Lady Vols Beaten By 3-Point Bomb

No. 4 Tennessee fell victim to a 3-point basket by Nina Norman that swished the net with one second remaining to lift No. 21 Texas to a 63-62 upset victory over the Lady Vols Saturday in Austin.

Tennessee (8-2) was awarded a pair of free throw attempts on a techincal foul, which resulted from the celebration that spilled onto the court after the game winner, and Kara Lawson knocked down both foul shots, but a length of the court pass that followed went out of bounds as the game clock sounded, setting off a second Texas celebration.

The victory was the second straight upset the Lady Longhorns have scored over Tennessee. Last year Texas (6-2) came to Knoxville and knocked off the Lady Vols 69-66.

The 24th renewal of this rivalry, which Tennessee leads 15-9 (including 13 in a row before the two-game slide) was close throughout, featuring 10 lead changes and 10 ties. Texas led 35-33 at the half and the teams weren't separated by any more than four points in the second half. Tennessee jumped off to a 7-0 advantage for the game's biggest advantage.

Kara Lawson, who scored a season-high 24 points, tied the contest at 57-57 by hitting both ends of a one-plus-one with 2:16 remaining, but missed a chance to put the Lady Vols ahead by misfiring on the front end with 1:34 remaining. However, the Lady Vols chased down the rebound and Lawson ripped a 3-pointer from the baseline to put Tennessee up 60-57 at the 1:29 mark.

Twenty-eight seconds later, Texas tied the score on a three-point basket by Heather Scheiber at the top of the key. Scheiber finished the game with 18 points to pace the Lady Longhorns.

Following a Tennessee miss on the other end of the court, Texas secured the ball and ran the clock down to three seconds before Norman put up her game-winner over Loree Moore. It was only the fourth basket that the freshman has scored from beyond the arc this season.

Lawson connected on 6-of-8 three pointers in the contest while Tasha Butts added 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Lady Vols. During the final three minutes of the tight contest, Tennessee committed three unforced turnovers and missed the front end of two one-plus-one shots.

Texas head coach Jody Conradt captured her 794th victory to move within two wins of Tennessee's Pat Summitt who has 796.

Summitt's race to 800 victories will meet tough resistance as Tennessee takes on Notre Dame (Dec. 28), UConn and Old Dominion on the road before returning home for contests against Auburn and DePaul.

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