Tennessee wins the showdown this time; so does LSU

Featuring two Hall of Fame coaches, the Tennessee-Rutgers game tonight was everything one would expect. But thanks to a late second-half run, the Vols walked away with the 67-61 victory:

Trailing 54-51 with 8:33 left, Tennessee (6-2) scored 13 straight points, holding Rutgers without a point for nearly 8 minutes. Vicki Baugh started the burst with a layup and Simmons hit consecutive 3-pointers to give the Lady Vols a 61-54 lead. Taber Spani hit another 3 with 1:52 left to seal the victory.

Rutgers game notes.

Tennessee game notes (with a great picture) and quotes.

As noted in the first story, and by all the journalist tweeters I follow, Tennessee Coach Pat Summitt got a long standing ovation from the crowd as she entered the RAC. Students were also selling bracelets to support her foundation, and Rutgers players emerged for warmups in “we back Pat” T-shirts. It’s the most touching thing I’ve seen in a while.

I’m still getting used to associate coach Holly Warlick standing and coaching a lot during games, but she is a chip off the old block, and does her job well.

In the meantime, LSU put the hurt on UCLA and beat them 58-41.

Cool pro bonus:

Tamika Catchings has a new website.