The second-ranked Lady Vols basketball team remained unbeaten with three wins in the Paradise Jam tournament in Charlotte Amalie, U.S. Virgin Islands.
Tennessee (5-0) rallied for an 80-75 victory Saturday over 10th-ranked Maryland in its biggest test of the tournament. The Lady Vols opened Thursday with an 83-55 rout of No. 9 Michigan State and a 79-65 win over Gonzaga.
UT returns to action Thursday night at Thompson-Boling Arena against No. 18 Texas.
Lady Vols 80, Maryland 75
Candace Parker and Alexis Hornbuckle both had 19 points as Tennessee won the final game of the three-day tournament.
Maryland led by as many as five in the second half, but the Lady Vols battled back to regain the lead at 64-63 on a Sa’de Wiley-Gatewood jumper with 6 minutes left.
The Lady Vols led by three with 2 minutes left and tried to run down the clock. Maryland trimmed the lead to 76-75 but could never regain the lead.
The Terrapins had the ball with 5.3 seconds left and a chance to win, but the inbounds pass was off the mark and stolen by Sidney Spencer, who had 13 points. Spencer was fouled and made both free throws, and another Maryland inbounds pass was thrown away with 2 seconds left.
Lady Vols 79, Gonzaga 65
Nicky Anosike scored 15 points as Tennessee improved to 4-0 with a harder-than-expected win over Gonzaga, a preseason favorite to win the West Coast Conference.
Tennessee led by as many as 21 in the first 5 minutes of the second half after Gonzaga shot 58.8 percent in the first half to keep it within seven at halftime.
The two teams were tied for times and exchanged the lead six times in the first half.
Lady Vols 83, Michigan State 55
Tennessee forced 20 turnovers and shot 58 percent in the second half to pull away from the Spartans for a blowout win in a rematch of last year’s Final Four.
Michigan State erased a 16-point deficit in April to beat the Lady Vols and reach the national championship game for the first time. UT again had a double-digit lead, but there was no comeback this time.
The Lady Vols led by double digits three times in the first half as the Spartans shot only 33 percent for the game.
Senior guard Shanna Zolman led the Lady Vols with 19 points, 12 of which came in the second half. Parker added 14 points, and Wiley-Gatewood had 12.