STANFORD, Calif. (AP) -- More than once in this young season, Pat
Summitt has asked herself why she scheduled so many talented teams
in the opening month.
It has resembled an NCAA tournament run for unbeaten Tennessee
with four teams ranked in the top-16, and the Lady Vols have calmly
handled each challenge.
Well, most of the time at least.
"I didn't feel calm out there," said Summitt, in her 32nd
season in Knoxville. "When I looked at the schedule, I thought
'What have I done?"
Candace Parker had 21 points, 12 rebounds, three steals, two
assists and a blocked shot, and the second-ranked Lady Vols ended
No. 12 Stanford's 23-game home winning streak with a hard-fought
74-67 victory Sunday.
The Cardinal's streak in Maples Pavilion started immediately
after their 70-66 overtime loss to Tennessee on Dec. 14, 2003, then
it was the Lady Vols who spoiled things again with a late
second-half run to beat Stanford for the 10th straight time dating
to a 1996 Cardinal win.
"Our team thrives under pressure," Parker said. "This was my
first experience playing away. It kind of pumps you up when the
fans are cheering. We came out and did what we had to."
After Kristen Newlin's basket with 6:05 left pulled Stanford to
52-51, Tennessee took over. Shanna Zolman also scored 21 points for
the Lady Vols (7-0), who are determined to make an early statement
this season after blowing a 16-point lead to Michigan State in the
second half of the national semifinals last March.
Newlin finished with a career-high 20 points and had 10 rebounds
for Stanford (4-2), which made too many mistakes in crunch time to
pull off an upset.
A sellout crowd came out to witness the first college showdown
between Candace and Candice -- Tennessee's Parker and Stanford
sophomore sensation Candice Wiggins, the reigning Pac-10 player of
The two have been playing against each other since middle school
in tournaments across the country and also were teammates on the
U.S. junior national team, and they call each other "Ice and
"Ace" as a reference to the spellings of their first names.
Parker was in uniform but didn't play against Stanford in a
last-second 70-67 Tennessee win last season during her redshirt
year as she recovered from two surgeries on her troublesome left
"It was good to see her out there playing again," Wiggins
said. "She's very versatile in the post. She's pretty much the
Wiggins had 16 points, five rebounds, four assists, two steals
and two blocks but also committed eight turnovers.
Brooke Smith scored nine points after missing all four of her
first-half field goals and making only one free throw, but
committed several crucial turnovers down the stretch and also
missed an open layup. She had five turnovers in all. Both Newlin
and Smith looked tired late in the game.
"I missed some shots I should have made," Smith said.
Clare Bodensteiner's baseline 3 with 16:35 to play began a 10-2
spurt by Stanford that also featured a 3 by Krista Rappahahn from
the same spot and back-to-back layups by Wiggins off steals, the
first by Bodensteiner and the next when Wiggins sneaked behind
Parker to take the ball away on the way to a 40-39 lead with 14:50
Tennessee began the second half 3-for-13, two of those field
goals by Nicky Anosike, while the Cardinal made six of their first
nine shots in the final 20 minutes, but the Lady Vols made 12 of 17
free throws and grabbed nine of their 14 offensive rebounds after
Tennessee has also beaten ranked opponents in Michigan State,
Maryland and No. 16 Texas after a 102-61 win over the Longhorns on
Freshman forward Jillian Harmon gave the Cardinal a boost with
her rebounding effort in the first half -- getting in position on
the boards was a top priority from coach Tara VanDerveer coming
into the game on the heels of a 109-58 victory at Pacific on
Harmon had five boards and Stanford wound up getting
"The best thing is people feel really disappointed and hurt by
the loss," VanDerveer said. "We're not excited to be close. ...
We were there, we just needed to do a little bit more. At points we
had them on the ropes a little bit, but we didn't throw any
Tennessee led at the half 35-28.