No. 24 Vanderbilt Surges Past No. 7 Tennessee In Volunteer State Showdown
Jan. 11, 2009
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -Jessica Mooney led five Commodores in double figures with 15 points, and 24th-ranked Vanderbilt beat No. 7 Tennessee 74-58 on Sunday for only their seventh win all-time in this interstate rivalry and coach Melanie Balcomb's first in her seventh season here.
Tennessee (12-3, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) has simply dominated this series between schools separated by 190 miles along Interstate 40, winning the last 16 and 52 of the first 58 by the Lady Vols' count. This loss keeps coach Pat Summitt stuck on 995 wins as she closes in on 1,000 for her career.
But Vanderbilt (13-4, 2-0) was the preseason pick to win the Southeastern Conference title, and the Commodores used their speed and experience to grab their first win over the Lady Vols since Feb. 2, 2002, also on their home floor at Memorial Gym.
Alex Fuller led the Lady Vols with 12.