Cardinal Downed By Tennessee, 71-56
By ELIZABETH A. DAVIS
AP Sports Writer
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee hasn't forgotten its 21-point loss totop-ranked Duke last month and the Lady Vols are doing all they can to preventanother game like it.
Gwen Jackson scored 16 points and Kara Lawson added 12 and No. 4 Tennesseebuilt an early lead in a 71-56 victory over No. 5 Stanford on Wednesday.
The Lady Vols (8-1) led from the beginning and prevented the Cardinal (5-1)from making any significant runs to mount a comeback. Tennessee outreboundedStanford 41-33 and forced 16 turnovers.
'I think one thing we learned from the Duke loss was that they probably wonalmost every hustle play,' Jackson said. 'When we go to practice and in everygame we play from here on out, we try to go out and not let our opponents beatus on hustle plays. When it comes down the stretch and the game is close,you're going to need to get those.'
Jackson and Lawson didn't play much of the second half, giving way tounderclassmen who kept Stanford at bay.
Ashley Robinson and freshman Shanna Zolman each scored 10 points for theLady Vols, who have beaten Stanford six consecutive times. Robinson also hadnine rebounds.
Tennessee begins a four-game road trip against former national champions onSaturday. The Lady Vols travel to Texas, Notre Dame, Connecticut and OldDominion.
The Lady Vols led by 13 points at halftime and pushed the lead to 21 in thefirst five minutes of the second half. Loree Moore hit a 3 and Robinson hadconsecutive rebound baskets in a 7-0 run that made it 52-31 with 14:53 left.
Tennessee played most of the second half without Lawson and Jackson, thelone seniors. But Lady Vols coach Pat Summitt put Lawson back in after theCardinal whittled the lead to 15 with 6:36 to go. Jackson came back two minuteslater as Tennessee went back ahead by 19.
Stanford kept the game close at times with 3-point shooting. SebnemKimyacioglu was 4-of-10 as the Cardinal shot 8-of-24 from beyond the arc.
But Stanford got careless as Tennessee's defense stiffened, causing fiveturnovers in the first six minutes of the second half.
'One of the things the coaching staff stressed at halftime was ourdefensive pressure,' Lawson said. 'We wanted to make them work more. I thinkthat step-up in defensive pressure kind of rattled them at the beginning of thesecond half.'
Kimyacioglu led the Cardinal with 18 points while Azella Perryman and KelleySuminski each had 14.
Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said her team was disappointed about the lossbut believes it will help prepare the players for the rest of the season. TheCardinal have no seniors, and all five starters are sophomores.
'This is a tough place to play. This is a young team. I think it will onlyhelp us,' she said. 'We've had some really good teams get beat (by Tennessee)more than this.'
Stanford cut the lead down to a basket twice in the first half but couldn'tsustain a rally.
The Lady Vols pushed their lead to nine on Lawson's 3-pointer with 8:05 togo before halftime. The Cardinal got as close as 28-21 before Tennessee got itsbiggest lead, 36-23 with 1:50 left, after Zolman converted a four-point play.
The Lady Vols' defense allowed Stanford one shot in the final 45 seconds bydenying three consecutive attempts to inbound the ball. VanDerveer called atimeout with 41 seconds left before Stanford successfully got the ball inboundsand Perryman got off a shot that missed.
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