Overall Record: 36-2
Defeated Stanford 64-48 in NCAA Title Game
Standing (L-R): Angie Bjorklund, Vicki Baugh, Kelley Cain, Candace Parker, Nicky Anosike, Alex Fuller.
Seated (L-R): Alberta Auguste, Cait McMahan, Shannon Bobbitt, Sydney Smallbone, Alexis Hornbuckle.
On April 8, 2008, the Tennessee Lady Vols captured their eighth national title, defeating Stanford 64-48. Incredible defensive pressure by UT forced 25 Cardinal turnovers which the Big Orange converted into 26 points.
"They came out with a great mentality to play hard, especially on the defensive end," Pat Summitt said. "On offense, we got more people involved, but it was our defense that got it done."
Tennessee standout Candace Parker scored 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds to help the Lady Vols capture their second straight championship, but unlike earlier games in the tournament when she had to carry the Lady Vols, her supporting cast came through. Shannon Bobbitt scored 13 points and Nicky Anosike added 12 points, eight rebounds and six steals for the Lady Vols. Freshman Vicki Baugh had eight points before tearing her ACL in the second half.
Bobbitt scored all of her points in the first half as the Lady Vols jumped out to a 37-29 advantage. Trailing by one early, Tennessee used a 13-4 run to take a 17-9 lead midway through the half. Bobbitt hit two three-pointers and made a nifty layup to cap the spurt. The teams traded baskets before two free throws by Bobbitt gave the Lady Vols a 35-25 lead - their biggest of the half.
Parker didn't shoot nearly as many jumpers as usual, instead taking the ball to the basket on an array of moves. She converted one steal in the second half into a pretty layup that gave the Lady Vols a 10-point advantage. She then followed it up with a three-point play on a driving layup. The Cardinal, who had a season low for points, would get no closer than eight the rest of the way. With the game in hand and a minute left, Parker went to the Tennessee bench for the final time, holding up four fingers on each hand to signify the eight titles the Lady Vols have won.
"One is disputable, but two, you can't stumble onto two national championships, so we're pretty good," Parker said.