Lady Vols overcome Vandy

Freshman sharpshooter Shanna Zolman came off the bench to score 20 points, including four 3-pointers, as the Lady Vol basketball team roared from behind to dump No. 17 Vanderbilt 81-67 Sunday night in Nashville.

Senior Kara Lawson scored a game-high 26 as No. 4 Tennessee and provided an emotional life as Pat Summitt's crew rallied from a 16-point first-half deficit to register their ninth straight victory.

Zolman was 4-of-7 from 3-point range in helping Tennessee (18-3, 7-0 SEC) improve to 39-6 in the all-time series with Vandy. She scored 10 of UT's first 13 points of the second half, turning a 37-34 halftime deficit into a lead the visitors never lost.

"Shanna Zolman today took a lot of pressure off everyone," Summitt said.

Vanderbilt (13-7, 3-4) shot 61 percent from the floor in the opening minutes and built a commanding 25-9 lead. The momentum shifted just before intermission, however. Tennessee shot 60 percent in the second half and the Commodores just 39 percent. UT's superior depth proved crucial in wearing down Vandy.

Chantelle Anderson, Vandy's 6-6 senior center, paced the hosts with 21 points. Ashley McElhiney added 16.

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