#2 Lady Vols Rally to Defeat #25 Lady Monarchs, 74-62
KNOXVILLE, TN- With Old Dominion leading by five midway in the second half second ranked Tennessee went on a 32-15 run to hold off the Lady Monarchs upset bid, 74-62. 25th ranked ODU is now 7-5, while the Lady Vols are 12-1.
Tennessee led by as many as 11 in the first half, but Old Dominion rallied as Okiesha Howard (Va. Beach, Va.) scored ten points and the Lady Monarch bench contributed 14 to cut Tennessee's lead to three, 37-34 at halftime.
In the second half, Hamchetou Maiga (Bamako, Mali) tied the game at 42 with 13:56 left. ODU then took the lead, 45-42 on a three-pointer by Okiesha Howard. Sharron Francis then scored to put the Lady Monarchs up five, 47-42 with 12:47 left in the game.
Tennessee rallied as Tasha Butts hit two free throws to tie the game at 50 with 9:21 left. Butts then put the Lady Vols up for good, 53-52 with 8 minutes remaining. The Lady Monarchs would not go down quietly as sophomore Myriah Spence (Espanola, NM.) hit a trey to cut the lead to two, 58-56 with 5:32 left, but Tennessee would then outscore the Lady Monarchs 16-6 to hold on for the win as both ODU standouts Lucienne Berthieu (Rennes, France) and Hamchetou Maiga would foul out in that stretch.
Old Dominion shot .397 from the floor (25-63), committed 16 turnovers, while the Lady Vols shot .412 from the floor, committed 22 turnovers, but won the battle of the boards, 46-27 and outshot ODU from the free throw line with 29 of 36 for 80 percent. The Lady Monarchs took only 14 shots, hitting nine for .643.
Okiesha Howard led the Lady Monarchs with 15 points and Maiga added ten. Tennessee was led by Michelle Snow with 19 points and nine rebounds, while Tasha Butts came off the bench to scored 16 and haul in seven boards.
Old Dominion returns to action on Friday night at Delaware for a 7 p.m. contest in Newark, DE..