Nov. 28, 2004
By ELIZABETH A. DAVIS
AP Sports Writer
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Shanna Zolman scored five of her 10 points in the final minutes and Shyra Ely made two free throws with 11.9 seconds left, helping top-ranked Tennessee beat Temple 52-48 Sunday.
The Lady Vols (4-1) trailed in the first half until Alexis Hornbuckle scored on a driving layup at the halftime buzzer.
Temple (2-2) held the lead four times in the second half, and took a 45-43 lead with 4:44 left when Ari Moore made two free throws.
Zolman made a 3-pointer to give Tennessee the lead for good, and the Lady Vols hung on.
After Zolman made two free throws, Sidney Spencer scored to give Tennessee a five-point lead.
But Temple closed within two points on a 3-pointer by Cynthia Jordan with 1:56 remaining, but Temple didn't score the rest of the way.
Temple missed two more shots with less than 30 seconds remaining, and Moore fouled Ely going for a rebound at the end.
Ely, who finished with eight points, was replaced in the starting lineup by Brittany Jackson after scoring just four points in the Lady Vols' 74-59 loss at Texas on Thanksgiving Day.
That loss will probably cost Tennessee its No. 1-ranking in poll to be released Monday, and Sunday's game was another indication Tennessee might not be the best team in the nation.
The Lady Vols shot 32 percent, not much better than the 33 percent they shot at Texas.
Tennessee also was outrebounded 42-39. The Lady Vols finally made an impact on defense in the second half, and Temple was held to 33 percent shooting.
Jordan led Temple with 14 points. Moore scored 13 and Candice Dupree added eight.
The Owls, who are picked to win the Atlantic 10 again this season, were not intimidated in their first game against Tennessee. Coach Dawn Staley, whose Virginia team lost to the Lady Vols in the 1991 national championship game, argued calls, and the players jumped off the bench and yelled every time their teammates made a good play.
Tennessee finished a frantic first half with a 13-2 run in the final 3:50 to take its first lead of the game.
Hornbuckle drove to the basket for a layup at the buzzer to put the Lady Vols ahead 23-22.
The Owls jumped out to a 9-0 lead and led by as many as 10 twice during in the first half. It took Tennessee almost five minutes to score its first basket.