AUBURN, Ala. -- Candace Parker had 25 points and 11 rebounds to lead third-ranked Tennessee to a 72-62 victory over Auburn on Thursday night.
Alexis Hornbuckle added 12 points and nine rebounds, and Nicky Anosike had 10 points for Tennessee (22-2, 9-0 Southeastern Conference), which raced out to an early 10-2 advantage and led 32-24 at halftime.
DeWanna Bonner led Auburn (17-9, 4-5) with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Reserve KeKe Carrier added 11 points and nine rebounds.
The 6-foot-4 Parker controlled the paint on both ends of the court. She made 8 of 15 shots from the floor, 9 of 10 from the free throw line and scored 17 of her points in the second half.
Led by Parker, the Lady Vols outscored the Tigers 15-5 over the first 5-plus minutes of the second half to take a 47-29 lead.
Auburn turned up the tempo and closed to within seven points with 5 minutes remaining, but forward Sidney Spencer had seven points in the next 2 minutes to extend the lead to 14 for the Lady Vols.