Lady Vol Hoopsters Down Love & Basketball 85-50

Nov. 9, 2008

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The University of Tennessee women's basketball team closed its exhibition slate with a commanding 85-50 victory over Love & Basketball on Sunday at Thompson-Boling Arena. Redshirt freshman Kelley Cain (Atlanta, Ga.) and freshman Alyssia Brewer (Sapulpa, Okla.) each recorded double-doubles to lead a balanced attack that saw seven Lady Vols score at least nine points.

Cain finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Brewer added 11 points and 11 boards. Freshman Shekinna Stricklen (Morrilton, Ark,) scored a team-high 16 points. Sophomore Sydney Smallbone (Granger, Ind.) added 12, freshman Amber Gray (West Chester, Ohio) had 11 and freshman Glory Johnson (Knoxville, Tenn.) scored nine. Freshman Briana Bass (Indianapolis, Ind.) scored nine points, all on three-pointers and dished out a game-high six assists.

The Lady Vols finished their preseason schedule 2-0 as they also defeated Carson-Newman 135-55 on Thursday. Love & Basketball closed out its schedule with a record of 2-5. The squad hung with Vanderbilt on Friday before losing 83-74.

Trailing 9-8 early, the Lady Vols broke the game open by ending the first half on a 34-4 run to take a commanding 42-13 lead into halftime.

Love & Basketball went up 11-10 before Stricklen sparked a 10-0 spurt to put UT up 20-11 by whipping a no-look dish to Amber Gray for an easy lay-in on a fastbreak.

A jumper by Charlee Underwood made the score 20-13, but those were Love & Basketball's final points of the half as UT held the team of former college stars scoreless for the final 8:20 of the half.

The Orange and White went up 28-13 on back-to-back threes by freshman Alicia Manning (Woodstock, Ga.) and Bass with six minutes remaining in the half, and extended the lead to 30-13 on a short jumper by Smallbone on the next possession. UT ended the half with lay-ups by Johnson, Brewer, Stricklen and Cain. Stricklen's lay-up came off a nifty behind-the-back dish from Gray on a fastbreak.

The Lady Vols weren't as dominant during the second half which was tempered by UT's loss of senior Alex Fuller (Shelbyville, Tenn.), who left the game with 16:53 remaining with an injury and did not return.

Love & Basketball contained UT's offensive outbursts much better in the second half, but did give up a 12-0 run midway through and a 10-0 with the game winding down.

A pair of layups by Cain and two jumpers, including a three, by Smallbone sparked the 12-0 run that put UT up 67-27.

Providing an exclamation point to an already impressive game were Bass, Stricklen and Manning who each drilled a three-point shot with 57 seconds left in the contest.

The Lady Vols return to the court on Saturday, Nov. 15, when they will raise the 2008 NCAA Championship banner against the San Francisco Dons. Tip time is 1 p.m. at Thompson-Boling Arena and fans can bring their radios and tune in to 99.3 FM and hear Mickey Dearstone, voice of the Lady Vols, call the action live.





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