Sunday, December 16, 2007

(1) Tennessee 96, Gonzaga 73

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Angie Bjorklund scored 23 points and Candace Parker 18 to help the top-ranked Tennessee Lady Volunteers defeat Gonzaga 96-73.

Nicky Anosike added 14 points and 11 rebounds for Tennessee (9-0), which played the last of five straight home games and won't return to Thompson-Boling Arena until Jan. 10. Jami Bjorklund scored 19 points for the Bulldogs (6-4), who fell to 1-4 on the road.

Tennessee picked up where it left off in the second half of Thursday's win over Middle Tennessee, which featured a decisive 18-0 run by the Lady Vols. Their 15-0 first-half spurt against Gonzaga gave them a 24-9 advantage after 8 minutes, which then grew to 20 points at the break and as many as 33 during the second half.

The game featured a match-up of siblings as the Lady Vols' Angie Bjorklund went against older sister Jami, who starts for Gonzaga, for the first time in their playing careers. The sisters guarded each other for part of the game and found themselves in a heap on the floor fighting for a loose ball in the second half.

The younger Bjorklund was named Southeastern Conference freshman of the week for Dec. 3-9, the first Tennessee women's player to earn the award since Parker won it five times during the 2005-06 season.

Shannon Bobbitt returned to the Tennessee lineup and contributed six points and a game-high 13 assists after missing most of the second half of Thursday's game against Middle Tennessee. Bobbitt suffered a forehead laceration after taking an elbow midway through the period and didn't return after having seven stitches to close the cut.

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