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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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 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.

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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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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Tennessee continues to build lead over Texas

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- Midway through the second half No. 1 Tennessee holds a 80-50 lead over No. 21 Texas. The Lady Vols have continued to force Texas to turn the ball over resulting in 38 points.

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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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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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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.

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 tops Lady Vols

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- Diana Taurasi was a thorn in the side of the Lady Vols while she was at Connecticut and she continued her strong play against Tennessee in the U.S. National Team's 83-72 victory Sunday afternoon.

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Bobbitt's three cuts U.S. lead to six

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- Tennessee's Shannon Bobbitt nailed a three from the right corner to cut the U.S. National Team's lead to 73-67 with 4:30 remaining.

Team USA stretches lead over Lady Vols

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- The U.S. National Team used a 6-0 run to stretch the lead to 72-61 over Tennessee with six minutes remaining. Tennessee's Candace Parker has 15 second half points and helped the Lady Vols get the lead down to five, but turnovers have helped the U.S.'s cause.

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Taurasi picks up her third foul

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- Diana Taurasi, a thorn in the side of the Lady Vols for much of the game, recently picked up her third foul of the game. Taurasi leads the U.S. National team with 20 points, which has seemed to have gotten under the skin of many of the Tennessee fans. After each of Taurasi's fouls the Tennessee fans have stood and cheered loudly.

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Freshmen help Lady Vols keep it close

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- Tennessee returns four of its five starters from the National Championship team, but it's the freshmen that are helping the Lady Vols stay close against the U.S. National Team. Sydney Smallbone and Angie Bjorklund have combined for 14 of Tennessee's 18 points so far and have knocked down four of five three-point shots. The U.S. National Team leads 21-18.

Lady Vols struggling early on

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- Tennessee may be the best college team in the country, but they are struggling early on against the U.S. National Team. Four minutes into the game the Lady Vols have four turnovers and only three points as they trail 9-3.

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Lady Vols look to take down Team USA

Knoxville, Tenn.- The No. 1 Tennessee Lady Vols host the United States National Team Sunday afternoon in their first game since winning the 2007 National Championship.

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