When Stanford tied Tennessee with five seconds to go, Vols coach Pat Summitt thought about calling a timeout. Her decision to let the game continue uninterrupted turned out to...

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — When Stanford tied Tennessee with five seconds to go, Vols coach Pat Summitt thought about calling a timeout.

Her decision to let the game continue uninterrupted turned out to be for the best.

Shanna Zolman made a three-pointer at the buzzer to give ninth-ranked Tennessee a 70-67 victory over No. 2 Stanford last night.

The Cardinal (8-1) had whittled Tennessee’s 11-point lead with 6:51 remaining to 67-64 with 15.8 seconds to go to set up the dramatic finish.

Stanford’s Kelley Suminski made a three with 5.6 seconds left, and the game appeared on its way to overtime.

But the Vols had another idea. While Summitt contemplated calling a timeout, Zolman was speeding down the middle of the court with the ball.

“Once I saw the ball coming up the floor at a pretty rapid pace, then I just looked the other way,” Summitt said.

Zolman shot from about 25 feet as the buzzer sounded.

Tennessee defeated the Cardinal for the ninth straight time.

Stanford hasn’t beaten Tennessee since 1996, and each of the last three years the Vols have handed the Cardinal its first loss of the season.

“As hard as it is right now, I think it will pay off big dividends for us down the road,” Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. “It was a great game. Honestly, I think you saw an NCAA tournament game. This is what it is like in the tournament.”

Shyra Ely led the Vols with 16 points.

Suminski had 21 for Stanford.

Highly regarded freshman Candace Parker, who has had two knee operations this year, has been cleared to begin practicing with the Vols on Sunday.

Parker is a 6-foot-3 forward from Naperville, Ill. Summitt said she didn’t know when Parker might play in a game.

Other games

At Arizona State 61, No. 8 Connecticut 50

Sophomore Emily Westerberg, a former Central Valley High School standout, had a season-high 18 points and Kristen Kovesdy added 14, leading the Sun Devils (8-2) over the Huskies (4-2). UConn is the three-time defending NCAA champion.

Arizona State won its ninth straight home game and 22nd in the last 24.

At No. 10 Ohio State 83, No. 20 UCLA 60

Caity Matter set a school record for career threes and scored 19 points to help the Buckeyes (11-1) defeat the Bruins (6-3). Matter has 221 three-pointers in her career.

UCLA point guard Nikki Blue, averaging 9.9 points and 4.9 assists a game, suffered a head injury in the team’s previous game that prevented her from playing against Ohio State. UCLA issued a statement that said Blue was experiencing “concussion-like symptoms.”

Valparaiso 56, at Washington State 50

Jenna Stangler scored 16 points to lead the Crusaders (5-4) over the Cougars (4-5).

WSU’s Kate Benz posted her third double-double of the season. She had 21 points and 15 rebounds.

At Arkansas 65, Oregon 62

Free throws in the closing seconds by Sarah Pfeifer and Rochelle Vaughn helped the Razorbacks (9-1) defeat the Ducks (7-2).

Oregon’s Cathrine Kraayeveld, a former standout at Lake Washington High School in Kirkland, led all scorers with 20 points.

USC 71, at Texas Christian 70

Sophomore guard Jamie Hagiya made the winning shot as the Women of Troy (6-3) beat the Frogs (7-5) in a thriller.

USC’s Meghan Gnekow contributed 16 points and 13 rebounds.

At Oregon State 72, Pacific 43

Shannon Howell had 19 points and four rebounds to lead the Beavers (4-5) over the Tigers (2-5).

At California 67, Hampton 60

Senior guard Kristin Iwanaga scored a career-high 22 points as the Golden Bears (6-3) defeated the Pirates (3-6).