Oklahoma City, OK (Sports Network) - Kamiko Williams tallied 15 points,
leading four players in double figures, as the Tennessee Lady Vols registered
a 74-59 win over the Oklahoma Sooners in the regional semifinals at Chesapeake
Also scoring in double digits for the second-seeded Lady Vols (27-7), who are
now on to the Elite Eight for the 26th time in program history, were Cierra
Burdick who dropped in 13 points, followed by Taber Spani and Isabelle
Harrison with 12 points apiece, the latter accounting for eight rebounds as
well as Tennessee moved to an incredible 115-23 all-time in NCAA Tournament
The sixth-seeded Sooners (24-11) were paced by Sharane Campbell who scored a
game-high 22 points, while Joanna McFarland put together a double-double with
14 points and 16 boards. Aaryn Ellenberg pitched in with 13 points, but shot
just 2-of-10 from 3-point range and 5-of-21 from the floor overall.
Unfortunately for Oklahoma, the team lost the services of Morgan Hook in the
first half due to injury, leaving them without their floor leader who was
responsible for more than five assists per game this season.
Tennessee opened the meeting on a 9-3 run, but the Sooners managed to knot the
score four minutes in at 9-9. However, from there the Lady Vols again went on
the attack, using a 17-4 scoring run to assume the lead and eventually take a
44-27 edge at the break.
Oklahoma was limited to a mere 28.2 percent shooting from the floor through
the first 20 minutes of action, including 3-of-15 beyond the arc.
In the second half the Vols extended their advantage to as many as 28 points
before the Sooners began chipping away in order to make the final score appear
somewhat more acceptable. Both teams shot only 33.3 percent from the floor
Oklahoma won the rebounding battle, 50-47, but it made little difference as
the squad knocked down only 5-of-29 shots on the perimeter and turned the ball
over 17 times on the afternoon,
With the win the Vols, now coached by Holly Warlick who is in his first year
following the departure of legendary Pat Summitt, now await their opponent in
the regional finals in a couple of days as they face off against the survivor
of the Louisville/Baylor battle.
Tennessee, which has won a record eight national titles, the last coming in
2008, will be aiming for a 23rd appearance in the Final Four on Tuesday.
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