The Tennessee Lady Vols defeated the Swedish Visby Ladies team 100-60 in an
exhibition game Sunday at Thompson-Boling Arena.
The game was the three-time defending national champion Lady Vols first and
only tune-up for Friday's season-opener against Portland.
"We picked it up in the second half and I was really pleased with the
intensity overall," said Lady Vol head coach Pat Summitt.
Sophomore Tamika Catchings led Tennessee with 21 points and 10 rebounds.
She also had four steals and blocked shots. Senior Chamique Holdsclaw
pitched in 19 points and also grabbed 10 boards.
The Lady Vols led just 49-39 at halftime, but they turned it on in the
final 20 minutes, outscoring Visby 51-21.
"I thought we came out in the first half kind of slow and not playing the
way we can," said Holdsclaw, the defending women's national Player of the
Year. "The second half we came out playing Tennessee basketball and
everyone was more into things."
Tennessee had five players, including Holdsclaw and Catchings, finish in
double figures in scoring. Sophomore Semeka Randall and senior Kelly Jolly
had 13 and 12 points, respectively.
Freshman Michelle Snow came off the bench to score 13 points on 6-of-7
shooting and grab eight rebounds.
"She gives us another force on the glass," Summitt said. I think she will
come along and help us down the road."
The Lady Vols will be looking to extend their 45-game winning streak when
they host Portland at 7 p.m. Friday at Thompson-Boling Arena.
Rowing team wins regatta
The Lady Vol rowing team concluded competition at the 1998 Head of the
Chattahoochee regatta Saturday on Lake Lanier near Gainesville, Ga. The
Tennessee "A" boat recorded a first-place finish in the Women's
Championship 8+ final with a time of 18:46.50.
The Lady Vols added another victory to their season total with the 8+ boat,
coxed by Tina Mazzolini. The shell was filled by a group of veterans,
including Michael Moore, Lauren Kueck, Alexis Lombard, Megan Reinhart and
Marie Hansom. Three freshmen, Jennifer Bradley, Caroline McKittrick and
Leslie Boyle, rounded out the slots.
Tennessee entered two additional boats into the Championship 8+ race,
finishing ninth and 10th with times of 19:52.40 and 20:00.60,
Tennessee also put forth a strong showing in the Women's Freshman Novice 8+
final, as Lady Vol boats crossed the line in second (19:57.00) and fifth
(21:13.60). In addition, four UT rowers also added a seventh-place finish
in the Women's Championship 4+ final with a time of 22:01.70.
The weekend race concluded the fall schedule for the Lady Vols. The team
will resume competition in the spring.