(5) Tennessee 78

(20-2, 6-1 SEC)

Ole Miss 63

(12-9, 2-6 SEC)

    8:00 PM ET, February 2, 2006

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    #5TENN 26 5278
    MISS 28 3563

    No. 5 Lady Vols clinch 30th straight 20-win season

    OXFORD, Miss. (AP) -- Sidney Spencer and Shanna Zolman saved Tennessee from another loss on the road.

    Spencer and Zolman each scored 18 points and sparked a rally which helped the fifth-ranked Lady Vols beat Mississippi 78-63 on Thursday night.

    Alexis Hornbuckle added 14 points to help the Lady Vols (20-2, 6-1 Southeastern Conference) clinch their 30th straight 20-win season under Hall of Fame coach Pat Summitt and stop their two-game road losing streak.

    "When a team takes ownership, good things happen," Summitt said.

    Summitt's career victory No. 902 was a struggle for a while. Ole Miss led by as many as eight after a 12-0 run in the first half, and led 28-26 at halftime. Jada Mincy's free throw with 11:28 to play gave the Rebels a 46-41 lead.

    "We were getting outrebounded and not getting a lot done," Spencer said. "Then we got on the same page defensively and started to hit some open shots that turned the game around."

    The Lady Vols countered with a 20-5 run keyed by two 3-pointers by Spencer and a third by Zolman during the following 4½ minutes.

    Tennessee led 61-51 on Zolman's jumper with 6:59 left, and the Lady Vols were in control the rest of the way.

    "The second half was a little more important to them," Summitt said of her team.

    Tennessee's Tye'sha Fluker added 12 points. Leading scorer Candace Parker was held to seven points, nearly nine fewer than her average.

    The Lady Vols won their first 18 games, then lost consecutive road games against No. 2 Duke and Kentucky (No. 23 ESPN/USA Today; No. 21 AP) before beating Alabama convincingly earlier this week and then struggling in their 13th straight victory over the Rebels, a string which dates back almost exactly 10 years.

    Ole Miss hasn't beaten Tennessee since the Rebels won 78-72 on Feb. 4, 1996.

    "I'm not able to yank another All-American off the bench," Ole Miss coach Carol Ross said. "I can yank an all-county or all-division player, but we don't have the depth, and that's a big difference."

    Carla Bartee had 14 points, Danetra Forest added 13 and Armintie Price finished with 10 for the Rebels (12-9, 2-6), who have lost four of five and eight of their last 11.

    The Rebels are 0-5 in SEC home games.

    Ole Miss has lost three straight against ranked opponents since early-season upsets of Texas Tech and Rutgers, and the Rebels on Sunday play at third-ranked LSU.

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