(1) Tennessee 80

(18-0, 4-0 SEC)

(19) Vanderbilt 68

(13-5, 2-2 SEC)

    8:00 PM ET, January 19, 2006

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    #1TENN 32 4880
    #19VAN 37 3168

    Top Performers

    Tennessee: S. Zolman 16 Pts, 1 Reb

    Vanderbilt: C. Williams 21 Pts, 7 Reb

    Summitt gets win No. 900 as Tennessee rallies for win

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Pat Summitt preferred to focus on beating Vanderbilt. For her Tennessee players, helping the NCAA's winningest coach get her 900th victory was a lasting memory.

    "No one in the whole world except the 10 of us that are left can say they've played for a coach who's won 900 games," sophomore Nicky Anosike said. "I'm just happy to be a part of it."

    Most Division I wins
    Coach Program Wins
    Pat Summitt Tennessee (women) 900
    Dean Smith North Carolina (men) 879
    Jody Conradt Texas (women) 878
    Adolph Rupp Kentucky (men) 876

    Shanna Zolman led five Lady Vols in double figures with 16 points, and top-ranked Tennessee rallied from its biggest deficit this season in beating No. 19 Vanderbilt 80-68 Thursday night, giving Summitt her 900th win in her first shot at the milestone.

    On the occasion, Summitt, who ran her record to 900-172 in 32 seasons at Tennessee, remembered when she started coaching when the Lady Vols traveled by vans instead of buses and planes.

    "Yours truly right here drove the van. If we took two vans, one was the luggage, the other was the players. Typically, they didn't like to ride with me. I usually drove the luggage, especially if we got beat," Summitt said.

    Vanderbilt coach Melanie Balcomb could only compliment Summitt.

    "It's people like her why you grow up wanting to be a coach and get to this level," Balcomb said.

    Tennessee (18-0, 4-0 Southeastern Conference) had never gone through a first half without leading at least once until this game, and the Lady Vols trailed by 14 late in the half.

    But the crowd of 13,127 with lots of Tennessee orange got to serenade Summitt by chanting "9-0-0" in the final minute as the Lady Vols won for the 10th straight time in the series.

    Summitt got to celebrate with her mother, Hazel, two of her three brothers and an assortment of extended family, friends and college buddies even if this victory lacked the cake and balloons she was given when she won No. 800 at home in January 2003.

    Candace Parker said the Lady Vols had talked about how special it would be to help the coach win No. 900.

    "During the shootaround, I asked [Summitt] how many bus rides and road trips. I said, 'That has to be some kind of record.' I mean it's special," Parker said.

    Vanderbilt (13-5, 2-2) looked ready to get its first victory against the Lady Vols since Feb. 2, 2002. As well as the Commodores shot, they couldn't stop Tennessee from turning their turnovers into 25 points.

    Alexis Hornbuckle had 15 points for Tennessee with Parker adding 14. Sidney Spencer and Anosike each had 10. The Lady Vols outshot Vandy 54 percent (31-of-56) to 46 percent (27-of-58).

    Caroline Williams led Vanderbilt with 21 points, including 5-of-8 from 3-point range. Dee Davis added 20 points.

    The Lady Vols, who trailed 33-19 in the first half, didn't take their first lead until 45-44 with 14:53 left on a pair of fast-break layups by Hornbuckle coming off a Parker block, then an Anosike steal.

    "We were on defense, and I heard defense so loud it was like a home game," Summitt said. "I can't believe they're yelling defense, so obviously they feel the way I do about the weakness of our team right now."

    Vanderbilt last led 50-49 on a 3-pointer by Cherish Stringfield. Then Tennessee scored 19 of the next 21 points in taking its biggest lead at 68-52 with 5:47 to go on a pair of Anosike free throws.

    The Commodores came into the game as the nation's fourth-best shooting team, and they shot 54 percent in the first half. They finished 10-of-22 from 3-point range.

    They hit four 3s in a 14-0 spurt capped by Davis' 3 from the top of the key for a 33-19 lead with 5:13 left in the first half.

    Tennessee struggled with Zolman missing her first five shots, and Hornbuckle played only seven minutes after picking up her third foul in the first half.

    But the Lady Vols finished the half with a 13-2 spurt that included a steal and a layup by Parker and capped by Zolman's first bucket, a 3-pointer, with 26.1 seconds left. Still, they trailed 37-32 at halftime for only the second time this season.

    Vanderbilt tried to muster some mojo before tipoff by showing highlights from the football team's 28-24 victory last November over Tennessee -- the school's first in the rivalry since 1982.

    It didn't help, and Summitt got to walk off the court with a wave and a thumb's up to the fans gathered behind her bench.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 80 68
    FG Made-Attempted 31-54 (.574) 28-59 (.475)
    3P Made-Attempted 7-15 (.467) 11-23 (.478)
    FT Made-Attempted 11-15 (.733) 4-4 (1.000)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 15 (0/0) 13 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 16 14

    Game Leaders

    PointsS. Zolman 16C. Williams 21
    ReboundsN. Anosike 8C. Williams 7

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