KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee satisfied its toughest critic
-- coach Pat Summitt.
Shanna Zolman scored 23 points and Tye'sha Fluker had 15 points
and eight rebounds to lead No. 1 Tennessee to a 107-39 victory over
The win came five days after a victory over Louisiana Tech that
left Summitt critical of her team's performance.
"I think they talked about some things since the Louisiana Tech
game," she said. "I was extremely disappointed with how we played
[against Louisiana Tech], but I'm extremely proud tonight."
Tennessee (10-0) shot 59.7 percent from the floor, hit 11-of-15
shots from 3-point range and out-rebounded Princeton 52-22.
"We came out here and just stressed playing with a lot of
energy and a lot of emotion, which made the game fun for 40
minutes," guard Alexis Hornbuckle said.
Princeton (6-4) shot 29.3 percent from the floor, 4-of-23 from
Hornbuckle and Dominique Redding had 12 points each and Sidney
Spencer 11 for the Lady Vols. Candace Parker led the team with 10
Becky Brown scored 12 points on 6-of-7 shooting for Princeton in
its first game against the Lady Vols.
"Tonight our main focus was to get back to playing Tennessee
basketball, with rebounding, defense and playing with a lot of
energy," Zolman said. "That's what we did."
It was Princeton coach Richard Barron's return to Knoxville,
where he attended high school and where his parents still live.
Tennessee's victory came a day after starting guard Sa'de
Wiley-Gatewood announced she was leaving the team. Wiley-Gatewood,
a sophomore, started eight of nine games and was the team's
In her absence, Fluker started her fourth game at center and
Hornbuckle started at guard. Hornbuckle and Wiley-Gatewood had
shared the point guard job.
Tennessee started pulling away five minutes into the game. The
Lady Vols led 12-8 with 16 minutes left in the half and went on a
12-0 run. Two free throws by Fluker gave the Lady Vols a 24-8 lead
with 10:46 left in the half. Their lead grew to 20 when Parker
scored a fast-break layup with 6:42 to play in the half.
Fluker's two foul shots with 1:07 left in the half gave the Lady
Vols a 47-17 lead.
Tennessee opened the second half with a 13-2 run. Hornbuckle's
drive and layup gave the Lady Vols a 60-21 lead with 16:24 to play.
"Obviously I'm very pleased with the intensity, the enthusiasm
on the bench and everyone who got on the court," Summitt said.
"We played well together."