Chattanooga 72

(1-1, 0-1 away)

(5) Tennessee 102

(1-0, 1-0 home)

    3:00 PM ET, November 12, 2006

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    CHAT 31 4172
    #5TENN 59 43102

    Victory is a slam dunk for Parker and No. 5 Lady Vols

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    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 3-point line.

    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.

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