Fluker stars in exhibition opener

Freshman Tye'sha Fluker made an impressive debut with the Lady Vol basketball team Sunday afternoon, scoring 20 points as Tennessee crushed 08 Stockholm Human Rights 116-50 in an exhibition game at Thompson-Boling Arena.

Freshman Tye'sha Fluker made an impressive debut with the Lady Vol basketball team Sunday afternoon, scoring 20 points as Tennessee crushed 08 Stockholm Human Rights 116-50 in an exhibition game at Thompson-Boling Arena.

Fellow rookie Shanna Zolman chipped in 15 points, as did sophomore Shyra Ely and senior Gwen Jackson. Jackson also peeled down 10 rebounds in 24 minutes of action, giving her a double-double.

''I told our team they did a lot of good things today,'' said Lady Vol Head Coach Pat Summitt. ''We demonstrated great tempo on offense, and we executed our primary break and our half-court offense. I thought our freshmen played well. Tye'sha Fluker has a great presence and could be a big difference for us this season.''

Two 3-pointers from junior guard Tasha Butts helped UT grab a 16-7 advantage with 14:23 to play in the first half. Seven points from Jackson, put-backs from Brittany Jackson and Ely and the first two of Fluker's 20 points highlighted a 17-0 Lady Vol run that moved the score to 29-7. The advantage continued to grow as Tennessee outscored its foe 34-15 over the last 10:42 to head into the locker room with a commanding 63-24 lead.

The second half was more of the same as Tennessee made a 24-7 run, finished by two straight buckets from Fluker, padding the lead to 87-31. Zolman, the leading scorer in Indiana high school history, hit a 3-pointer and two layups as Tennessee boosted the lead to 74 points (114-40).

''It was a tough start for us,'' said 08 Stockholm Head Coach Anders Hard. ''You want to try to keep the score down, but it's difficult against a team as good as Tennessee. Overall we were really impressed and learned a lot against a very talented squad.''

Tennessee opens for real next Sunday, Nov. 10th, welcoming 2002 Final Four participant Oklahoma into Thompson-Boling Arena for the 10th annual State Farm Classic. Tipoff is set for 3 p.m.


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