No. 6 Tennessee Routs South Carolina 74-44
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Shanna Zolman scored 13 points and sixth-ranked Tennessee cruised to a 74-44 victory over South Carolina on Thursday night
The Lady Vols (20-4, 10-1 Southeastern Conference) trailed once, 5-4, and quickly built their lead in the first half en route to their 60th straight league win at home and 31st in a row over the Gamecocks (6-19, 0-11)
Tennessee reached 20 wins for the 29th straight season under coach Pat Summitt, who is eight wins from passing Dean Smith as the winningest coach in NCAA history.
The Vols raced to an 18-8 lead, with Zolman scoring eight points during the spree.
The junior guard became the 31st player in Tennessee history to reach 1,000 career points with a jumper with 8:54 left in the half.
The Vols closed with first half with a 14-2 run, and opened the second half with a 14-4 run to push their lead to 31 with 10:47 remaining.
Ely, Tennessee’s leading scorer, came off the bench as a power forward for the second straight game. She played power forward the last three years before switching to small forward this season. Ely finished with seven points and nine rebounds.
All 10 Tennessee players who were in the game scored at least a basket, and the Lady Vols had a season-low nine turnovers.
Lauren Simms scored 16 points, and Iva Sliskovic had 14 to led the Gamecocks, who have lost a school-record nine in a row overall and 17 straight SEC games.
Former Lady Vols player Michelle Marciniak, now an assistant at South Carolina, missed the game because she was in Pennsylvania to be with her father, who had complications from surgery. Marciniak was the MVP of the 1996 Final Four.