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SHYRA ELY AND THE LADY VOLS BLAST TCU, 82-55
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Shyra Ely

Dec. 19, 2004

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Coach Summitt | Shyra Ely

By ELIZABETH A. DAVIS
AP Sports Writer

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Shyra Ely scored 23 points and freshman point guard Sa'de Wiley-Gatewood hit three 3-pointers in her collegiate debut, leading No. 9 Tennessee to an 82-55 victory over TCU on Sunday.

Alexis Hornbuckle added 15 points, Shanna Zolman had 11 and Brittany Jackson 10 for the Lady Vols (7-2), who have won three straight since losing to No. 3 Duke earlier this month.

Sandora Irvin, who became the all-time leading scorer for the Lady Frogs (7-4) last week, had 21 points and 16 rebounds.

TCU fell out of the Top 25 after losing at Arkansas State and Utah and is still looking for its first road win of the season. The Lady Frogs are 0-4 against Tennessee.

Wiley-Gatewood and Hornbuckle - both high school All-Americas - were put in charge of Tennessee's offense in place of senior Loree Moore, who had her tonsils out this month and is expected to be out a few more weeks.

Wiley-Gatewood missed the first six games because of patellar tendinitis and the last two games for breaking team rules.

Hornbuckle started, and Wiley-Gatewood came off the bench to score nine points - all on the 3-pointers. At times, they were both on the court.

The Lady Vols pulled away in the first half. The teams traded the lead six times before halftime with 22-21 being TCU's last lead with 8:55 remaining.

Tennessee coach Pat Summitt immediately called a timeout, and the Lady Vols responded by outscoring the Lady Frogs 27-9 the rest of the way and led by as many as 19 during their run.

Wiley-Gatewood showed off her passing and shooting skills during the spurt.

She hit two 3-pointers and had some no-look passes that jazzed up Tennessee's offense.

Wiley-Gatewood drove into the lane and passed to a cutting Dominique Redding for an easy basket.

Not to be outdone, Hornbuckle also showed some flash.

Brittany Jackson got a steal but missed the layup at the other end. Hornbuckle got the rebound and passed the ball behind her back to Jackson. She missed, but the partisan crowd roared in appreciation of the effort.

Tennessee led 48-31 at halftime, the most points the Lady Vols had scored in the first half this season.

The Lady Frogs had 32 turnovers, 19 steals by Tennessee. The Lady Vols had 22 turnovers.


 

 

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