The UT women's basketball team opened its preseason schedule with an 86-57 win against the West Coast All-Stars Sunday at Thompson-Boling Arena.
The Lady Vols were led by junior Shyra Ely, who collected a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds. The preseason first-team All-SEC pick also chipped in four assists and two steals in just 23 minutes of action. Senior Tasha Butts equaled Ely's scoring output with 15 points on 4-of-7 shooting, including a 3-of-5 mark from three-point land.
Sophomore Shanna Zolman and junior Brittany Jackson also posted double-digit scoring totals with 13 and 11 points, respectively, while senior Ashley Robinson nearly earned a double-double with nine rebounds and seven points.
Despite the lopsided final score, UT's opposition proved tough in the first half, as the West Coast All-Stars only trailed the Lady Vols, 36-30, at halftime.
"I think our team needed a game like this," Tennessee coach Pat Summitt said. "The West Coast All-Stars gave us the kind of challenges that we needed with their perimeter quickness and aggressive play from their posts. We made some adjustments at halftime and responded well."
On the night, the Lady Vols shot 46 percent (29-63), including 56.7 percent (17-30) in the second half, while holding the West Coast All-Stars to 29.5-percent shooting.
VB team achieves rare win at SC
Sophomore Amy Morris recorded a team-high 16 kills and 16 digs, helping the UT volleyball team down South Carolina, 3-1 (30-26, 30-28, 22-30, 30-26) Sunday. With the win, the Lady Vols improve to 18-8 this season and 8-6 in the SEC.
The match marks Tennessee's first win at USC since 1993, also the last year the Lady Vols swept the season series against Carolina.
"This was a good win for out team because we have not played consistently well on the road this season," said UT coach Rob Patrick, whose team dropped a match at Kentucky Friday.
Tennis wraps up fall
The UT women's tennis team wrapped up its fall season Sunday at the SEC Coaches Fall Classic. A trip to the "B" singles final by freshman Blakeley Griffith and a win in the consolation finals by junior Majen Immink highlighted the tournament for the Lady Vols.
Griffith downed South Carolina's Christyn Lucas, 7-5, 6-4, in the "B" singles semifinals, before falling to Annie Menees of Vanderbilt, 6-2, 6-1 in the finals. Also in the "B" flight of singles, Immink first cruised by Arkansas' Megan Ferreira, 6-1, 6-1, in the consolation semis, then took home the consolation title with a 7-6, 6-0 triumph over Alabama's Melissa Minor.
Meanwhile, UT's Tammy Encina bowed out in the second round of the ITA National Indoor Championships in Ann Arbor, Mich. Encina, tabbed No. 27 in the ITA preseason rankings, fell to seventh-seeded and ninth-ranked Amanda Johnson of Duke, 6-3, 6-4.
The weekend of action marks the final competition of the fall for UT.