Semeka Randall had 13 points and nine rebounds as No. 1 Tennessee held Auburn to an abysmal shooting performance to close out the regular season with a 63-49 victory on Sunday.
The Lady Vols (28-1, 14-0 Southeastern Conference), who had already clinched their fourth consecutive league title, head into the postseason with a 17-game winning streak and their fifth perfect SEC mark.
Tennessee had the Tigers (17-11, 5-9), ranked as high as ninth early in the season, out of synch from the outset and built a 29-point lead early in the second half.
The Lady Vols tuned up for next week's conference tournament by having 10 players log double-digit minutes, at times putting four freshmen on the court.
LADY GOLFERS PLACE THIRD
Recording the best team total in school history with a 585, the sixth-ranked University of Tennessee women's golf team finished in third place at the SunTrust Lady Gator Invitational. The Lady Vols shot a third-round 291 for the second time this season to finish behind Auburn and Georgia.
The team shot in the 290s in all three rounds for the first time this season, and have recorded sub-300 rounds in five of the last six rounds they have played.
Junior Young-A Yang shot her second consecutive round under par and fourth in the last six rounds in finish the day in a three-way tie for first. However, Yang was defeated in a playoff by Georgia's Summer Sirmons. She recorded a 4-under, 68 on day three to match her career-low score. Junior Tina Schneeberger recorded her second round of par or better on the season with a 71 to move into a tie for 14th place.
SOFTBALL TEAM GOES 1-5 ON WEEKEND
Tennessee's offense could not get on track until the seventh inning and the team's defense committed six more errors as the Lady Vols dropped a 7-1 decision to the University of the Pacific to complete Sunday's twinbill.
The Tigers plated five runs in the second stanza on three hits and four critical UT miscues to send Jim Beitia's club back to Knoxville with its fifth defeat on its six-game swing through California. UT slipped to 8-13.
The Lady Vols lost two games on Wednesday to Santa Clara, both by the score of 1-0.
On Thursday, UT lost 1-0 to St. Mary's College. However, the Lady Vols got revenge on the Gaels with a 2-0 win behind Stephanie Humphrey's one-hitter.
Tennessee also lost the first game of a doubleheader to Pacific, 5-0.
BASKETBALL TEAM HITS ROAD AGAIN
Fresh off a 78-70 win at Vanderbilt last Saturday, the Tennessee men's basketball team finishes its SEC road slate this evening with a 7 p.m. tipoff at South Carolina (TV: ESPN). The Vols (19-9, 6-8) are looking for win No. 20 on the season.
Lady Vols demolish Auburn Tigers 63-49
Published: Tue Feb 27, 2001 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 03:30 p.m.