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Posted on: Thursday, December 17, 2009

No. 3 Lady Vols romp, 86-56


Associated Press

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Tennessee's Angie Bjorklund soars past Louisville's Monique Reid to score two of her 19 points in an 86-56 win.

WADE PAYNE | Associated Press

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. The third-ranked Tennessee Lady Volunteers know they'll need to create their own energy when they go on the road to play No. 2 Stanford this weekend.

They got some practice putting together some long runs in an 86-56 win over Louisville last night.

"Coach emphasized keeping the ball inside and keeping our energy up," Angie Bjorklund said. "We need a 40-minute game. We're working towards that. Stanford will be on their home court. Creating our own energy will be huge when we step on their court."

Three days before Saturday's showdown in California, Bjorklund made one of the biggest contributions to Tennessee's energy, scoring 19 points all but four on 3-pointers.

Despite jumping out to a 23-3 lead to open the game, Tennessee (9-0) went cold halfway through the first half as Louisville (6-4) shook off six early turnovers in its first meeting with the Lady Vols.

"I'm not saying I'm a really smart coach, but if you don't shoot, you don't score," said Louisville coach Jeff Walz, who led the Cardinals to the NCAA championship game last season. "Once we figured out it's better to throw it to our own team, we did some better things. We started to score."

No. 5 LSU 75, North Carolina A&T 33: Allison Hightower scored 12 points, LaSondra Barrett added 10 points and seven rebounds and the host Lady Tigers (9-0) cruised past the Aggies (4-5) in the championship game of the inaugural Sue Gunter Classic.

No. 6 Baylor 101, Oral Roberts 76: Brittney Griner had the first triple-double in school history with 34 points, 13 rebounds and a Big 12 record 11 blocks as the host Lady Bears (9-1) rolled past the Golden Eagles (7-3).

No. 10 Florida State 70, Central Florida 58: Cierra Brevard had 12 points and six rebounds and the visiting Seminoles (9-0) used a 9-0 run for a 55-41 lead with 5:49 to play in holding off the Knights (2-5).

No. 17 Texas 64, Mississippi 58: Brittainey Raven had 17 points and eight rebounds, and the host Longhorns (6-3), trailing by seven with just under eight minutes remaining, closed out the game on a 22-9 run to turn back the Rebels (6-4).

No. 25 Georgia Tech 87, Oregon 69: Deja Foster had 21 points, Brigitte Ardossi added 19, and the host Yellow Jackets (7-2) trailed 18-17 before racing to a 47-39 halftime lead in beating the Ducks (8-2).

RANKED MEN

No. 18 Ohio State 78, Presbyterian 48: Jon Diebler scored 12 points, including two 3-pointers in a 14-0 run to open the game, as the host Buckeyes (8-2) routed the Blue Hose (2-9), who got $75,000 to play in the lopsided game.

No. 19 New Mexico 96, Northern Arizona 57: Roman Martinez scored 17 points and the host Lobos (11-0) opened with a 14-0 run, then started the second half with a 14-2 run on the way to an easy victory over the Lumberjacks (3-6).

No. 20 Mississippi 91, UTEP 81: Chris Warren scored 32 points, including 11 in overtime, and the host Rebels (9-1) rallied from a 70-58 deficit to tie it at 72-all at the end of regulation before going on to beat the Miners (5-2).

No. 22 Georgia Tech 65, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 53: Gani Lawal had 15 points and 15 rebounds and freshman Derrick Favors added 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead the host Yellow Jackets (8-1) past the Golden Lions (0-8), who have yet to play a home game.

ALABAMA-BIRMINGHAM 64, No. 25 Cincinnati 47: Elijah Millsap had 22 points and 15 rebounds to lead the host Blazers (9-1) to their eighth straight victory, while handing the Bearcats (6-3) their second loss in a row.

WAC

Utah State 68, Cal-State Bakersfield 51: Tai Wesley had 15 points and 10 rebounds, Tyler Newbold added 13 points, and the visiting Aggies (6-3) committed just five turnovers en route to beating the Roadrunners (1-7).

A 27-2 run over a 12-minute period in the first half gave Utah State a commanding lead. The Aggies made 11 of 21 shots from the floor during the run which resulted in a 34-17 halftime lead.