Originally created 03/01/97

College Roundup: Lady Vols run to win over South Carolina



CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - LaShonda Stephens scored 13 points and No. 8 Tennessee coasted through its first appearance in the Southeastern Conference tournament's first round with a 75-48 victory over South Carolina on Friday.

The defending national champion Lady Vols (22-9) had never failed to secure a first-round bye in the previous 17 years of the tournament, but played Friday as the No. 5 seed.

Tennessee will play fourth-seeded, No. 9 LSU today at 6 p.m. EST. LSU beat the Lady Vols by five points a week ago in Baton Rouge.

In Friday's other action, Auburn beat Mississippi 72-64, Arkansas topped Kentucky 71-60 and Vanderbilt played Mississippi State.

South Carolina (12-15) was led by Lisa Williams and Rachell Lee with nine points each. The Lady Gamecocks shot just 29 percent from the floor (18 of 62).

It was the last game for South Carolina coach Nancy Wilson, who resigned earlier this week. She had a 231-149 record in 13 years at the school.

"There is some relief involved," Wilson said. "It's one of the many emotions. I've been amazed I could come up with so many emotions."

The objection to playing on Friday is that it means a team has to win four games on consecutive days to win the tournament. Tennessee coach Pat Summitt was careful not to wear out her starters.

Chamique Holdsclaw played just 19 minutes, her shortest stint of the season. Stephens, the third-string center, had played more minutes only once this year. The Lady Vols also played a good deal of zone defense.

"I wanted to spread the minutes around and play a lot of zone," Summitt said. "It was probably good for us to get a game under our belts. I'm not suggesting to the players that we do this again next year, but I think it was good."

SOUTH CAROLINA (48) - Williams 3-8 3-3 9, Carr 1-3 0-0 2, White 3-5 0-0 6, Miars 2-16 0-0 5, Lester 2-6 0-0 4, Jeffcoat 1-7 0-0 3, Lee 4-7 1-2 9, Ramsey 0-2 5-6 5, Godfrey 1-6 0-0 3, Keppeler 0-1 0-2 0, Key 0-0 0-0 0, Hadwin 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 18-62 9-13 48.

TENNESSEE (75) - Elzy 5-9 1-2 11, Jolly 2-4 0-2 5, Holdsclaw 2-7 1-4 5, Thompson 3-5 2-2 8, Conklin 4-11 0-0 9, Laxton 3-5 2-5 8, Butts 1-6 2-5 4, Johnson 3-9 1-4 7, Greene 1-6 2-2 5, Stephens 3-5 7-9 13. Totals 27-67 18-35 75.

Halftime- Tennessee 34-19.

3-point goals- S.Carolina 3-18 (Jeffcoat 1-4, Miars 1-6, Godfrey 1-6, Williams 0-2), Tennessee 3-10 (Jolly 1-2, Conklin 1-3, Greene 1-5). Fouled out- None. Rebounds- S.Carolina 39 (Lester 7), Tennessee 55 (Johnson 9). Assists- S. Carolina 7 (Miars 4), Tennessee 10 (Elzy 4). Total fouls- S.Carolina 23, Tennessee 13. A- 3,500.

Women's ACC

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - DeMya Walker scored 21 points and Tora Suber had 20 as No. 13 Virginia beat Georgia Tech 77-63 in the ACC quarterfinals.

The victory was sweet for second-seeded Virginia (21-6), which had defeated the Lady Jackets 19 straight times before losing by 12 in Atlanta on Feb. 13. This time, the Cavaliers didn't even need Monick Foote, their second-leading scorer and rebounder, who sat out to rest a sprained ankle.

In other games, Duke stopped Maryland 60-52 in overtime, North Carolina crushed Wake Forest 86-60 and Clemson faced N.C. State.

Virginia held seventh-seeded Georgia Tech (15-12) to 39 per cent shooting and forced 19 turnovers.

The Cavaliers, improving their record against Georgia Tech to 38-3, also got 17 points from Mimi McKinney.

Kisha Ford led Georgia Tech with 19 points and eight rebounds, and Carla Munnion had 16 points.

Virginia opened the second half with an 8-0 run, building its lead to 44-32 as the Lady Jackets missed their first seven field-goal attempts and turned the ball over three times.

Georgia Tech cut the score to 47-40 on a baseline jumper by Munnion, but the Cavaliers scored the next six points, stretching their advantage to 13 on a reverse layup by McKinney with 9:21 left.

The Lady Jackets got no closer than nine the rest of the way.

GEORGIA TECH (63) - Ford 7-18 5-6 19, Williams 3-4 1-3 7, Dortch 1-6 4-4 6, Martin 2-3 0-0 4, Munnion 5-13 5-7 16, Donehew 1-6 0-0 3, Gaspar 0-0 0-0 0, Matlock 0-0 0-0 0, Smith 3-6 0-2 8. Totals 22-56 15-22 63.

VIRGINIA (77) - Bower 2-4 3-4 7, Glessner 2-4 0-0 4, Walker 9-12 3-3 21, Robinson 1-4 2-5 4, Suber 8-13 2-5 20, Brown 0-2 0-0 0, McKinney 5-9 3-4 17, Hosac 1-1 2-2 4, Mooney 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 28-49 15-23 77.

Halftime- Virginia 36-32.

3-Point goals- Georgia Tech 4-16 (Munnion 1-5, Donehew 1-6, Smith 2-5), Virginia 6-14 (Bower 0-1, Robinson 0-1, Suber 2-5, McKinney 4-7). Fouled out- Ford. Rebounds- Georgia Tech 33 (Ford 8), Virginia 32 (Robinson 7). Assists- Georgia Tech 5 (Martin, Munnion 2), Virginia 14 (Bower 6). Total fouls- Georgia Tech 22, Virginia 19. Technical- Georgia Tech bench. A- NA.

Southern Conference

GREENSBORO, N.C. - John Brannen scored 31 points and Marshall played a near-perfect first half in the quarterfinals of the Southern Conference tournament, sinking 13 of its first 20 shots in a 78-46 victory over Georgia Southern.

The Thundering Herd (19-8), the top seed in the North Division, had lost five of nine coming into the game, including a 20-point defeat at Tennessee-Chattanooga last Saturday.

In Friday's other games, Tennessee-Chattanooga drilled VMI 84-62, Davidson whipped The Citadel 83-61 and Western Carolina faced Appalachian State.

Marshall, which will switch to the Mid-American Conference next season, also had struggled in the postseason with a 1-4 record in its past five Southern Conference tourney games.

But the Thundering Herd came out smoking in the first half against the Eagles (10-18) and didn't miss suspended starting forward Carlton King.

Marshall shot 58.3 percent in the opening 20 minutes and forced 11 turnovers with a trapping defense to put the game out of reach early against a tired and depleted Eagles team that suited up only eight players.

Brannen, the top scorer in the league, was 7-for-9 from 3-point range. Keith Veney added 13 points and three 3-pointers to pull within five of breaking the Division I-A record for career long-range shots. Former Radford guard Doug Day set the record of 401 from 1989-93.

Doug Beaty led the Eagles with 12 points.

Willie Young and Johnny Taylor proved to be an unstoppable inside-outside duo as Tennessee-Chattanooga rolled over VMI.

The Mocs (20-10), who had a nine-game tourney winning streak snapped in the first round last season, have won at least 20 games in seven of coach Mack McCarthy's 12 years.

Young scored 20 and Taylor, the league's player of the year, added 19 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks as the top seed from the South Division beat the Keydets for the 12th time in the last 13 meetings.

Taylor scored nine of his points in the first 5:26 of the second half after taking a hard fall late in the first period that sent him to the bench with a bruised hip.

Young, who scored a career-high 23 points against VMI on Jan. 11, also sank a 3-pointer and converted a three-point play early in the second half as the Mocs took a 53-33 lead with 13:41 remaining. VMI helped the Mocs' run, missing 11 of its first 13 shots of the period.

Maurice Spencer, who hit a game-tying 3-pointer Thursday night in an 87-84 overtime win against Furman, led VMI (12-16) with 24 points. But it wasn't enough as the Keydets were outrebounded 50-30 and shot only 36.8 percent.