Shannon Bobbitt scored 14 points and Candace Parker had 13 as Tennessee continued its defensive dominance of the Southeastern Conference in a 68-44 win over Mississippi on Thursday night.
The second-ranked Lady Vols (19-1, 6-0 SEC) won their ninth consecutive game overall and their 16th straight against the Lady Rebels (8-11, 2-4).
Tennessee, bigger and faster at every position, strong-armed Ole Miss on the way to a 28-point first-half lead. But the Lady Vols' 39-13 halftime advantage could have been wider.
They used a quick 15-0 run to jump to a 17-4 lead early in the first half, but stalled out with a flurry of poor passes in transition, missed shots and unforced turnovers.
The Lady Rebels held the Lady Vols without a field goal for the next 6 minutes, but were unable to capitalize, scoring just four points in that span.
Tennessee broke out of the slump with a 21-5 run to clinch the win.
It was the third straight poor start for the Lady Rebels, who were led by Shawn Goff's 20 points, 12 rebounds and four steals. They scored 20 points in the first half of a 57-52 loss at Mississippi State and 12 points in an 83-50 loss at Vanderbilt.
Tennessee limited Ole Miss to 20.7 percent shooting in the first half. The Lady Vols held the Lady Rebels scoreless for 5:12 early in the half, then allowed just two field goals and five points over the final 11:37.
Meanwhile, Tennessee used 12 offensive rebounds for an 18-3 edge in second chance points and scored 12 off turnovers over the first 20 minutes.
Tennessee hasn't allowed more than 63 points in six SEC games and is giving up an average of 50 points per league contest.
The Lady Rebels were more spirited in the second half, but continue to struggle from behind the 3-point line. Eleventh in the nation and No. 1 in the SEC in 3-point shooting just two weeks ago, Ole Miss snapped a string of 36 missed long-range shots late in the second half, but finished 2-for-18.
Parker, who had a loud local cheering section of teenage girls among a pro-Tennessee crowd, handled the ball often in the first half and finished with eight rebounds and two blocks in 20 minutes. Alex Fuller added 11 for the Lady Vols.
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-Ole Miss celebrated “Think Pink” night during the game to raise awareness of breast cancer.
-The Lady Rebels scored the first two points of the night before Tennessee went on a 17-2 run in the next nine minutes.
-Tennessee made a three-pointer for the 322nd straight game.
-All dressed Lady Vols saw playing time and scored.
-The Lady Rebels’ 13 first-half points tie for the fifth-fewest by a UT opponent in program history and are the fewest by a foe this season… they scored 13 points in the first six-and-a-half minutes in the second half.
-Ole Miss’ .207 first-half field goal percentage was the worst by an opponent this season.
The win tonight…
-Improves the Lady Vols to 19-1 on the season and 6-0 in the Southeastern Conference.
-Gives UT a 32-7 lead in the all-time series with the Lady Rebels, including 16 wins in a row.
-Gives UT a 13-game winning streak in SEC road games, an overall record of 258-33 in conference play and a 387-58 all-time clip against teams from the SEC.
-Gives Pat Summitt a career record of 966-181 in her 34th season at Tennessee.
-Started for the 101st time in her career, moving her into a tie with Nikki McCray for 12th place in the UT record books for career starting nods.
-Moved into a tie with Dena Head for seventh place in the UT record books for career assists (439).
-Needs 18 more steals to pass Tennessee’s all-time leader Bridgette Gordon (333) and move her into the top-10 in the SEC record books.
-Tonight marked the third time this season and the 21st time of her career that she has recorded at least four steals in a game.
-Scored in double figures for the 26th straight game and the 87th time in her career.
-Moved past Mary Ostrowski (1729) and into eighth place in the UT career scoring list (1737).
-Moved past Pashen Thompson (816) and into 11th place in the UT record books for career rebounds (821).
-Scored in double figures for the 10th time this season and the 26th time in her career.
-Scored in double figures for the fifth time this season and the 12th time in her career.
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