Dec. 18, 2008
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- Angie Bjorklund matched her career high with 29 points and hit two huge 3-pointers Thursday night as No. 11 Tennessee got back to its winning ways by prevailing in a back-and-forth battle with longtime rival Old Dominion, 81-76.
Tennessee (8-2), coming off a 73-59 loss at Texas that knocked it out of the top 10 after a record 211 consecutive weeks there, won for the 13th straight time in the series between two of the schools that first brought women's college basketball to prominence.
Old Dominion (5-3) got 17 points from Tiffany Green and 14 from Jasmine Parker, but couldn't overcome a major size deficiency as the Lady Vols outrebounded them 56-58.
Tennessee scored 23 second-chance points, and Old Dominion had just 13.
Jessica Canady's putback and Jazzmin Walters' layup gave the Lady Monarchs a 67-65 lead with 4:56 left but, just as the crowd whipped itself into an upset-minded frenzy, Bjorklund's fifth 3-pointer put the Lady Vols back in front. It was the first of her two daggers.
The second came with 1:51 to play, after Shadasia Green's putback gave the Lady Monarchs the lead at 71-70, again igniting the crowd. This time, Bjorklund connected from deep on the left wing to restore Tennessee's lead to 73-71. She added a 15-footer with 1:03 to play, pushing the Lady Vols' lead to four, and Old Dominion couldn't recover.
Canady and Jen Nuzzo added 11 each for Old Dominion.
Tennessee led 50-45 with 14:12 to play before Tiffany Green scored inside on a feed from Nuzzo, and Parker's fourth 3-pointer 36 seconds later pulled the Lady Monarchs even.
Neither team led by more than four the rest of the way.
The Lady Vols led 24-18 until Tiffany Green's two free throws with 6:39 left in the half sparked a 14-4 run for Old Dominion capped by consecutive 3-pointers by Parker.
The burst gave the Lady Monarchs a 32-28 lead, but just as quickly, Tennessee responded with an 11-4 spurt to end the half, getting two 3-pointers from Bjorklund in the run