Lady Vols Roll Over Rebels

Ole Miss did improve after its disastrous first half against Vanderbilt last Sunday. But don't get carried away, the performance was still nowhere near a productive outing.

The Rebels (8-11, 2-4) continued their recent trend of being nothing more than dormant before halftime, and Tennessee (19-1, 6-0) shook off a slow start before remaining unbeaten in the SEC with a convincing 68-44 victory over Ole Miss.

The Volunteers began the game sluggishly before relying on their massive size advantage inside to stretch the lead. However, Tennessee's ability to score points period was enough to extend the advantage.

"We create chaos," UT's Vickie Baugh said. "Our defense creates opportunities. It is who we are."

Tennessee was led by Shannon Bobbitt with 14 points and 13 from Candace Parker.

Ole Miss's Shawn Goff poured in 20 points and secured a double-double with 12 rebounds. She was the only Rebel in double figures.

The Rebels trailed 39-13 at the break, and the 13 points were one more than the dozen put up against the Lady Commodores five days before in Nashville. Vanderbilt led 40-12 at the break before coasting 83-50. On this night, the defending national champions used rebounds and turnovers to cruise to the road win, as Ole Miss didn't reach double figures until the 4:31 mark in the opening half.

"Our defense and our transition paced us tonight," Pat Summitt said. "They are a scrappy team, but our starters played well, and we were able to get everyone substantial minutes."

From the start of the game against Mississippi State to halftime against the Lady Vols, Ole Miss shooters missed 29 consecutive shots from behind the arc. Liz Robertson broke the monumental skid with a make from the top of the key with around six minutes remaining.

Tennessee outrebounded the Rebels 48-40 and dominated defensively with 20 second chance points and 16 points off turnovers.

"They give about everybody problems basically that I can tell," Renee Ladner said. "You can't waste possession when a team is that much better than you are, and they were that much better tonight."

Ole Miss led 2-0 and 4-2 before a 12-0 UT run began the onslaught.

"I was hoping that first basket wouldn't be our highlight, but I am afraid it was," Ladner said.

Thursday was the annual Tickled Pink at the Tad Pad where fans raise money for breast cancer research. The total mound donated was $2,960.

The Rebels remain at home to face Alabama Sunday at 2 p.m.

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