Final (UT, 72-62): DeWanna Bonner went off during the final minute. She's not nearly as good, it seems, when the game is in doubt. Auburn just can't hang with Tennessee when things get hairy.
2:00, 2nd (UT, 68-53): Not much going on now. Parker keeps getting calls; Auburn players keep laughing about it.
3:30, 2nd (UT, 64-50): Auburn actually had it down to seven points, then gave up two consecutive put-backs. F Sidney Spencer hit a three-pointer on the next possession to extend the lead again. It's a tense game, though.
7:35, 2nd (UT, 56-42): There was a cool little one-on-one thing going on between Parker and Carrier for a little while. It's fun to watch. They guard each other, and they were trying to one-up each other on offense. Carrier was holding her own with the All-American, but then had to leave the game because of conditioning issues. Carrier can't play more than four minutes at a time. Parker whines a LOT ... totally reminds me of Sam Cassell during his FSU days.
11:39, 2nd (UT, 48-36): Auburn showing some life, scoring seven points on three consecutive possessions. C KeKe Carrier got into a little scuffle with Parker at one point, and Carrier threw a "softly committed" elbow. I was so hoping for a legit brawl. Parker wouldn't stand a chance.
14:41, 2nd (UT, 45-29): Yep. Parker again. This time it was a basket-and-foul play. After an Auburn turnover in transition, G Alexis Hornbuckle scored seconds later on a lay-in. Auburn coach Nell Fortner immediately called a timeout. It's getting ugly.
15:37, 2nd (UT, 40-29): Parker is owning Auburn. She snagged another offensive rebound and turned it into a score. She drove the lane for another score. And the Tigers allowed another put-back. Either Auburn starts boxing out ... or things are only going to get worse.
Halftime (UT, 33-24): Auburn had some problems during the final three minutes. F Dominique Redding hit an open three-pointer, then cashed another three-point basket a minute later after a frenzied rebound situation. That was a six-point burst. Auburn is having trouble defending F/C Candace Parker, especially on rebounds. That's nothing new, Parker is a star, but her play is undermining the good things AU is doing.
7:27, 1st (UT, 20-12): Score makes the game seem less competitive than it is. Tennessee really isn't accomplishing much with its offense. The Tigers are playing hard on defense; UT just takes advantage of every little slip-up. Auburn's offense is struggling as usual, though reserve G ReRe Hobbs has scored four points by working diligently away from the ball. She looks ready to play tonight. First time I've ever seen her play under control.
3:27, 1st (UT, 24-19): PG Whitney Boddie is playing some awesome ball tonight. She's passing very well, causing problems in transition defense and abusing the little guards Tennessee keeps rotating in. Tennessee still doesn't seem like it has any offensive flow. The one thing UT does, though, is trick Auburn with pump fakes. The Tigers fall for it every single time.