Rae Burrell scored 14 of his 18 points in the first half to lead Tennessee. Rennia Davis scored 11 points and Marta Suarez and Tamari Key had 10 points each.
A crowd of 3,553 watched the game at Thompson-Boliing Arena, the largest crowd to watch a women’s basketball game anywhere in the country this season. The previous high was 3,500 in South Carolina (five times).
Davis, leader of the Vols, scored just two points in the first half. Four consecutive points in the third quarter gave Tennessee the leadership it maintained throughout the period. The Vols were in charge, 49-45, going into the fourth quarter.
Burrell hit a few 3s in the first quarter and made it 14 at halftime, taking Tennessee to a 35-34 lead at halftime. Key had eight points to help the cause.
Tennessee coach Kellie Harper and her UConn colleague Geno Auriemma showed how seriously they value this meeting of legendary programs and the charities it benefits.
Each of the coaches donated $ 10,000 that would be shared between the Pat Summitt Foundation, which educates the public and conducts research for Alzheimer’s disease, and the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville.
UConn: Huskies coach Geno Auriemma is going behind Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer this season for the biggest win ever in women’s college basketball. VanDerveer entered Thursday night with 1,105 wins, while Auriemma now has 1,100.