(8) Tennessee (8-3) vs. Old Dominion (4-4)
Game Info: 2:00 pm EST Sun Jan 2, 2005
Coming off one of the worst losses in school history, eighth-ranked Tennessee hopes to rebound Sunday at Old Dominion's Ted Constant Convocation Center, where the Lady Monarchs have won 21 in a row.
The Lady Vols (8-3) suffered a stunning 65-51 loss at No. 24 Rutgers on Wednesday, shooting a season-low 28 percent (15-for-54). The 51 points tied the second-fewest in a game for Tennessee, which also scored 51 against Georgia in 2000 and Long Beach State in 1983.
The Lady Vols' record low is 46 against Louisiana Tech in 1982.
Senior Shyra Ely, who leads Tennessee in scoring (13.1) and rebounding (6.5), had 13 points and eight rebounds. Freshman reserve Nicky Anosike added 12 points and nine rebounds for the Lady Vols, who had won four in a row.
``We weren't good in any aspect of our game tonight,'' said Tennessee coach Pat Summitt, whose team's schedule is ranked the strongest in the country.
The Lady Vols are still waiting to see heralded rookie Candace Parker in a game. The former McDonald's All-American, who averaged 24.3 points and 11.5 rebounds in high school during her senior season, has yet to play because of a knee injury. She practiced Friday, but no timetable has been set for her debut.
Tennessee also got good news about senior point guard Loree Moore, who had her tonsils removed Dec. 10. The senior point guard will visit Dr. Leslie Baker on Monday, and expects to be cleared for full practice and play.
The Lady Monarchs haven't lost at home since a 74-73 setback to Boston College in the first round of the NCAA tournament on March 22, 2003. Old Dominion is 4-0 at home this season.
Old Dominion comes in off a 79-55 loss at No. 7 North Carolina on Thursday. Freshman Tiffany Green led the Monarchs with 19 points and 11 rebounds, and senior guard Shareese Grant, who averages a team-high 17 points, was held to six.
Old Dominion fell to 1-2 against ranked teams this season, with the victory coming in a 69-61 home decision over the Scarlet Knights on Dec. 5.
Tennessee hasn't lost to the Lady Monarchs since Jan. 7, 1997, when it dropped an 83-72 decision. The Lady Vols have won 23 of the last 24 meetings, and lead the all-time series 28-9.