Freshman Alexis Hornbuckle looked shaky early in her first start for ninth-ranked Tennessee. The point guard regrouped in the second half, and so did the Vols. Hornbuckle scored 15 points...

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Freshman Alexis Hornbuckle looked shaky early in her first start for ninth-ranked Tennessee.


The point guard regrouped in the second half, and so did the Vols.


Hornbuckle scored 15 points, reserve center Sybil Dosty had 11 points and 11 rebounds and Tennessee rallied from 15 points down for a 78-63 victory over No. 15 DePaul yesterday.


The Vols (5-2) trailed the entire first half and didn’t take the lead until 11:20 remained in the game.


Hornbuckle struggled at first in replacing senior Loree Moore, who had her tonsils removed on Friday and could be out for a month.


“Alexis started the game on her heels and finished the game on her toes,” Tennessee coach Pat Summitt said.


The Blue Demons (6-2) tied it twice after the Vols finally took the lead but could not regain the momentum they had earlier.


The Blue Demons, who are 0-16 against Tennessee, pushed their lead in the second half to 11 twice, the last after Khara Smith’s basket for a 44-33 lead.


Then the Vols reeled off a 17-4 run to take a 50-48 lead with 11:20 left. Spencer, Hornbuckle and Dosty each converted three-point plays during the spurt.


Smith led DePaul with 18 points before she fouled out with 1:01 remaining.




Other Top 25 games




At No. 3 Duke 83, Liberty 48


Wanisha Smith scored a career-high 21 points as the Blue Devils (8-1) beat the Flames (3-4).




At No. 5 North Carolina 94, Coastal Carolina 52


Camille Little scored 18 points while freshman Erlana Larkins added 17 in her first start to lift the Tar Heels (8-1) over the overmatched Chanticleers (2-3).




At No. 13 Texas Tech 86, Mississippi 38


Chesley Dabbs scored 21 points and Alesha Robertson added 16 as the Raiders (5-1) crushed the Rebels (4-3).




At No. 14 Vanderbilt 94, Saint Louis 51


Ashley Earley scored 20 points and Carla Thomas added 19 as the Commodores (7-1) cruised past the Billikens (1-7).


Mia Johnson led Saint Louis with 25 points.




At No. 19 Maryland 81, Monmouth 49


Shay Doron contributed 20 points and seven steals as the Terrapins (7-1) defeated the Hawks (4-4).




At No. 21 Purdue 74, W. Michigan 42


Erin Lawless scored a career-high 26 points and grabbed seven rebounds as the Boilermakers (6-2) beat the Broncos (0-5).