(7) Tennessee 58

(12-3, 1-1 SEC)

(24) Vanderbilt 74

(13-4, 2-0 SEC)

    3:00 PM ET, January 11, 2009

    1 2 T
    #7TENN 23 3558
    #24VAN 31 4374

    Top Performers

    Tennessee: A. Fuller 12 Pts, 7 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Vanderbilt: J. Mooney 15 Pts, 5 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl

    Vanderbilt upsets Tennessee to keep Summitt stuck at 995 wins

    Associated Press

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Melanie Balcomb tried to treat Tennessee (No. 11 ESPN/USA Today, No. 7 AP) just like any other opponent her first six seasons at Vanderbilt.

    This time around, she listened to those who told her she was wrong.

    Fast Facts

    • Vanderbilt beat Tennessee for the first time since Feb. 2, 2002, and got its seventh all-time win in the series.

    • Five Vanderbilt players scored in double figures to end Tennessee's five-game winning streak.

    • The Commodores outscored the Vols 40-30 in the paint and had a 23-8 advantage off turnovers.

    -- ESPN research

    So she played "Rocky Top," dressed her male practice players in orange down to headbands, cranked up the crowd noise over the speakers and even tossed a Tennessee mat in front of the locker room door the past two days. The effort paid off Sunday as No. 24 Vanderbilt beat the Lady Vols 74-58 for only their seventh win all-time in this interstate rivalry.

    "In the past, I felt like I made a mistake," said Balcomb, who hadn't beaten Tennessee in her first six seasons at Vanderbilt.

    "It is a big deal, so I thought we'd do a bunch of different things. I can't tell you everything, but we had fun."

    Not as much fun as her Commodores had in the game itself as they snapped Tennessee's 16-game winning streak in this series. Jessica Mooney led five Commodores in double figures with 15 points. Jennifer Risper and Hannah Tuomi each had 12, Merideth Marsh added 11 and Christina Wirth had 10.

    "It's pretty awesome," said Risper, a senior.

    Tennessee (12-3, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) has simply dominated this series between schools separated by 190 miles along Interstate 40, winning 52 of the first 58 by the Lady Vols' count. This loss keeps coach Pat Summitt stuck on 995 wins as she closes in on 1,000 for her career.

    "I'm really disappointed in our team," Summitt said. "I don't want to take a thing away from Vanderbilt. I thought they did a super job. They were a lot tougher than us defensively and a lot more aggressive offensively."

    Vanderbilt (13-4, 2-0) was the preseason pick to win the SEC title, and the Commodores used their speed and experience to grab their first win over the Lady Vols since Feb. 2, 2002, also on their home floor at Memorial Gym.

    Nearing Milestone

    Pat Summitt needs five wins to become the first coach in men's and women's Division I history to reach 1,000 wins.

    Most Career Coaching Wins
    Coach Last Team Years W-L
    Pat Summitt Tennessee 35 995-185
    Bob Knight Texas Tech 42 902-371
    Jody Conradt Texas 38 900-309
    Dean Smith North Carolina 36 879-254
    Adolph Rupp Kentucky 41 876-190

    These teams last met in the SEC tournament semifinals with the Lady Vols winning by 25 before winning their second straight national championship and eighth overall.

    The Lady Vols came in having won five straight, a streak that included a comeback from 23 down at Rutgers on Jan. 3. But Summitt has a much younger team this season, starting three freshmen and a sophomore. That makes Vandy seem grizzled in comparison with two seniors and two juniors in the starting lineup.

    Vanderbilt carved Tennessee up by driving straight to the basket over and over, outscoring the Lady Vols 40-30 in the paint. The Commodores forced 23 turnovers, which matched Tennessee's worst this season, and had a 23-8 advantage off turnovers.

    "We've lost before, not quite this horribly," Fuller said. "But we've just got to learn from our mistakes. That's what anybody does in this situation is learn from everything that we did wrong."

    Balcomb said she knew her players could take advantage of the talented Lady Vols' youth and inexperience by being aggressive offensively.

    "It's a big adjustment, a big learning curve, and we knew they'd be young," Balcomb said.

    The teams swapped the lead in the first half before the Commodores blew open the game by finishing the period with a 12-0 run for a 31-23 lead at halftime. They took the lead on Jence Rhoads' basket with 2:22 left at 25-23, taking advantage as Tennessee went scoreless after Johnson scored with 4:40 to go.

    Vanderbilt stayed hot in the second half and pushed its lead to 38-25 as Wirth hit a 3-pointer from the right corner in front of her bench.

    Angie Bjorklund's 3 pulled Tennessee within 47-42 with 10:51 left. Tuomi hit two free throws, then Risper drove the lane for a layup as the Commodores scored nine of the next 10 points.

    Then the Commodores just kept padding their lead and were up as much as 21 twice. They just missed matching their biggest win over Tennessee, a 17-point margin back in 2002. Now their challenge is to use this as a step for the rest of the season.

    "We found out what we're good at, like what our strengths are," Marsh said.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 58 74
    FG Made-Attempted 24-61 (.393) 30-65 (.462)
    3P Made-Attempted 4-17 (.235) 4-15 (.267)
    FT Made-Attempted 6-10 (.600) 10-18 (.556)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (0/0) 14 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 6 21

    Game Leaders

    PointsA. Fuller 12J. Mooney 15
    ReboundsA. Fuller 7J. Risper 6
    AssistsA. Bjorklund 3M. Marsh 4
    StealsA. Fuller 2J. Risper 3
    BlocksK. Cain 4T. Gibbs 1

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