Chattanooga 50

(1-2, 0-2 away)

Tennessee 92

(2-0, 2-0 home)

    7:00 PM ET, November 21, 2005

    1 2 T
    CHAT 23 2750
    TENN 46 4692

    Strong Lady Vols give glimpse of season to come 

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Chattanooga coach Wes Moore got a sneak peek at the Tennessee Lady Vols (No. 1 ESPN/USA Today, No. 2 AP) this summer. Nothing surprised him on Monday.

    Shanna Zolman scored 20 points and Candace Parker added 14 points and nine rebounds in Tennessee's 92-50 victory over Chattanooga.

    "It's one of Pat's best teams ever," Moore said. "You take a Final Four team and add Candace Parker."

    The win was Tennessee's 14th straight over the Lady Mocs (1-2) from its sister school in the university system about 100 miles south.

    The Lady Vols (2-0), who beat Stetson 83-33 in their opener Sunday night, were playing in back-to-back games to prepare for the three-day Paradise Jam in St. Thomas later this week. They face No. 9 Michigan State on Thursday.

    Parker, who won a dunk contest for McDonald's high school All-Americans in 2004, sat out last season to recover from two knee surgeries. She had chances to dunk several times in the opener but didn't get as close Monday night.

    Because Chattanooga would not have time to review tape from the Stetson game, Tennessee coach Pat Summitt invited Moore to watch some summer workouts. He saw Parker dunk in one drill.

    "I've been worried about that for six months," he said.

    The teams were even in the opening minutes until the Lady Vols broke a tie and went ahead on a 10-0 run that included two 3-pointers by Zolman.

    Tennessee pushed its lead to 12 and then put the game away with a 17-2 run to go up 42-17 with three minutes left before halftime. The Lady Vols opened the second half with a 14-2 run to stretch the lead to 35.

    Chattanooga was led by Katasha Brown with 11 points, and Alex Anderson and Tiffani Roberson each had 10 points.

    Sybil Dosty added 11 rebounds for the Lady Vols. Zolman shot 4-of-9 from beyond the arc.

    The Lady Vols had the rebounding edge, 50-30.

    Summitt used all 11 players in various combinations, and everyone scored at least four points apiece.

    "After our game Sunday I just said we can't play 11 people unless 11 people are going to play a certain way and bring a lot of energy," Summitt said. "I was pleased with the overall intensity. I thought the energy was good one through 11."

    Tennessee lost to Michigan State 68-64 in the national semifinals last season after squandering a 16-point lead.

    "We're as ready as we can be. It's still early and we're still growing," Summitt said.

    Parker appeared to hurt her knee in the first half when she was fouled and fell, but she was on the bench for only a short time.

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