KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee's Candace Parker dunked again,
and the fifth-ranked Lady Vols opened the season with a 102-72 win
over Chattanooga on Sunday.
Parker had the third dunk of her career, in the second half
after Tennessee was well ahead. She dunked twice against Army last
season in the opening round of the NCAA tournament.
The Lady Mocs (1-1) were in the game early, but a long run by
Tennessee in the first half put the game out of reach. The Lady
Vols were hot offensively, shooting 33-of-57 from the field.
Tennessee fans were focusing on the Lady Vols debuting four new
players, including junior college transfer Shannon Bobbitt at point
guard, when Parker stunned the crowd with the slam.
With Tennessee ahead 75-43, the preseason All-American stole the
ball from Chattanooga's Brooke Hand. Parker dribbled to the other
end of the court and slammed it in with her right hand.
Parker is the fifth woman to dunk in a college game, joining former Tennessee player Michelle Snow, Houston's Sancho Lyttle, North Carolina's Charlotte Smith and West Virginia's Georgeann Wells. Snow dunked three times, but never in Thompson-Boling Arena.
Alexis Hornbuckle led the Lady Vols with 19 points, and Parker
added 15. Another juco transfer, Alberta Auguste, added 13, Bobbitt
had 12, Dominique Redding 11 and Sidney Spencer 10.
Hand scored 20 for Chattanooga, going 6-of-13 from beyond the
The Lady Mocs cut it to 25-19 with 10:55 remaining before
halftime. But Parker rebounded her own miss and started a
three-point play, and the Lady Vols were off on a 22-2 run.
Chattanooga went scoreless for nearly 4 minutes during the run.
Bobbitt had a layup that capped the run and put Tennessee ahead
47-21 with 5:25 remaining before halftime.
Chattanooga had four turnovers in the first minute of the second
half, and Tennessee increased its lead to 65-31.