No. 4 Lady Vols take advantage of 25-0 lead to defeat Gators

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- It's not often Tennessee is looking to get even against Florida.

Sidney Spencer scored 21 points and Candace Parker added 19 to lead the fourth-ranked Lady Vols to their ninth straight win, 80-58 over the Gators on Thursday night.

The win gave Tennessee (15-1, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) some measure of revenge for a 95-93 overtime loss to Florida last Feb. 26. That was the first time Florida won in Knoxville in 16 attempts and was the Gators' second win over Tennessee in 36 meetings.

"We used it as a little bit of motivation," The Lady Vols' Alexis Hornbuckle said. "They took us out of a No. 1 seed (in the NCAA tournament)."

Hornbuckle had 10 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds to finish just shy of a triple double.

"We knew this was a team that was ready to play us," Parker added. "We knew we needed to come in and take care of business. We couldn't overlook them."

Marshae Dotson had 20 points and Depree Bowden added 16 for Florida (6-11, 0-2).

Tennessee raced out to a 25-0 lead, getting four 3-pointers from Spencer in the first 10:40 of the game. Dotson got Florida's first points with a short jumper with 12:19 left in the half.

Tennessee extended its lead to 43-9 with 4:47 left in the half before Florida responded with a 17-1 run heading into halftime.

The Lady Vols led by as many as 29 points in the second half.

"I think we were a little overwhelmed," Gators coach Carolyn Peck said. "I know this from working at Tennessee, a lot of times you're on your heels to start with until a few things happen. That run to end the first half gave our players some confidence. I think they did better in the second half."