Originally created 11/17/06

Lady Vols pull away to beat No. 20 UCLA



KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Can-dace Parker scored 22 points, Sidney Spencer added 15 and fifth-ranked Tennessee pulled away from No. 20 UCLA in the second half to win 83-60 on Thursday night.

The Lady Vols (2-0) began the second half with a 10-0 run that increased their lead to 52-32 with 16:17 left. Parker scored twice inside during the spurt.

UCLA (1-1), which dropped to 1-15 all-time against Tennessee, shot the ball well most of the game but could not overcome 26 turnovers.

Noelle Quinn, who led the Bruins in scoring last year, had 20 points. She scored 13 in the first half and was held without a field goal after halftime until the 5:49 mark. By that time the Lady Vols were already ahead by 27.

Alex Fuller added 10 points for Tennessee.

The Bruins opened the season Sunday with an 87-62 win over UC Santa Barbara, but they had trouble keeping up with Tennessee's fast-paced style. Lindsey Pluimer, who had a career-high 23 points in the opener, had 17 points, 13 coming in the first half.

The teams were playing for the first time since 1999. UCLA's lone win in the series was in 1981.

NO. 10 LSU 65, LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE 31

In Baton Rouge, La., Sylvia Fowles had 20 points and 13 rebounds as LSU romped.

LSU played stellar defense, limiting Louisiana-Lafayette to 22 percent shooting, and forcing the Ragin' Cajuns into 21 turnovers.

Onna Charles, who was Louisiana-Lafayette's leading scorer and averaging 17 points, finished with only one point. Charles missed all five of her field goal attempts. Sonora Edwards led LSU with 10 points.

LSU (4-0) took a 29-16 lead into halftime.

The Ragin' Cajuns had no opportunity to mount a rally in the second half as LSU maintained its defensive pressure. Louisiana-Lafayette didn't score until Charles made one of two free throws almost five minutes into the second half.

It was another four minutes before they would score again, this time on a pair of foul shots by Edwards. By that time, LSU had opened up a 46-19 advantage.