9:00 PM ET, March 30, 2004
Lloyd Noble Center, Norman, OK
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -- Tasha Butts wants the ball with the game on the line for the Tennessee Lady Vols.Butts scored in the lane with 1.7 seconds left and the Lady Vols beat Stanford 62-60 on Tuesday night to advance to the Final Four for the third straight year.
Tasha Butts came up big again for Tennessee, but Stanford lost this game in part because the Cardinal couldn't provide any offensive help for senior Nicole Powell. Powell scored half of Stanford's points (31), but the next best was nine points from point guard Susan Borchardt. Kelley Suminski, who hit the buzzer-beating 3-pointer in the Sweet 16, didn't hit any big shots, attempting only nine field goals and finishing with four points. Butts continues to be Tennessee's go-to player in clutch time, a role she stepped into after Loree Moore's injury. But senior forward LaToya Davis might have been the X-factor. Her 10 points and six assists both were just short of her career highs. Stanford's bench also was disappointing, and was outscored 14-0 by Tennessee's bench, which got nine big points from Sidney Spencer. The Cardinal also failed to get to the line. They average 18 free throws but went only 1-for-3 at the stripe.
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