Saturday, January 31, 2009

Pat Summitt one win away from 1000

Andrew Bynum hurt vs Memphis (AGAIN)

The Los Angeles Lakers started off their six-game road trip by beating the Minnesota Timberwolves Friday, 132-119.

It was the highest single-game point total for the Lakers this season.

The Lakers were led, once again, by the stellar play of Andrew Bynum (27 points, 15 rebounds, 2 blocks), who lived up to his newly-given nickname, Bynumite, by showing explosiveness on both ends of the floor.

The Wolves were playing better then their record coming into the game, with a 10-3 mark in January.

Despite an impressive performance by their franchise player, Al Jefferson (34 points, 13 rebounds), the Wolves were just out-manned by the larger, more athletic Lakers. The Wolves cut the lead to single-digits in the fourth, but Kobe Bryant responded with a couple of tough shots to keep the game out of reach.

It was an important victory for the Lakers, who need to take care of business against the weaker teams at the beginning of this road trip before ending it with games against the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers.



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Saturday, January 3, 2009

LADYVOLS COME BACK FROM 20 POINT DEFICIT TO DEFEAT RUTGERS!!!

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Shekinna Stricklen scored 16 points and No. 8 Tennessee rallied from the biggest deficit in school history to beat No. 15 Rutgers 55-51 on Saturday.

After the Lady Vols trailed 33-13 at the break, scoring the fewest points ever in a half, Tennessee regrouped to give coach Pat Summitt her 994th career win.

The loss ended a 20-game home winning streak for Rutgers (8-3), led by Epiphanny Prince with 25 points.

Trailing 49-40 with 6:40 left, Tennessee (11-2) went on a 13-0 run. Angie Bjorkland’s jumper with 1:30 left gave the Lady Vols their first lead at 51-49. Stricklen made two free throws for 53-49 lead with 39.8 seconds left.

Prince’s jumper cut it to 53-51 with 21.8 seconds left. She then forced a jump ball giving Rutgers one last chance, but Kia Vaughn missed underneath.

Bjorklund, who scored 12 points, sealed the game from the free throw line.

These young ladies showed so much heart led by Glory Johnson and Shekinna Stricklen, this game became one that these young ladies can build on for the rest of the season. They played in one of the most hostile environments, and with Prince going off they kept their composure. I'm so proud of them. Go LadyVols!