7:00 PM ET, December 5, 2007
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Angie Bjorklund gave top-ranked Tennessee the boost it needed.Bjorklund, just the 11th Tennessee player to start the first game as a freshman, scored a season-high 19 points to lead the Lady Vols to an 83-51 victory over Old Dominion on Wednesday night.Bjorklund also had eight rebounds, four assists and two steals for Tennessee (7-0), coming off a hard-fought 83-79 win over North Carolina (No. 4 ESPN/USA Today, No. 5 AP) on Sunday."Tonight she showed us what she can do and showed that she can help us," Lady Vols coach Pat Summitt said. "Her stat line was impressive. She had some good post feeds and she played with composure."Summitt was particularly happy with Bjorklund's rebounding, an area where Tennessee has faltered of late. The team gave up a school-record 57 boards to North Carolina and has been outrebounded in three of its seven games."We took the tape from the last game and she recognized the fact that she did not go to the boards," Summitt said. "That was a real priority for her tonight. I think it's encouraging when you can shoot as well as we did tonight and still get 13 offensive boards. I like that Angie was involved in that."Candace Parker scored 14 points and Nicky Anosike added 13 points and seven rebounds as the Lady Vols (7-0) won for the 27th time in the teams' last 28 meetings. Tennessee now leads the series 32-9.Tiffany Green scored 14 points to lead Old Dominion (6-3), which played without leading scorer T.J. Jordan.The Lady Vols shot nearly 50 percent from the floor while holding the Lady Monarchs to just 32 percent. Tennessee also scored 27 points off 20 Old Dominion turnovers.The Lady Vols jumped out to a 10-2 lead and led the whole way while stretching their lead to 33 points in the second half. Still, Tennessee looked out of rhythm early in the game, the residual effect of their effort against North Carolina.The Lady Vols were unusually careless with the ball and lacked much of their characteristic on-court swagger. They had 15 turnovers and just six assists on 15 made baskets in the first half. Tennessee finished the game with a season-high 23 giveaways.Tennessee turned up its defensive tempo in the second half, forcing Old Dominion into turnovers while making a 7-0 run to start the period. A second 7-0 spurt put them ahead 63-35 with 10:30 remaining. The Lady Monarchs got no closer than 27 points the rest of the way.Old Dominion coach Wendy Larry could only wonder what might have been if Jordan had played. The senior guard, who averages nearly 17 points a game, missed the contest with a foot injury."I'd like to think that there's enough fortitude on our team that we could pick up some of the pieces, but unfortunately that's not the case," Larry said. "When you lose a valuable piece like Jordan without a whole lot of prep time before facing the No. 1 team in the nation, it's not an easy task. We will learn from this experience, as we have from our other losses this year."Old Dominion's three losses have all come against top-five teams. The Lady Monarchs previously lost to No. 2 Connecticut and then-No. 4 Stanford.The Lady Monarchs have made 15 straight NCAA Tournament appearances and 24 overall. Only Tennessee and Louisiana Tech have more. ODU has won three national titles, the last in 1985. They lost to the Lady Vols in the 1997 NCAA title game.The Lady Vols, who have faced five ranked teams in their seven wins, will take a three-game break from such competition. Tennessee doesn't face another currently ranked opponent until taking on Stanford (No. 5 ESPN/USA Today, No. 6 AP) on Dec. 22. Old Dominion will take a two-week break before facing Delaware State Dec. 20.
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Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||20-62 (.323)||29-58 (.500)|
|3P Made-Attempted||3-9 (.333)||6-16 (.375)|
|FT Made-Attempted||8-19 (.421)||19-23 (.826)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||20 (0/0)||18 (0/0)|