Women Of Troy Drop One To Lady Vols

Dec 14, 2002

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) - Tennessee made up for a sluggish start with its tenacious defense.

Kara Lawson and Shyra Ely each scored 16 points as the No. 4 Lady Vols beat Southern California 71-39 on Saturday at the Forum.

Ebony Hoffman scored 10 points as Southern California (4-4) finished with the lowest point total in team history. Hoffman, hit in the nose by an elbow late in the second half, was taken to a hospital after the game for a CT scan.

The Lady Vols (7-1) opened the second half by outscoring the Trojans 14-4, opening a 42-18 lead. Tennessee led by at least 22 for the remainder of the game, and led by 34 three times.

'We had some ugly basketball out there early,' Tennessee coach Pat Summitt said. 'The team was frustrated at first. I felt that if we could keep our composure that we would get some good shots. The good outweighed the bad as the game went on.'

Southern Cal shot 27.3 percent in the first half, and scored just two points over the final 11:01 of the half.

The Lady Vols scored the last four points of the first half on baskets by Lawson and Loree Moore for a 28-14 halftime lead.

The 14 points were the fewest ever in a half by Southern Cal. The previous low was 15 on Jan. 27, 1990, against Oregon State.

Southern California's previous low point total was 40, on March 1, 1990, against Washington, which was coached by present USC coach Chris Gobrecht.

'It may have been a mistake to schedule this many tough games in such a short time frame,' said Gobrecht, whose team was facing a top-10 school for the fourth time in four weeks and lost all four games. 'We have not been able to recover emotionally from these losses. We are running on empty out there. We are just not at Tennessee's level yet.'

The win was Tennessee's fifth straight over Southern California, giving the Lady Vols an 8-7 lead in the series.

Tennessee had outscored its opponents by an average of 35.6 points entering Saturday's play.

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