and No. 3 Terps take down LSU

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -Last year the Maryland Terrapins women's basketball team could not come through in the big game. They lost to rivals North Carolina and Duke twice each, and failed to make any noise in the NCAA Tournament, losing to Ole Miss in the second round.

This season is already different story.

A week after defeating then-No. 6 Oklahoma, the No. 3 Terps (5-0) earned another definitive early-season win, pummeling the No. 4 LSU Lady Tigers 75-63, en route to capturing the Pre-Season WNIT championship at Comcast Center.

"Just a special win for us," Terrapins head coach Brenda Frese said. "We talked about having twice as much fun, and I thought we worked twice as hard in this game. I'm just so proud of the champions we have in this locker room."

Maryland junior point guard Kristi Toliver scored 23 points, dished out seven assists, and garnered tournament MVP honors. She scored 25 points Friday night in a win against Notre Dame which got the Terps to the championship game.

"I thought I was in a WNBA game for a while, the way [Toliver] just kept pulling up and making shots," said LSU head coach Van Chancellor, who won four WNBA titles with the Houston Comets. "I'm really impressed with her."

The Terrapins were without the services of All-American center Crystal Langhorne, but senior Jade Perry picked up the slack and gave fits to LSU's own All- American, Sylvia Fowles. After the game Frese called Perry "the strongest player in the country."

While Fowles scored her typical 24 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, she struggled to take over the game much to do with the way Perry battled her.

"It's just something different about their post players, putting the ball on the floor, finishing around the bucket or even stepping out from the block," Fowles said. "That's something I had to go up against tonight that was kind of different."

LSU stuck with the Terps throughout the first half, entering the locker room facing just a two-point deficit. The Lady Tigers gained the lead early in the second half, but a 16-1 Terrapin run created some separation. The Terps cruised through most of the second half with a double-digit lead, thanks in part to forward Laura Harper's 14 points after the break.

LSU was a bit out of their element all game. The Lady Tigers usually focus on getting the ball inside and scoring from the post, but instead, they jacked up 25 three-point field goals. Guard Quianna Chaney hit four of them, but took 12 attempts, and shot the ball a total of 22 times to score her 23 points.

Chancellor took the blame for the questionable style of play his team exhibited.

"I promise you this much, you put this one in the bank, we're going to get a lot better," Chancellor said. "LSU right now is poorly, poorly coached."

The veteran coach also had his own predictions about Maryland.

"This team is capable of winning a national championship or playing for one if they keep playing like this," he said. "They were pretty good today."

Meanwhile, LSU has a lot of work to do if it wants to reach its fifth straight Final Four.

They were exposed by Maryland and the talented point guard Toliver whose coach called her "Agent Two-zero" after the game, referencing Toliver's number 20 jersey and her similarity of play to Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas.

"So far we've been pretty consistent," Toliver said. "The only team that can beat us is ourselves, and we're just going out there and playing hard every game."

Final From College Park

Maryland Terrapins- 75

LSU Lady Tigers- 62

Terps improve to 5-0, while Tigers are now 3-1.

More on this game later.


Preseason WNIT All Tournament Team:

Charel Allen (ND)
Allyssa DeHaan (MSU)
Sylvia Fowles (LSU)
Quianna Chaney (LSU)
Jade Perry (MD)
MVP: Kristi Toliver (MD)

That Kind of Day

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Kristi Toliver just took a deep jump shot that bounced up off the rim, rolled around, and in. She leads the Terps with 21 now. Maryland is ahead of LSU 73-59 with under 3 minutes remaining.

Tigers in Trouble???

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -Sylvia Fowles just hit a jump shot to stop what was a 16-1 Maryland run. LSU took the lead right after intermission, but the Terps spent no time in getting it back. Right now, they are clicking on all cylinders.

Terps up 13 points.

Too much Excitement

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -Marissa Coleman hit a lay-up while getting fouled, and let her excitement get the best of her. Coleman started yelling, then bumped into a group of LSU players, earning her a technical foul.

Tigers guard Erica White made the second of two free-throws resulting from Coleman's technical.

Coleman hit her free-throw from the initial play.

The Terps lead the Tigers 46-41.

Lady Vols pressure hurting Texas

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- No. 1 Tennessee has used a dominating defensive effort in the first half to jump on top of No. 21 Texas 51-32 at the half. The Lady Vols have foced 18 Texas turnovers in the opening 20 minutes.

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Half-Time Update

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -Maryland head coach Brenda Frese has to be happy about the way her team is playing without Crystal Langhorne.

Going into the half, the Terps lead LSU 34-32

Starting for the injured Langhorne (who did not dress today), was Jade Perry, who chipped in 10 first-half points and grabbed five rebounds.

The Terps have not, however, done a good job of taking care of the basketball. Give credit to LSU's guards for pressuring the Terps into nine turnovers so far.

And on offense for the Lady Tigers, it's all Quianna Chaney (game-high 16 points), who has been anything but gun-shy. Chaney is 6-for-13 from the field including a 4-for-8 mark from beyond the arc. Chaney is getting open looks and not hesitating to take them. She is also the only player on either side to play all 20 minutes.

It will be interesting to see how Frese and LSU coach Van Chancellor adjust at the half.

Toliver Taking Over

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Quick update on the top scorers...

Maryland point guard Kristi Toliver leads the game with 11 points. She also has four rebounds and three assists.

For LSU, Quianna Chaney has 10 points while Sylvia Fowles has 7.

Who's watching?

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - A decent crowd showed up at Comcast Center for LSU/Maryland considering the elements. Tickets were put on sale very late due to the nature of the tournament.

Also, it's a Sunday in November and both local NFL teams, the Ravens and the Redskins play this afternoon.
The student section here is almost empty and the rest of the arena is about half-full.

Texas' turnovers costly early on

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- Texas' 10 early turnovers have helped Tennessee jump out to an early 30-10 lead in Knoxville. Texas has only three made baskets, and is finding it difficult to set up against the Lady Vols suffocating full court press.

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No Langhorne

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -The Terps' starting lineup was just announced and no Langhorne to be seen. Senior forward Jade Perry will start in her place this afternoon. Perry has averaged 8.5 points per game thus far and leads Maryland with 9.5 rebounds each contest.

Parker dominating early on

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- Candace Parker is continuing her strong play this season. The All-American has outscored Texas 11-4 in the first four minutes of Sunday's game between Tennessee and Texas.

Texas has turned the ball over five times in seven possessions.

Pre-season WNIT Final Coming up...

COLLEGE PARK, Md- Before the season, when this LSU/Maryland match-up was a possibility, everyone probably looked to the All-American center battle between Crystal Langhorne and Sylvia Fowles.

That one-on-one clash is hardly the story of this game though.

First off, Langhorne is nursing a foot injury and has only played one game so far—scoring just two points against Oklahoma. She is questionable for the game today.

Secondly, even if Langhorne does play, it is unlikely she will be covering Fowles on the defensive end. Expect the 6-foot-4-inch Laura Harper to draw that unenviable task.

The real match-up to watch is between swing players Quianna Chaney of LSU and Marissa Coleman of Maryland--each of whom do a little bit of everything for their respective teams.

The Lady Tigers have not given up more than 54 points yet this season. That will likely change today. Expect a high-scoring affair, because the Terrapins like to run, and LSU should have no problem keeping up.

It may be the finals of the preseason WNIT, but neither of these teams will be showing up in the postseason WNIT. Each has its own realistic goal of reaching the Final Four. LSU has done it four straight years, while Maryland is trying to build a legacy of its own.

Battle of the UTs in Knoxville

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- No. 1 Tennessee is looking to make a statement against the nation's other UT, No. 21 Texas this afternoon at Thompson-Boling arena.

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November 16, 2007

Nothing But Positive

TAMPA - Only one team can win, but tonight at the St. Pete Times Forum, home of the 2008 Final Four, everybody left winners.

Sure, No. 1 Tennessee ultimately pulled out this nailbiter by the final score of 70-67, but Oklahoma proved while their talent came up short tonight, their heart never faltered.

"I'm incredibly proud of our team," coach Sherri Coale said after the game. "I thought we played very hard. It could have easily gotten away from us and they didn't let it happen. I thought our young guys just handled the grand stage and the pressure and everything that goes with it beautifully and I am really thankful that we had this opportunity to face this team here in November."

The other big winner tonight? The game of women's basketball.

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November 15, 2007

Parker Over Paris

TAMPA - Candace Parker asserted her dominance over Courtney Paris in a two possession span.

First, Parker went up for an offensive rebound with Paris and simply grabbed the ball out of Paris' grasps like a grown up taking candy from a baby. Parker then did a nifty dribble and went back up for the score.

Then, at the other end, when Paris tried to answer with a lay in of her own, Parker came flying out of nowhere to emphatically block the shot. OK, so the refs called a foul, but everyone in the arena, including Oklahoma got the point.

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Bicep Curls

TAMPA - Shannon Bobbit just drove the lane, made a sick move and layed it in over two people - keep in mind she's 5-foot-3 - and was fouled.

For her effort, Candace Parker ran over to the miniscule point guard and lifted her with two hands underneath her armpits. Basically, Parker did a bicep curl with Bobbitt as her free weight.

Meanwhile, OU keeps punching back, with Jenna Plumley, OU's version of a little person, nailing a big-time 3-pointer to tie up the score.

And back on the other side of the court, Bobbitt knocked down another three. Where would Tennessee be without Bobbitt this half? Try down as many as 12 points, as the tiny PG has three big threes, a two and a foul shot already and has amassed 17 points on the night at Tennessee leads, 48-47, with 13:28 to play.

Trading Up

TAMPA - Out of the gates at halftime, two different teams seem to be playing in this game.

Tennessee's Shannon Bobbitt has already nailed two threes and Ashley Paris, Danielle Robinson and Amanda Thompson are helping OU stay competitive with Courtney Paris in foul trouble.

In fact, staying competitive isn't all the Sooners are doing, they are winning, 42-40.

Both teams came out of the break firing on more cylinders then when they left, with Oklahoma seemingly scoring on every possession.

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Crazy Finish

TAMPA - With time running out on the first half, Candace Parker stole a pass, ran to the corner and put up a shot with the buzzer sounding.

The shot never made it to the rim, but you could hear the whistle for the foul in between the buzzer. Parker was fouled by Amanda Thompson shooting a three pointer, and for her effort, received three free throw attempts, hitting two, to give the Lady Vols a 32-29 halftime lead.

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Turning Tide

TAMPA - Tennessee has the lead. Courtney Paris has three fouls. Things are starting to go sour for Oklahoma, who once led 14-8.

Paris went out of the game with her third at the five minute mark and Candace Parker is just being Candace Parker for the Vols.

Tennessee needs to find some scoring elsewhere, Parker has 12 of their 24, but it just looks like no matter what the Sooners do, Tennessee is just a step better.

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Three Freshman For OU

TAMPA - The Oklahoma Sooners are leading the Tennessee Lady Vols, the No. 1 in the land, 18-14, with under eight minutes to play in the first half.

At one point, three freshman were in the game at the same time for OU. Danielle Robinson, Carlee Roethlisberger and Jenny Vining made up three-fifths of a lineup that also included junior Ashley Paris and sophomore Abi Olajwon against the best team in the country.

Needless to say, UT came back on OU during this time, especially with Courtney Paris on the bench with two fouls, but the Sooners still do keep the lead with Vining banking home a three pointer from the top of the key to expand the lead to its current state.

CP3 X2

TAMPA - Your CP3 update.

With 11:25 to play in the first half and the score 14-8 Oklahoma, Courtney Paris has half of the Sooners points. Candace Parker has all eight for Tennessee.

I think it is safe to say that the court belongs to the two players with the same initials and number, the rest of the players are just trying to tread water in their wake.

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Buckled Down

TAMPA - Tennessee senior guard Alexis Hornbuckle went out of the game at the 18:14 mark with two fouls.

The early score is Oklahoma 7, Tennessee 4. Or should I say it's Courtney Paris 7, Tennessee 4. The Vols can't stop Paris inside. She's getting all the missed shots for rebounds and put backs.

The Lady Vols will need to handle the ball better than they have so far, with three turnovers right out of the gate. Candace Parker, herself, has made some questionable decisions and has taken a few inadvisable shots early.

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Two Of The Four?

TAMPA - As game two of the ESPNU Invitational gets set to begin between the No. 1 Tennessee Lady Vols and the No. 9 Oklahoma Sooners, one must wonder if Tampa will see these two teams again.

With the Final Four being played at the St. Pete Times Forum here in Tampa in April, the Lady Vols and Sooners will look to get the feel of the arena. Because at least the Lady Vols plan on being here again, looking for their eighth national title.

This game's storyline is apparent. Candace Parker vs. Courtney Paris. CP3's go head to head.

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November 04, 2007

Team USA takes halftime lead

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- Tennessee stayed close for much of the first half but a late surge by the U.S. National Team put Team USA up 38-29 at the half. Former Connecticut star Diana Taurasi has 15 to lead all scorers against her former rivals.

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November 01, 2007

From Downtown Goes Live

NEW YORK - Welcome fans of women's college basketball to From Downtown, your home for live in-game coverage of the best matchups across the country.

We'll be blogging live from the places that rule women's college basketball. Whether it's seeing the Lady Vols in Knoxville, the Huskies in Storrs, Conn., or Candice Wiggins in Palo Alto, Calif., From Downtown will be there covering the action.

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