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The 2006-07 Tennessee Lady Vols basketball team, coached by Pat Summitt was an NCAA Division I basketball team, that went 34-3 in route to a national championship, their seventh. Led by Candace Parker, this title gave the program, which had won six titles in twelve years, their first title since 1998.

Preseason[edit]

The Lady Vols started off the season with a 104-49 exhibition win over Carson-Newman. Tennessee shot 58.9% from the field while forcing Carson-Newman to 36 turnovers. 6 team members scored in double figures, lead by Alexis Hornbuckle, who scored 21 points in 29 minutes.[1] In their other exhibition match, against the women's travel team the Houston Jaguars, the team won by fifty, 101-51. Tennessee grabbed 21 steals and Candace Parker and Alex Fuller both posted double-doubles in route to the win.[2]

Regular Season[edit]

Chattanooga, UCLA, and Arizona State[edit]

In the season opener against in-state opponent Chattanooga, Tennessee was able to pull away after making a big run towards the end of the first half. Prior to this, the Mocs had played even with the Vols. Chattanooga's Hand led all scorers with 20 points; Alexis Hornbuckle's 19 points led Tennessee, who had six scorers in double digits.[3]

Tennessee's first match against a nationally-ranked opponent came in only their second game, against 20th-ranked UCLA. UT was helped by 26 Bruin turnovers as well as a 10-0 run to open the second half. Parker led all scorers with 22 points as Tennessee won 83-60.[4]

The Lady Vols followed up the UCLA win with a trip out to Tempe, AZ, against #11 Arizona State. Up by four at the break, Tennessee went on a 15-3 run midway through the second half to give them a 67-51 lead. Tennessee added another ten straight points after Arizona State's leading scorer Emily Westerberg went out with her fourth foul, to give them a 24 point lead. Arizona began cutting the lead as time winded down, but Tennessee held on for an 83-74 victory. Parker led all scorers with 25 points, and added 10 rebounds for her first double-double of the season.[5]

Stanford, MTSU, and Louisiana Tech[edit]

The Lady Vols returned home for a match with 11th-ranked Stanford. Tennessee took the lead in the first half with a Candace Parker dunk, followed by her first three-pointer of the year. Up seven at half-time, Tennessee was able to extend its lead; however, Stanford cut the lead down to nine with 8:02. Sidney Spencer responded with a three and, after the teams traded a few baskets, a Tennessee 6-0 run put the game away, as Tennessee won 77-60 to remain undefeated. Parker led all scorers with 25 points and made her fourth career dunk. [6]

After the Stanford win, Tennessee faced in-state foe MTSU. Down 10-5, Tennessee began to force turnovers and was able to take a 14-13 lead. This was followed up with a 10-0 run. Although MTSU was able to cut the lead to 7, the Lady Vols followed with a 9-0 run, and took a 49-27 lead into the break. The final score was 88-64. Candace Parker and Sidney Spencer led scoring with 16 points a piece. [7]

SEC tournament[edit]

NCAA tournament[edit]

Opening games[edit]

Final Four[edit]

Scores[edit]

Conference games are denoted with an asterisk (*).

Date[8] UT Rank Opponent Location Score Record
Nov. 1 5 Carson-Newman Knoxville, TN 104-49 Exhibition
Nov. 5 5 Houston Jaguars Knoxville, TN 101-51 Exhibition
Nov. 12 5 Chattanooga Knoxville, TN 102-72 1-0 (0-0)
Nov. 16 5 UCLA Knoxville, TN 83-60 2-0 (0-0)
Nov. 19 4 #11 Arizona State Tempe, AZ 83-74 3-0 (0-0)
Nov. 24 4 #11 Stanford Knoxville, TN 77-60 4-0 (0-0)
Nov. 26 4 Middle Tennessee State University Knoxville, TN 88-64 5-0 (0-0)
Nov. 28 4 Louisiana Tech Ruston, LA 71-50 6-0 (0-0)
Dec. 3 4 #2 North Carolina Chapel Hill, NC 57-70 6-1 (0-0)
Dec. 5 6 Tennessee-Martin Knoxville, TN 85-29 7-1 (0-0)
Dec. 7 6 #21 George Washington Knoxville, TN 85-62 8-1 (0-0)
Dec. 17 5 #23 Texas Austin, TX 67-46 9-1 (0-0)
Dec. 20 5 West Virginia Knoxville, TN 66-51 10-1 (0-0)
Dec. 22 5 Old Dominion Norfolk, VA 75-59 11-1 (0-0)
Dec. 30 4 Notre Dame Knoxville, TN 78-54 12-1 (0-0)
Jan. 3 4 Alabama* Knoxville, TN 72-36 13-1 (1-0)
Jan. 6 4 #5 Connecticut Hartford, CT 70-64 14-1 (1-0)
Jan. 11 4 Florida* Gainesville, FL 80-58 15-1 (2-0)
Jan. 14 4 #15 Georgia* Athens, GA 52-41 16-1 (3-0)
Jan. 18 4 Mississippi State* Knoxville, TN 73-44 17-1 (4-0)
Jan. 22 4 #1 Duke Knoxville, TN 70-74 17-2 (4-0)
Jan. 25 4 #15 Vanderbilt* Nashville, TN 67-57 18-2 (5-0)
Jan. 28 4 Alabama* Tuscaloosa, AL 80-51 19-2 (6-0)
Feb. 1 3 South Carolina* Knoxville, TN 72-36 20-2 (7-0)
Feb. 5 3 #9 Georgia* Knoxville, TN 73-57 21-2 (8-0)
Feb. 8 3 Auburn* Auburn, AL 72-62 22-2 (9-0)
Feb. 11 3 Kentucky* Knoxville, TN 84-62 23-2 (10-0)
Feb. 15 3 Mississippi* Knoxville, TN 81-69 24-2 (11-0)
Feb. 19 2 #7 LSU* Baton Rouge, LA 56-51 25-2 (12-0)
Feb. 22 2 Arkansas* Fayetteville, AR 75-68 (OT) 26-2 (13-0)
Feb. 25 2 #12 Vanderbilt* Knoxville, TN 73-53 27-2 (14-0)
Mar. 2 2 South Carolina SEC Tournament - Duluth, GA 81-63 28-2
Mar. 3 2 #4 LSU SEC Tournament - Duluth, GA 54-63 28-3
Mar. 18 3 Drake NCAA Tournament - First Round 76-37 29-3
Mar. 20 3 Pittsburgh NCAA Tournament - Second Round 68-54 30-3
Mar. 25 3 Marist NCAA Tournament Regional Semifinals 65-46 31-3
Mar. 27 3 Mississipi NCAA Tournament Regional Finals 98-62 32-3
Apr. 1 3 #2 North Carolina NCAA Tournament National Semifinals 56-50 33-3
Apr. 3 3 #15 Rutgers NCAA Championship 59-46 34-3

Awards and Honors[edit]

  • 1 Preseason All-SEC 2nd Team Member (Alexis Hornbuckle[9])
  • 1 Preseason All-SEC 1st Team Member (Candace Parker[10])
  • Preseason SEC Player of the Year (Candace Parker[10])
  • 3 SEC Player of the Week Awards (Candace Parker (11/20, 2/12, 2/26)[10])
  • 2 All-SEC 1st Team Members (Candace Parker[10], Alexis Hornbuckle[9])
  • 1 All-SEC 2nd Team Member (Sindney Spence)[11]
  • SEC Player of the Year (Candace Parker[10])
  • SEC Coach of the Year[11]
  • 1 All-SEC Tournament Team Member (Alexis Hornbuckle[9])
  • 2 NCAA Dayton Regional All-Tournament Team Members (Shannon Bibbitt[12]
  • Dayton Regional MOP (Candace Parker[10])
  • 3 NCAA Final Four All-Tournament Team Members (Shannon Bobbitt[12], Candace Parker[10], Nicky Anosike[13])
  • NCAA Final Four MVP (Candace Parker[10])
  • 1 Kodak All-American (Candace Parker[10])
  • 1 John R. Wooden All-American (Candace Parker[10])
  • 1 AP All-American (Candace Parker[10])
  • 1 ESPN.com All-American (Candace Parker[10])
  • State Farm Wade Trophy Player of the Year (Candace Parker)[10]
  • Basketball Writers Association Player of the Year (Candace Parker)[10]
  • Honda Award Winner (Candace Parker)[14]

Roster[edit]

Number Name Position Height Year Hometown High School
00[15] Shannon Bobbitt G 5-2 Jr. New York, NY Bergtraum
1 Sidney Spencer F 6-3 Sr. Hoover, AL Hoover
2 Cait McMahan G 5-4 Fr. Maryville, TN Heritage
3 Candace Parker C/G/F 6-4 So. Napierville, IL Napierville Central
10 Elizabeth Curry G 5-6 Sr. New Virginia, IO Interstate 35 High School
13 Dominique Redding F 6-1 Sr. Clearwater, FL Clearwater
14 Alexis Hornbuckle G 5-11 Jr. Charleston, WV South Charleston
33 Alberte Auguste F 5-11 Jr. Marrero, LA John Ehret
34 Nicci Moats F 6-2 Fr. Daleville, VA Lord Botetourt
44 Alex Fuller F/C 6-3 So. Shelbyville, TN Shelbyville Central
55 Nicky Anosike F/C 6-4 Jr. Staten Island, NY St. Peter's

Statistics[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lady Vols rout Carson-Newman, 104-49". Retrieved 2007-06-24. 
  2. ^ "Lady Vols handle the Houston Jaguars, 101-51, in final exhibition.". Retrieved 2007-06-24. 
  3. ^ "Parker Dunks as Lady Vols Cruise over Chattanooga 102-72". Retrieved 2007-06-25. 
  4. ^ "Lady Vol Basketball Cruises to 83-60 win over UCLA". Retrieved 2007-06-28. 
  5. ^ "Parker's Double-Double Leads Lady Vols Past Arizona State 83-74". Retrieved 2007-06-28. 
  6. ^ "Parker Dunks again as Tennessee rolls over Stanford". Retrieved 2007-07-02. 
  7. ^ "Lady Vols defeat MTSU, 88-64, to remain undefeated.". Retrieved 2007-07-02. 
  8. ^ "2006-07 Lady Vols Schedule". Retrieved 2007-06-25. 
  9. ^ a b c ""Player Bio: Alexis Hornbuckle". Retrieved 2007-06-24. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n ""Player Bio: Candace Parker". Retrieved 2007-06-24. 
  11. ^ a b ""Candace Parker named SEC Player of the Year, Pat Summitt nabs Coach of the Year"". Retrieved 2007-06-24. 
  12. ^ a b ""Player Bio: Shannon Bobbitt". Retrieved 2007-06-24. 
  13. ^ ""Player Bio: Nicky Anosike". Retrieved 2007-06-24. 
  14. ^ ""Candace Parker named 2006-07 Honda Award Winner"". Retrieved 2007-06-24. 
  15. ^ "2006-07 Lady Vols Basketball Roster". Retrieved 2007-06-23. 

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