2001 NCAA Women's Tourney

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NCAA Basketball Scoreboard: Recap
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Tennessee 92, St. Mary's (CA) 75
Posted: Sunday March 18, 2001 10:11 PM
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KNOXVILLE, Tennessee (Ticker) -- Tennessee returned to the "Sweet 16" of the NCAA Women's Tournament, but it wasn't easy.

Kara Lawson scored 17 points to lead five players in double figures as the top-seeded Lady Vols pulled away for a 92-75 victory over ninth seed St. Mary's in a Mideast Region second-round game.

Tennessee (31-2) improved to 38-0 in NCAA Tournament games on its home court and 28-0 all-time in the first two rounds of the tournament. But this was one of the Lady Vols' closest early-round games as St. Mary's (26-6) whittled an eight-point halftime deficit to three in the second half.

Freshman Triola Alexander's basket with 13:27 remaining made it 65-62, but Tennessee scored the next seven points and began to pull away.

Michelle Snow added 16 points and eight rebounds, Ashley Robinson had 15 and 11 and Semeka Randall scored 13 points for the Lady Vols, who will face fourth seed Xavier on Saturday in Birmingham, Alabama in their 20th straight trip to the regional semifinals.

Jermisha Dosty led all scorers with 18 points on 9-of-13 shooting and Jerkisha Dosty added 17 for the Gaels, who had an 11-game winning streak snapped. They surprised Texas on Friday for their first NCAA Tournament win.

Freshman Corrie Mizusawa chipped in 13 points for St. Mary's, which shot 45.5 percent (30-of-66) from the field but was outscored at the line, 20-8.

Tennessee shot 50 percent (33-of-66) and had a 44-28 rebounding advantage.


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