Tennessee downs ODU, 75-59

Candace Parker did her part to keep the coach happy – 32 points and 10 rebounds – as did Alexis Hornbuckle, who also was in double figures, in Tennessee's 75-59 win Friday over Old Dominion. The Lady Vols will head into the Christmas break with a five-game winning streak and 11 wins on the season.

Candace Parker had a season high in points and was perfect from the line, 8-8. Alexis Hornbuckle added 10 points and also was unblemished at the line after hitting 6-6. Shannon Bobbitt had a career high of 13 points and also drained a career high three three-pointers. Alex Fuller provided plenty of help off the bench with eight points and seven rebounds.

Hornbuckle continued her stellar play – she was 2-4 from the field and also had four boards, six assists, four steals and a block. She now has 48 straight games with at least one steal.

Bobbitt had her best offensive game of the season – she swished a three from the left and right sides of the court – to open the first half and also froze an ODU defender with a hesitation move that led to a layup.

No. 5 Tennessee, 11-1, led at halftime, 38-33, and Parker led the way with 16 points and eight rebounds in the first 20 minutes. Fuller started the second half in place of Anosike and responded with one of her best games of the season – in addition to the points and boards Fuller also had four assists and two steals.

Old Dominion, 3-7, was led by Sherida Triggs with 13 points and TJ Jordan with 11. The Lady Monarchs entered the game shooting 28 percent from behind the arc, but Jordan drained her first two. Then she went 3-8 from three-point range for the game – the team was 3-12 overall – and ODU finished at 25 percent from behind the three and 39.6 percent for the game. Tennessee shot 50.9 percent for the game and 33.3 percent from behind the arc. Bobbitt was 3-5, but Sidney Spencer missed her three long-range shots. Spencer did hit three other shots to finish with six points.

Tennessee shot 85 percent from the charity stripe – led by Hornbuckle and Parker. Bobbitt also swished both of her free throw attempts.

Tennessee will take the win and head home for the holidays for a four-day break. Pat Summitt will bring the team together Dec. 27 for practice, and the Lady Vols play Notre Dame in Knoxville at 2 p.m. on Dec. 30.

The players will rest, and the coaches will try to decompress for at least a little while.

"We're going to certainly try," Assistant Coach Dean Lockwood said. "I think the 25th is going to be a day I think certainly for all of us we're still five days away from our next game and that will allow us some time from maybe midday on the 24th through the 25th, I think a day and a half, we can just all catch our breath a little bit. Believe me it's refreshing to think about."


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