Jan. 23, 2005
By ELIZABETH A. DAVIS
AP Sports Writer
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Shyra Ely scored 13 points and No. 7 Tennessee held Kentucky to six field goals in the first half en route to a 67-49 victory on Sunday.
Former Tennessee assistant Mickie DeMoss was making her first appearance in Thompson-Boling Arena as an opposing coach, and the Lady Vol faithful gave her a warm welcome before the game.
But Tennessee (14-3, 4-0 Southeastern Conference) wasn't nice to the Wildcats once the game started, racing to a 22-2 lead midway through the first half.
Kentucky's Chante Bowman scored the game's first points with a jumper. But the Wildcats (13-7, 2-3) didn't score their second field goal until nearly 12 minutes later, when Sara Potts' layup cut the lead to 17.
Tennessee led by as many as 23 in the first half, and 15 was the closest Kentucky got before halftime. Freshmen Alexis Hornbuckle added 12 points and Sybil Dosty had 11 rebounds for the Lady Vols, who had 10 players score at least a basket.
Before the game, DeMoss hugged Tennessee coach Pat Summitt when they met on the court, and Summitt presented a glass bowl to DeMoss in honor of her 18 years with the Lady Vols. DeMoss waved to the cheering crowd, and soon after tipoff the Lady Vols were off to their 56th straight win at home over an SEC team.
The Lady Vols also have won 38 regular-season league games in a row and 24 over the Wildcats. Tennessee won 81-72 last year at Lexington in DeMoss' first game against the Lady Vols as Kentucky's head coach.
Kentucky was the fourth team Tennessee held under 20 points in first half this season.
In the second half, the Lady Vols pushed their lead to 28 on Dosty's putback with 14:11 to go. Kentucky got it down to 53-37 after Potts' 3-pointer, but Tennessee quickly restored its advantage to over 20. Shanna Zolman hit a 3, Sidney Spencer sank a jumper and Hornbuckle had a layup to give the Lady Vols a 60-37 lead.
Freshman Samantha Mahoney led the Wildcats with 15 points.