Jan. 13, 2005
By ELIZABETH A. DAVIS
AP Sports Writer
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Shanna Zolman scored 16 points and No. 8 Tennessee held Arkansas to 17 points in the first half in a 72-54 victory Thursday night.
The Lady Vols (11-3, 1-0 Southeastern Conference), seeking an eighth straight regular-season league title, won their 55th straight SEC home game and their 10th in a row over Arkansas.
The Lady Razorbacks (10-5, 0-4) have been no match for Tennessee recently, losing the last two meeting by 39 and 22 points.
Back at home after their 68-67 come-from-behind victory at Connecticut, the Lady Vols jumped on Arkansas early with Zolman's help.
Zolman, usually an accurate long-range shooter, started the first 11 games of the season, but her scoring dropped and she went to the bench.
She was 0-for-4 at Connecticut and looked deep in a slump. She got on track early against Arkansas, making five of her first six shots. She was 3-of-4 from beyond the arc.
A 95-percent free throw shooter, Zolman went 3-of-6 at the line. The crowd clapped to encourage her after each miss.
Brittany Vaughn had a career-high 13 points and Rochelle Vaughn had 10 to lead Arkansas, which used a tenacious and active defense but couldn't stop the Lady Vols.
Tennessee led by 23 at the break - its largest halftime lead of the season.
The Lady Razorbacks scored first, but Rochelle Vaughn's 3-pointer eight seconds into the game was one of just six field goals Arkansas had in the first half.
Tennessee put the game away with a 14-2 run over eight minutes of the first half when Arkansas' only points were on free throws. Zolman capped it with a 3-pointer from the corner that put the Lady Vols ahead 23-7 with 9:58 left.
Brittany Vaughn ended Arkansas' drought with a driving layup 22 seconds later, and the Lady Razorbacks scored on their next possession with Sarah Pfeifer's jumper to cut it to 14. That was as close as Arkansas would get.
Tennessee outscored the Lady Razorbacks 15-6 the rest of the first half and pushed its lead to 26 midway through the second half.
The Lady Vols had the rebounding edge, 46-30.
Arkansas was playing in its third game since starting forward Kristin Moore tore ligaments in her right knee. The Lady Razorbacks have lost three in a row since then.