Women's Basketball Falls at Nationally-Ranked Tennessee
Adair, Cole and Lawrence combine for 50 points
Dec. 7, 2006
KNOXVILLE, TN (AP) - Sophomore Jessica Adair scored a career-high 23 points, but a strong second-half spurt helped No. 6/5 Tennessee knock off No. 21/19 George Washington, 85-62, at Thompson-Boling Arena on Thursday.
Sidney Spencer scored 21 points, including two three-pointers during a key second-half run, to help the Lady Volunteers pull away from the Colonials.
GW (7-2) looked ready to end its winless streak against the Lady Vols (8-1), cutting the lead to four three times early in the second half.
After the last time, Spencer hit a three and Candace Parker scored to put Tennessee up 51-42. George Washington scored again, but Spencer made back-to-back three's and another basket to start a 16-1 run that gave the Lady Vols a 67-45 lead with 8:49 remaining. The Colonials could not muster another rally.
Despite the win, Tennessee looked out of sync at times, and Parker struggled early.
Parker finished with 19 points, Nicky Anosike added 15 points and 11 rebounds, and Alexis Hornbuckle scored 14.
The Colonials fell to 0-8 against the Lady Vols, including last year's loss in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
George Washington trailed the entire first half, but got within 32-28 with 3:13 left before halftime on an 8-0 run fueled by three baskets from Lawrence.
Tennessee responded with Spencer's three-pointer that barely beat the shot-clock buzzer and a pair of free throws by Anosike.
Adair then scored twice in the final 1:16, before and after Parker's first basket since early in the half, to make it 39-32 at the break.
The Lady Vols had their biggest lead of the first half at 29-14 after the Colonials were in a hole early, 13-4.
Parker had a three-point play and a basket in the first six minutes, but went cold until a minute before halftime.
Tennessee outrebounded George Washington 40-20. Both teams had 17 turnovers.
George Washington had won three straight since a loss to top-ranked Maryland on Nov. 19, and the Colonials were off to their third-best start in school history.
Notes: Junior Kimberly Beck had seven assists to move within four of Lisa Cermignano for sixth place on GW's career assists list. Cermignano posted 399, Beck currently has 395 ... Jessica Adair's nine field goals made set a career-high ... Freshman Robin Murphy was GW's fourth leading scorer in the game with a career-high four points, and added an assist and steal ... At least three players have reached double-figures in all nine GW games this season.