Lady Monarchs Defeated By No. 1 Lady Vols, 83-67
By ODU Athletics
Jan. 2, 2006
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Shanna Zolman scored 23 points and Nicky Anosike added 17 to lead top-ranked Tennessee to an 83-67 win over Old Dominion on Monday night.
The Lady Vols (13-0) led nearly the entire game, but Old Dominion made them work for their 10th straight victory in the series.
The Lady Monarchs (2-7), coming off an 88-80 overtime loss to fifth-ranked North Carolina last week, were scrappy and aggressive, but couldn't do enough defensively despite shooting 46 percent (28-of-61).
Tennessee shot 52 percent (26-of-50) from the floor and went 24-of-28 from the foul line. Old Dominion had only seven chances at the line and made six.
Zolman rallied from scoring five points and making one of seven shots from the floor in Tennessee's 62-51 win at then-No. 12 Notre Dame on New Year's Eve. The senior from Syracuse, Ind., was playing in front of hundreds of hometown fans.
Against Old Dominion, she was 6-of-10 from the floor and 3-of-5 from beyond the arc. Alexis Hornbuckle added 14 points and Candace Parker had 10.
The Lady Monarchs were led by T.J. Jordan with 17 points. She was 0-of-13 shooting in last year's game as a freshman. Sherida Triggs added 16 points and Shahida Williams had 10 for Old Dominion, which has the toughest schedule in the country according to the latest RPI.
The Lady Vols were ahead by 18 early in the second half when Old Dominion rallied with a 16-6 run. Jordan had consecutive 3s during the spurt, and Lawona Davis scored four points to cut it to 61-53.
Tennessee stretched it to 12, but Old Dominion trimmed it in half after two baskets by Paula Muxiri and a pair of free throws by Triggs. That was as close as the Lady Monarchs would get as Zolman hit a 3 and then sank two foul shots to restore the double-digit lead with 6:18 left.
Old Dominion grabbed the lead early but could not extend it beyond three points. After Triggs' putback with 8:32 left that put the Lady Monarchs ahead 23-21, the Lady Vols regained the lead with an 18-4 run started by Hornbuckle's 3.
Hornbuckle scored eight points during the spurt. Jordan ended the rally with a 3, but the Lady Vols responded with Lindsey Moss' 3-pointer and Parker's steal and breakaway layup to stretch the lead to 44-30.
Parker was far ahead of the trailing defender and had a wide open look at the basket but let the ball roll off her fingers into the cylinder.
Fans have been waiting for Parker to get her first collegiate dunk. The redshirt freshman dunked in high school and won the McDonald's high school All-American dunk contest.