Tennessee Takes The Title
Thanks to 15 points and seven rebounds from star Candace Parker, Tennessee claimed its seventh national championship in women's basketball tonight with a 59-46 win over Rutgers before a decidedly pro-Lady Vols crowd of 20,704 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.
Mel has filed a recap of the game for Philly.com, which you can read here.
Parker aside, the box score was dominated by players from boroughs of New York. Rutgers center Kia Vaughn, of the Bronx, led all scorers with 20 points and pulled down 10 rebounds. Another Bronx native, Tennessee guard Shannon Bobbitt, was the Lady Vols' second-leading scorer with 13 points on 4-of-9 shooting, with all the made shots and all but one of the attempts coming from three-point range.
Other than Vaughn, no Rutgers player recorded double figures in scoring. Essence Carson was held to eight points on 4-of-11 shooting, while Matee Ajavon also only scored eight points, on 3-of-9 shooting.
On the whole, Rutgers actually recorded a higher field goal percentage than Tennesse, 40.8 percent to 34.5 percent, but the Scarlet Knights were beaten in other major categories. They made only two of 10 three-point attempts to Tennessee's five of 15, and shot only 4-for-10 from the free throw line to the Lady Vols' 14-for-23.
But Tennessee's biggest advantage came on the glass. The Lady Vols out-rebounded Rutgers by a 40-30 margin, including 23 offensive rebounds to the Scarlet Knights' 19 defensive rebounds. Tennessee center Nicky Anosike pulled down 16 boards -- including 10 on the offensive end.
Anosike, of Staten Island, made this writer lament the lack of players from Manhattan and Queens to round things out.
Mel's full recap, along with further coverage from Inquirer columnists on the scene, will appear in the morning's edition of the Inquirer as well as at Philly.com.