Originally created 02/15/99

Tennessee women whip Auburn



AUBURN, Ala. -- Chamique Holdsclaw scored 19 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and supplanted Allan Houston as Tennessee's career scoring leader in a victory over No. 17 Auburn.

The top-ranked Lady Vols (23-1, 12-0 Southeastern Conference) capitalized on a strong rebounding effort and shut down the Tigers' outside shooting game to remain unbeaten in league play.

Auburn (18-6, 8-5) lost its second straight game, including a 72-57 defeat at No. 25 Alabama on Thursday night. The Tigers' 1997 SEC tournament win remains the last time three-time defending NCAA champion Tennessee has lost an SEC game.

Holdsclaw came in needing 18 points to supplant former men's star Houston as the school's top basketball scorer. Houston finished with 2,802 points.

The Lady Vols led 43-33 at halftime and held Auburn to a 2-for-13 performance from 3-point range.

Shalon Pill scored 13 points in just 15 minutes off the bench for Tennessee. Michelle Snow added 10 points and eight rebounds, as the Lady Vols outrebounded Auburn 39-31.

Tasha Hamilton led Auburn with 14 points and four assists, while Shana Askew added 10 points and made both of the Tigers' 3-pointers (on six attempts). Kris Bernath also had 10 points off the bench.

Tennessee, second nationally in scoring, only shot 33 percent in the second half after a 50-percent first-half clip. But the Lady Vols made 23-of-30 free throws, 12-of-16 in the second half, to hold off Auburn.



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