Nicky Anosike scored 15 points to lead second-ranked Tennessee to its fourth straight victory, 79-65 over Gonzaga in the Paradise Jam tournament on Friday night.
CHARLOTTE AMALIE, U.S. Virgin Islands — Nicky Anosike scored 15 points to lead second-ranked Tennessee to its fourth straight victory, 79-65 over Gonzaga in the Paradise Jam tournament on Friday night.
Tye’sha Fluker added 13 points and freshman Candace Parker had 12 for the Vols, who face No. 10 Maryland today.
Senior Anne Bailey of Snohomish scored 22 points and Katy Ridenour added 17 points for unranked Gonzaga, which faces No. 9 Michigan State today.
Gonzaga (1-3) shot 58.8 percent in a first half that included four ties and six lead changes. Tennessee (4-0) led by seven points at the break.
Tennessee coach Pat Summit was not happy with the first-half effort by her team.
“I told them, ‘You just don’t understand. It’s Tennessee,’ ” Summit said. “So, we had a little history lesson at halftime. I said, ‘You have to understand, everyone is going to bring their ‘A’ game against you.
“I told them, ‘I’m not going to motivate you. You motivate yourself. This is your team.’ There wasn’t any panic.”
Tennessee started the second half with more energy and extended its lead to 21 points in the first five minutes of the second half. The Vols, second in The Associated Press media poll, are No. 1 in the USA Today/ESPN coaches poll.
Gonzaga coach Kelly Graves was pleased with the team’s effort.
“I’ve never been one for moral victories, but I’m really proud of our team,” Graves said. “We didn’t give in and give up.”
No. 3 Louisiana St. 74, Nebraska 55
Seimone Augustus scored 24 points and the Tigers (3-0) overcame a six-point halftime deficit to beat the Cornhuskers (1-2) at the Miami Thanksgiving Classic in Coconut Grove, Fla.
Augustus reached double figures in points for the 100th time in her 108-game career.
Sylvia Fowles added 23 points, including 18 in the first half on 7-for-7 shooting.
Kiera Hardy had 26 points for Nebraska.
No. 6 Rutgers 66, N. Florida 36
Cappie Pondexter scored 20 points and the Scarlet Knights opened their season with a victory over the Ospreys (1-2) at the Junkanoo Jam in Freeport, Bahamas.
Rutgers finally wore down North Florida in the final five minutes.
Matee Ajavon added 19 points for Rutgers.
No. 10 Maryland 75,
No. 9 Michigan St. 61
Shay Doron scored 16 points to lead the Terrapins (4-0) to their fourth straight win. She also had six assists and five steals.
Lindsay Bowen scored 21 points for the Spartans (2-2).