No. 6 Stanford Downed By No. 2 Tennessee In OT
By JANIE McCAULEY
AP Sports Writer
STANFORD, Calif. - Once Tennessee finally figured out how to flusterNicole Powell, the Lady Vols began a remarkable rally.
Shanna Zolman scored five of her 18 points in overtime, and thesecond-ranked Lady Vols survived for a thrilling 70-66 victory Sunday over No.6 Stanford in a game of two unbeaten women's teams.
Powell had 32 points - five shy of her career high - and 16 rebounds, butwas 7-for-25 after halftime. The senior forward and All-America candidatemissed a shot under pressure just before the buzzer at the end of regulationand a 3-pointer from the top of the arc with 11 seconds left in overtime thatwould have tied the game.
Shyra Ely and Ashley Robinson added 16 points apiece for Tennessee (5-0),which earned its second comeback victory in four days despite its poorshooting. Stanford (6-1), which shot 56.5 percent in the first half, had 20turnovers and allowed 17 offensive rebounds.
Tennessee's LaToya Davis forced the extra period when she stole the ball atmidcourt from Kelley Suminski and tied the game at 56 with 20 seconds left.Then Powell went the length of the court, but missed.
Moments earlier, Tennessee's Loree Moore was whistled for an offensive foulwith 32 seconds left, her fifth; yet another chance on which Stanford didn'tcapitalize.
It was the third overtime game in the history of this series, led 15-4 bythe Lady Vols.
Many scouts and former Stanford stars were among a sellout crowd of 7,391.Even the official NCAA mascot and Santa made it to this one, and saw Tennesseeshoot an uncharacteristic 23.5 percent (8-of-34) in the first half and trail byas many as 14 points.
Stanford went cold on offense and made some poor passes late in the game toallow the Lady Vols back in it. After a turnover by Suminski, Moore's basket onthe other end pulled Tennessee to 56-52 with 3:13 left before Stanford called atimeout.
Ely scored with 2:04 left to make it 56-54, and Tennessee went to its stingyfull-court defense.
Stanford has been stuck at No. 6 in the poll for about a year and hoped thiswould be the opportunity to move up. Last season, the Cardinal beat then-No. 2Kansas State without Powell at Maples Pavilion, where Stanford had won 26straight before losing to Minnesota in the second round of the NCAA tournamentlast March.
The Lady Vols received their first real test Thursday, when they resorted totrash talking in a come-from-behind 59-49 win over Rutgers after trailing by asmany as six points in the second half.
Tennessee beat Stanford 71-56 last season at Thompson-Boling Arena inKnoxville, and hasn't lost at Maples since a 90-72 defeat on Dec. 16, 1995.
Both teams were sloppy early, combining for nine turnovers in the first4:20.
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