Gwen Jackson scored 23 points to lead No. 3 Tennessee to an 87-70 victory over Old Dominion on Sunday evening.
The Lady Vols (21-1) opened the second half with a 23-8 run including nine points by Jackson to take a 66-39 lead.
Old Dominion (10-6) couldn't get closer than 17 points after that.
The Lady Vols outrebounded the Lady Monarchs 25-5 on the offensive boards and 50-25 overall.
Jackson and Michelle Snow each had eight rebounds for Tennessee. Snow added 19 points, and Kara Lawson had 13 points.
Hamchetou Maiga led Old Dominion with 17 points, including 15 in the first half, followed by Okeisha Howard with 13 and Sharron Francis with 11.
In the first half, Tennessee went on a 9-0 run to lead 40-21 with less than three minutes to go. Old Dominion answered with a 10-1 run to cut the lead to 10 points just before the halftime break.
Bama picked to win SEC softball, Tennessee picked fifth in East
Alabama, ranked fifth in the preseason USA Today/NFCA Poll, was voted by the league's coaches to win the 2001 SEC softball regular season and Western Division titles. South Carolina was selected to win the Eastern Division.
Alabama was the choice to win the overall conference crown, garnering six of the 11 votes. LSU received four and South Carolina received one.
In the divisional race, Alabama tallied 62 points and seven of 11 first-place selections as the leading vote-getter in the Western Division race. LSU was second followed by Mississippi State, Arkansas, Auburn and Ole Miss.
South Carolina paced the Eastern Division vote tally with 54 points and all but one first-place vote. They were followed by Florida, Kentucky, Georgia and Tennessee.
Jackson helps Lady Vols' lead over ODU
Published: Tue Jan 30, 2001 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 03:26 p.m.