No. 6 Tennessee 85, No. 2 Vanderbilt 82
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Latina Davis scored seven points in the last two minutes and assisted on Tennessee’s other basket as the No. 6 Lady Vols rallied to upset previously unbeaten, second-ranked Vanderbilt 85-82 Friday night.
Vanderbilt (14-1, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) led 79-76 with 2:21 to go on a basket by Na’Sheema Hillmon before Davis took over for Tennessee (15-3, 4-1).
Davis hit a free throw, converted a three-point play and added another basket with 1:21 left that tied the game 82-all.
After a Vanderbilt miss, Davis drove into the lane and fired a pass underneath to Pashen Thompson, who converted with 27.2 seconds left for an 84-82 Tennessee lead.
Vanderbilt’s Katie Janky, a freshman center in the game because Mara Cunningham and Angelica Gorsica both had fouled out, missed a 10-footer and Davis rebounded. She was fouled with 4.4 seconds left and hit one free throw for the final margin.
As good as Davis was on offense in the clutch, her second-half defense may have been more important. Vanderbilt’s Sheri Sam scored 20 points in the first half, but Davis, who was questionable for the game after spraining an ankle Wednesday night against Arkansas, held her to five in the second half.
Chamique Holdsclaw led the Lady Vols with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Davis finished with 15 points and eight assists. Abby Conklin had 14 points, Thompson 13, and Michelle Marciniak 10.
Hillmon, with 14, was the only other Commodore in double figures.
Tennessee overcame an 11-point halftime deficit by scoring the first 12 points of the second half.
The lead swapped hands eight more times in the next 5 1/2 minutes. Tiffany Johnson’s three-point play put the Lady Vols up 68-67 with 10:27 to go, but Vanderbilt retook the lead 71-70 on two free throws by Cunningham with 5 1/2 minutes left.
The Commodores held the lead until Thompson’s bucket broke the 82-all tie.