ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- Even down by 14 points midway through the
second half, Tennessee never lacked for confidence against Georgia
on Thursday night.
"The thought never crossed our mind that we were going to
lose," guard Shanna Zolman said after the fifth-ranked Lady Vols
rallied to beat No. 13 Georgia 58-55.
Georgia's Tasha Humphrey scored following an offensive rebound
with 4:50 left to give the Lady Bulldogs a 55-48 lead. Georgia
didn't score again as Tennessee closed with a 10-0 run to complete
"We were trying to make our defensive pressure so great to put
pressure on them," said Zolman, who filled in at point guard and
finished with 18 points.
"In the last five minutes, our defensive pressure went up like
that," she added, gesturing to the ceiling. "We tried to force
them to make mistakes."
Candace Parker returned after spraining her ankle in the first
half and led Tennessee with 19 points, 14 rebounds and five blocked
Tye'sha Fluker set a season high with 10 boards as the Lady Vols
outrebounded the Lady Bulldogs 42-27.
Parker scored the go-ahead basket with 17 seconds left and
Zolman added two free throws with 7.3 seconds to play. Georgia took
two timeouts and still couldn't get off an attempt at a game-tying
"In the two timeouts we talked about who was going to get the
ball, and do you think the right person got the ball?" asked a
dejected Georgia coach Andy Landers, referring to the Lady
Bulldogs' last possession.
"The game awareness just blows me away. Somehow or another it's
got to be my responsibility and I'm not sure how to address it."
In its first game since losing starting point guard Alexis
Hornbuckle for the season with a broken right wrist, Tennessee
struggled with 21 turnovers. Hornbuckle had surgery Wednesday and
was not with the team.
Zolman, best known for her 3-point shooting, assumed most of the
responsibility of directing the offense, but Tennessee coach Pat
Summitt said her team won with defense.
The Lady Vols used a 3-2 zone for the first time this year,
according to Summitt, in hopes of containing Humphrey, the team's
leading scorer and only inside threat.
Humphrey, averaging 20.6 points, was held to 10 points on
2-for-12 shooting from the field.
"We really wanted them to try to make a lot of outside shots,"
Summitt said. "I thought we did a nice job of limited Humphrey's
touches. ... We thought we had to guard her with a guard and a
Cori Chambers was 3-for-12 from the field as Georgia was held to
33.3 percent shooting -- 10-for-30 in each half.
Tennessee, taking higher percentage shots closer to the basket,
shot 46.8 percent from the field.
Georgia led 45-31 with 12:08 left, but Parker's basket with 2:52
to play cut it to 55-52. Fluker's inside basket made it 55-54 with
The Lady Vols improved to 2-1 in their three games in seven days
against ranked Southeastern Conference teams. Tennessee (23-3, 9-2)
lost to then-No. 3 Louisiana State on Feb. 9 and beat No. 22
Vanderbilt on Sunday.
Georgia (17-7, 7-4) missed an opportunity to move into a
second-place tie with Tennessee in the conference.
Sherill Baker led Georgia with 17 points and five steals. Megan
Darrah had 10.
While the Lady Vols are left without a true point guard, Georgia
lost four frontcourt players before the season and has been
Tennessee's recovery from losing Hornbuckle appeared to begin
with about 10 minutes left to play.
"I think other players had to realize they really had to help
Shanna," Summitt said.