Home Cooking Defeats Scarlet Knights

Tennessee calmly brought the ball down the court, down by 1 to Rutgers, at home, with time winding down. After a couple of offensive rebounds resulted in subsequent misses, it seemed as if Rutgers had held off UT. However, a foul call on the floor, with the game clock having stopped during game action with 0.2 seconds remaining, gave UT a pair of free throws that would determine the outcome.

One of the most bizarre endings in recent memory was the lasting memory of what was otherwise a thrilling contest between a pair of heavyweights going after one another punch for punch. After looking offensively challenged in the first half, Rutgers (19-4) opened the second stanza in fine fashion, immediately narrowing a double-digit lead to just 3 points by the 16:41 mark. Rutgers had cut an 11 point halftime deficit to just three points (34-31) and from that point forward the teams would not be separated by more than 5 points.

An Essence Carson jumper with 0:26 seconds remaining put Rutgers up 58-57. UT (22-1) would then bring the ball upcourt and after misses by both Shannon Bobbitt and Candace Parker, a strange scenario ensued.

The second offensive rebound of the possession was grabbed by Nicky Anosike. Just as Anosike came down with the pivotal rebound no more than a couple of feet beyond the rim, replays showed she was clearly fouled. Unfortunately, replays also showed that both the shot and game clock had stopped (with the game clock showing 0.2 seconds) with the ball in her possession, all while the players had continued battling. The Scarlet Knights were under the impression the game had concluded, unaware that the game clock was unceremoniously stopped. In a bizarre twist, Anosike was then granted the pair of free throws, suggesting that either the refs were not aware that the game clock had stopped or that they decided to retain 0.2 seconds.

To her credit, Anosike confidently sank both free throws, putting the Vols up by 1, with 0.2 seconds remaining and sealing the comeback victory.

Rutgers was led by Epiphanny Prince who had 21 points and Essence Carson who added 18.

The Scarlet Knights were coming off a 73-71 victory over previously undefeated and then-No. 1 Connecticut and were trying to become the first team ever to beat No. 1 teams in consecutive games.

The Scarlet Knights will next be in action on Saturday as they travel to face South Florida (12-11, 2-8).

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