Overall Record: 35-2
Defeated Auburn 76-60 in NCAA Title Game
Standing (L-R): Tonya Edwards, Kelli Casteel, Sheila Frost,
Daedra Charles, Debbie Hawhee, Carla McGhee.
Kneeling (L-R): Reginia Clark, Melissa McCray, Bridgette Gordon,
Debbie Scott, Dena Head.
It was a battle of Southeastern Conference powerhouses - Tennessee versus Auburn for all the marbles.
The Lady Vols looked to regain the national title they earned in 1987. Although they were up against a Lady Tiger team that had made its second straight national championship final, Tennessee took home its second NCAA championship in three years with a 76-60 win.
Playing in her triumphant final game, All-America forward Bridgette Gordon treated the 9,758 spectators to a spectacular 27-point performance, tying a championship-game record. She also collected 11 boards on the way to most outstanding player honors.
Gordon's seven first-half baskets helped the Lady Vols to a 35-27 halftime lead. Auburn was able to stay close, cutting the score to 50-47. But after a timeout, the Lady Vols went on a 13-4 run to put the game out of reach. The keys to the victory were the battle of the boards, where Tennessee outrebounded Auburn 45-30, and the free throw line, where Tennessee shot 20-26, while Auburn was 8-12.
Sheila Frost joined Gordon on the All-Championship team. Playing in her final game at Tennessee, Frost had six points and 12 boards. Also coming up big for the Lady Vols in the final was Dena Head, with 19 points.