[The Brazil Times nameplate] Overcast ~ 59°F  
High: 58°F ~ Low: 43°F
Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Parker ties career-high to end Notre Dame's season

Monday, March 31, 2008

By JEFF LATZKE

AP Sports Writer

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Candace Parker did all she could to keep Tennessee's hopes alive for a second straight national championship.

Parker matched her career best with 34 points and hauled in 12 rebounds, pushing the top-seed Lady Vols to the regional finals for the eighth straight year with a 74-64 win against Notre Dame on Sunday night in the Oklahoma City Regional.

The 6-foot-3 All-American put back Nicky Anosike's miss and then converted a three-point play off a transition jumper to send Tennessee into the lead with a 14-0 run early in the second half, and the Lady Vols never looked back on their way to the round of eight for the 23rd time.

Shannon Bobbitt added a pair of 3-pointers as Tennessee built its lead to 60-44 before Notre Dame made a late rally. Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw, who led the Irish to the 2001 national championship, fell to 0-16 against Tennessee.

The Lady Vols will face Texas A&M on Tuesday night in the regional final. Tennessee is going for its 17th Final Four berth, while the Aggies are trying for their first.

For a while, Notre Dame was able to stay in front of the Lady Vols even with Parker on a tear.

Parker scored Tennessee's first eight points while her teammates combined to miss their first eight shots, and she had 19 by halftime. But the rest of the Lady Vols combined for only 12 in the first half, and Notre Dame led 33-31 at intermission.

It was only the third time this season the Lady Vols trailed at halftime, and they'd come back to win both times against Mississippi State and Georgia.

It was no different this time.

Notre Dame freshman Becca Bruszewski scored 16 to match the career-high she had in the first round against SMU and Charel Allen also had 16 for the Irish.

TENNESSEE 74, NOTRE DAME 64

NOTRE DAME (25-9)

Gaines 1-5 0-0 2, Williamson 1-2 0-0 2, Allen 6-16 4-5 16, Schrader 5-8 3-3 13, Barlow 5-13 1-3 11, Mallory 0-2 3-4 3, Bruszewski 7-15 2-2 16, D'Amico 0-0 0-0 0, Lechlitner 0-2 1-2 1. Totals 25-63 14-19 64.

TENNESSEE (33-2)

Parker 11-18 12-17 34, Auguste 3-12 0-0 6, Anosike 4-8 2-5 10, Hornbuckle 3-8 2-3 8, Bobbitt 3-9 2-2 11, Bjorklund 2-6 0-0 5, Fuller 0-2 0-0 0, Baugh 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 26-65 18-27 74.

Halftime--Notre Dame 33-31. 3-Point Goals--Notre Dame 0-5 (Allen 0-1, Mallory 0-2, Barlow 0-2), Tennessee 4-13 (Bobbitt 3-7, Bjorklund 1-4, Hornbuckle 0-2). Fouled Out--None. Rebounds--Notre Dame 42 (Schrader 9), Tennessee 45 (Parker 13). Assists--Notre Dame 7 (Allen, Gaines 3), Tennessee 12 (Hornbuckle 4). Total Fouls--Notre Dame 20, Tennessee 18. A--NA.



Respond to this story

Posting a comment requires free registration: