RUSTON, La. (AP) -- Louisiana Tech had no answer for Tennessee's
The fourth-ranked Lady Vols forced 19 turnovers in the first
half and beat Louisiana Tech 71-50 on Tuesday night.
"Tennessee's length and athleticism really caused us problems,
especially in the first half," said Tech head coach Chris Long.
"They are so talented. Our kids haven't played against anything
like that this year, and it took us the entire half to adjust."
The Lady Vols (6-0) built a 42-15 halftime advantage and cruised
the rest of the game.
"If you look at it, most of our turnovers (in the first half)
weren't because of the press. They came in the half court set. I
was disappointed we didn't execute better. I thought we did much
better in the second half," Long said.
Tech's combination of turnovers and poor shooting (6-of-28) in
the first 20 minutes of play were simply too much to overcome as
Tennessee jumped out to an early lead and never looked back.
Candace Parker had 10 points, eight rebounds and seven blocked
shots -- five in the first half.
"Our first half defensive intensity was really strong and
disruptive and took them out of their rhythm. That's what really
got us going," said Tennessee coach Pat Summit.
"We were sporadic in the second half because we had a hard time
having all five of our players show the type of intensity that we
had in the first half."
Even when the Lady Vols weren't blocking shots -- they had 10 for
the game -- they were forcing altered shots as Tech hit just 30
percent from the field (18-of-61) for the game.
On the plus side, Tech outrebounded Tennessee 46-37, including
23 on offense.
Down by 27 at the half, the Lady Techsters came out and
outscored Tennessee 35-29 over the final 20 minutes of action. Long
said it was because his team refused to quit.
"The kids rallied together in the locker room and came out and
competed despite the score," he said.
Amber Metoyer led Tech with 13 points and nine rebounds while
Shan Moore and Jokierra Sneed each added 12 points.
Dominique Redding led Tennessee with 13 points, while Alberta
Auguste added 11, while Sidney Spencer had 10.