7:00 PM ET, November 16, 2006
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee is playing a more uptempo style and its leading to more unselfish play for the Lady Vols.Fifth-ranked Tennessee had 23 assists and scored 18 points off fast breaks in an 83-60 win over No. 20 UCLA on Thursday night."I think when you play the tempo we're playing I think it's difficult not to move the ball and not to get your teammates the ball," Tennessee coach Pat Summitt said. "I think they are enjoying the uptempo. I think they're enjoying sharing the basketball."Candace Parker scored 22 points, Sidney Spencer added 15 and reserve Alex Fuller had 10 for Tennessee (2-0).The Lady Vols began the second half with a 10-0 run that increased their lead to 52-32 with 16:17 left. Parker scored twice inside during the spurt.UCLA (1-1), which dropped to 1-15 all-time against Tennessee, shot the ball well most of the game but could not overcome 26 turnovers.Noelle Quinn, who led the Bruins in scoring last year, had 20 points. She scored 13 in the first half and was held without a field goal after halftime until the 5:49 mark. By that time the Lady Vols were already ahead by 27."It was kind of a blur. I don't remember the beginning of the second half," UCLA coach Kathy Olivier said about the Lady Vols' 10-0 run."I knew something was going to hit in the opening of the second half, and I think Tennessee does such a good job of going on runs at home. They just picked it up on defense and got some easy transition baskets and kind of broke up the game there."The Bruins opened the season Sunday with an 87-62 win over UC Santa Barbara, but they had trouble keeping up with Tennessee's fast-paced style. Lindsey Pluimer, who had a career-high 23 points in the opener, had 17 points, 13 coming in the first half.Tennessee grabbed the lead early after UCLA had four turnovers in the first 3 1/2 minutes. The Lady Vols pushed their lead to as many as 17, but the Bruins kept chipping away.Quinn had a jumper and 3-pointer that cut it to 38-27 and brought cheers from the UCLA bench. Nicky Anosike scored for Tennessee, but the Bruins responded with a three-point play by Pluimer that made it 40-30 with 3:01 remaining before halftime.Summitt started pulling starters early in the second half. Parker went to the bench after scoring with 7:37 left. She was 10-of-15 from the floor."We're making points off defense. We're able to run in transition. We have five players on the court that can bring up the ball," Parker said. "I'm really happy with how we're playing in the uptempo style."Tennessee freshman Cait McMahan, already a fan favorite because she is from nearby Maryville, hit back-to-back 3s to push the lead to 24 with 12:08 to go.The teams were playing for the first time since 1999. UCLA's lone win in the series was in 1981.The Bruins had a small but loud group of fans in the mostly orange-clad arena."For me it just exciting. This is like the mecca of women's basketball," Quinn said. "Just being here was a great experience."
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Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||23-50 (.460)||34-64 (.531)|
|3P Made-Attempted||2-8 (.250)||7-17 (.412)|
|FT Made-Attempted||12-20 (.600)||8-10 (.800)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||15 (0/0)||16 (0/0)|