Nov 30, 2003
By ELIZABETH A. DAVIS
AP Sports Writer
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Shyra Ely scored 20 points and Ashley Robinson added 14 Sunday in third-ranked Tennessee’s 83-59 win over No. 17 Notre Dame.
The Lady Vols (2-0) led from the beginning while the Irish (2-3) struggled with shooting and defense.
Notre Dame is 0-16 against the Lady Vols, the only opponent the Irish have played at least 10 times and never beaten.
Tennessee was ahead 20-7 with 11:35 left in the first half. Notre Dame cut the lead to 10, but the Lady Vols had a 13-2 run to push the lead to 21.
Ely had two easy baskets during the spurt, which was capped by Loree Moore’s layup off a clever play by LaToya Davis.
Davis went for a steal off Le’Tania Severe, and came up with the ball as they raced to the basket. Davis had to stop to get control of the ball and swiftly passed it to Moore, who was running toward the basket.
Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw called timeout afterward.
Severe scored three straight baskets, but they didn’t help the Irish much because Ely blew by defenders for two more layups.
Shyra Ely scored 20 points and Ashley Robinson added 14 Sunday in third-ranked Tennessee’s 83-59 win over No. 17 Notre Dame. The Lady Vols went up 56-30 with 14:58 left after McGraw was called for a technical foul and Tennessee’s Shanna Zolman made both free throws.
Zolman scored 13 points and Tasha Butts added 10 for the Lady Vols.
Notre Dame star Jacqueline Batteast had a better game against Tennessee than the last but couldn’t make much of a difference.
She finished had 16 points to lead the Irish. Megan Duffy had two late 3-pointers to finish with 14 points and Severe added 13.
Batteast fouled out after scoring just two points in the teams’ last meeting, a 77-61 victory for Tennessee last December.