Lady Vols hold off Maryland behind Parker, Hornbuckle

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) -- Tennessee underestimated Maryland at the Paradise Jam, and the Terps nearly made the Lady Vols pay.

Candace Parker and Alexis Hornbuckle each scored 19 points as Tennessee (No. 1 ESPN/USA Today, No. 2 AP) rallied to a 80-75 victory over No. 10 Maryland at the Paradise Jam on Saturday night.

"They're a really great team. I don't think we knew what we were getting into," Hornbuckle said. "I knew it was going to be a shootout."

Sidney Spencer added 13 points and Parker finished with eight rebounds for the Lady Vols (5-0).

Crystal Langhorne had 19 points and 11 rebounds for Maryland (4-1). Marissa Coleman scored 16 and sophomore Laura Harper finished with 13 points and 12 rebounds.

"I think we match up really well against them. We'd love to see them again," Langhorne said.

Coleman scored to give Maryland a 42-41 lead in the second half, and the Terps moved out to a 51-46 advantage when Harper made two free throws with 13:10 left. Ashleigh Newman added a foul shot to extend the lead.

Tennessee battled back and regained the lead at 64-63 on Sa'de Wiley-Gatewood's jumper with six minutes left.

The Lady Vols led by three points with two minutes left and tried to run down the clock. Coleman was called for an over-and-back violation after a steal, and Wiley-Gatewood was whistled for a foul after a Tennessee miss, putting Kristi Toliver
at the line.

Toliver made both free throws, pulling the Terps within 76-75.

Shanna Zolman missed a long field-goal attempt and Maryland had possession with 5.3 seconds left.

Spencer stole the inbounds pass and was fouled. She made both free throws and Maryland's ensuing inbounds pass flew into the stands with two seconds left.

Parker was fouled on the following inbounds pass and made two free throws to help close out the win.

"This is significant. They pulled this game out. They could have lost this game but they found a way to win," Tennessee coach Pat Summitt said.

"We lost our composure. We played really dumb at times. We get everybody's best shot and that's just what I told them. We had a history lesson last night and the history of how people play against us," she said.

Maryland coach Brenda Frese said her young team learned a lot from the game.

"I'm really proud of our heart. We had a great defensive effort," she said. "We're going to build on this. We're still very young. Having 24 turnovers is just way too much."