Stanford Hands No. 1 Tennessee First Loss, 73-69
Dec. 22, 2007
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) -- Finally, it was Candice Wiggins' and Stanford's turn in the long rivalry with Tennessee.
Rosalyn Gold-Onwude scored nine of Stanford's 10 points in overtime, Wiggins sunk one of two free throws with 28.6 left and finished with 22 and the No. 5 Cardinal shocked previously unbeaten and top-ranked Tennessee 73-69 on Saturday night to end an 11-game losing streak in the series.
Tennessee star Candace Parker missed the first of two free throws with 30.5 seconds left after scoring the tying basket with 7.4 seconds left in regulation to force OT. Tennessee had a chance in the final 30 seconds of overtime but Shannon Bobbitt turned the ball over with 8 seconds left.
Wiggins scored Stanford's final six points of regulation but missed two free throws with 16.9 seconds left and Parker answered with the tying score on the other end, sending the game into extra time at 63 all.
Jayne Appel had 19 points and 14 rebounds and freshman Kayla Pedersen's outstanding defense on Parker was a key factor in the upset, Stanford's first win over Tennessee since an 82-65 victory on Dec. 15, 1996, in Knoxville -- during the Cardinal's last Final Four season.
Parker finished with 25 points, 10 rebounds and four assists and Alexis Hornbuckle had 15 in the first defeat for Tennessee (10-1).
The Cardinal (10-1) won their seventh straight game and earned coach Tara VanDerveer her 699th career victory, and she will try to become the seventh Division I coach to reach the 700 mark in the Pac-10 opener next Friday against Washington State.
Candace vs. Candice -- or 'Ace' vs. 'Ice' as some prefer to call the matchup between two of the country's top players -- was a thriller as expected.
Pat Summitt's defending champion Lady Vols shot 59 percent in the first half and crashed hard to the offensive glass to create second and third chances, but couldn't sustain that level of play for the entire game.
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