KNOXVILLE - Latina Davis scored 19 points on Tuesday as No. 1 Tennessee
defeated No. 15 Purdue 81-63.
Tennessee (5-0) led just 21-17 midway through the first half, then Davis
scored 8 points and Michelle Marciniak added seven to spark a 23-5 run that
produced a 44-22 halftime lead.
"I think Latina is playing well for us at both ends," UT head coach Pat
Summitt said. "She's very committed on the defensive end, and offensively
has been making some good decisions."
The Boilermakers (3-3) scored the first seven points of the second half.
But Abby Conklin hit a follow shot and a 3-point basket to open a 15-0 run
that widened the gap to 59-29 with 14:43 to play.
"Going into the year, certainly we wanted to spread our offense out more,"
Summitt said of the Lady Vols' 3-point shooting. "(Against Purdue), we
were very much inconsistent on offense. We played in spurts. But we're very
capable of having a very solid 3-point attack."
Marciniak and Tiffani Johnson added 15 points each for the Lady Vols.
Tiffany Woosley, back from a two-week suspension for violation of team
philosophy, contributed one point in 22 minutes of reserve action. Jannon
Roland scored 15 to pace Purdue.
Tennessee will play at Virginia on Friday in the Central Fidelity Bank
Classic. The Cavaliers finished 27-5 last season and advanced to the Sweet
16. The winner plays the Penn State-Richmond winner on Saturday.
"It will be a real true test for our team in terms of having to play
back-to-back games," Summitt said. "They are certainly a team that we have
tremendous respect for. (Wendy) Palmer on the inside is really doing an
outstanding job, which will be a challenge for our post defense."
Lady Vols still undefeated after tough Purdue game
Published: Thu Dec 08, 1994 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 12:47 p.m.