Lady Vols heat up at UCLA
Posted: Monday, December 19, 2011 7:02 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tennessee set a new standard in the first 16 minutes Saturday when it comes to hot shooting.
The No. 6 Lady Vols stunned the UCLA women by making 18 of their first 20 shots — many from long range — in rolling to an 85-64 triumph over the dazed Bruins before a sellout crowd of 2,025 at the John Wooden Center.
As might be expected, Tennessee cooled off a bit, shooting just under 70 percent (36-of-52) behind a balanced attack in which all five starters scored in double figures.
“Obviously we shot the ball really, really well,” coach Pat Summitt said after the Lady Vols threatened to break the school record of 72.1 percent shooting against Old Dominion on Jan. 4, 1989 before cooling off.
“When you shoot like that, you feel good. I think that gave them a lot more energy and a lot more confidence.”
Meighan Simmons scored 18 points; Glory Johnson added 17; Vicki Baugh had 14 points and 12 rebounds; Taber Spani scored all 14 of her points in the first half; and Shekinna Stricklen added 11 despite dealing with an illness for Tennessee.
“It was awesome, it was exciting to see,” associate head coach Holly Warlick said. “It was a special day for everybody. We got stops when we needed to, we played well together, we distributed the basketball.”
Published in The Messenger 12.19.11