The sixth-ranked Tennessee women used free throws to pull away in overtime and beat No. 3 Stanford 82-72 Sunday.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee coach Pat Summitt had plenty of strong messages for her players in practice after an embarrassing loss at second-ranked Baylor. After the Vols had squandered a lead against Stanford, she called a timeout to give them one more.
“She just said, ‘We’re not going to lose this game,’ ” Tennessee guard Meighan Simmons recalled. “I just think that everybody thought about what they needed to do to help the team win, and we just brought all of that together.”
Simmons did her part with 23 points and by making a three-pointer to force overtime, and No. 6 Tennessee used free throws to pull away in the extra session and beat No. 3 Stanford 82-72 Sunday night.
Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer was denied her 800th career victory again; the Cardinal lost at No. 22 DePaul on Thursday. Her next chance comes Wednesday against San Francisco.
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Tennessee’s Angie Bjorklund, who is from Spokane Valley, scored 16 points on 7-for-12 shooting and had a team-high four assists.
The Cardinal (6-2) held a 63-57 lead with 6:21 to go in regulation, but Simmons made two free throws to tie the score at 63 with 4:59 to go.
Jeanette Pohlen, who led Stanford with 24 points, hit a three-pointer from the wing with 1:07 to go to give the Cardinal a 70-67 lead, but Simmons charged down the floor and answered with her own three and sent the crowd of 14,197 into a frenzy.
The Vols (10-2) went 8 of 14 from the free-throw line in overtime. They led by as many as 14 points in the first half.
at Saint Mary’s 71
Amanda Johnson scored 19 points and Nia Jackson had a double-double to lead the Ducks (8-2) past the Gaels (5-7).
Jackson, a graduate of Chief Sealth High School in Seattle, scored 17 points on 5-for-10 shooting and had game-high totals of 11 assists and five steals.
At USC 74,
San Diego St. 64
Ashley Corral, who is from Vancouver, Wash., scored a game-high 23 points and added six assists as USC (7-3) beat the Aztecs (4-5) in the title game of the Women of Troy Basketball Tournament. Corral made 7 of 14 shots.
Paris Johnson led San Diego State with 18 points.
At Arizona 71,
New Mexico St. 59
Soana Lucet scored 15 points and Davellyn White added 14 as the Wildcats (7-2) defeated the Aggies (6-5). Arizona had a 49-31 rebounding advantage and scored 38 points in the paint, compared with 18 for New Mexico State.
at Texas-Arlington 56
Afure Jemerigbe scored 17 points and DeNesha Stallworth had 15 as the Golden Bears (7-2) rolled past the Mavericks (3-7).
No. 9 UCLA 72, Hawaii 44
The Bruins (9-0), who are off to their best start in 30 years, had little trouble with the Rainbow Wahine (4-5) in a Rainbow Wahine Shootout game in Hilo, Hawaii.