Because Kara Lawson's parents were going to be late for senior night, Tennessee decided to hold the festivities after the game.
Lawson and fellow senior Gwen Jackson had other plans.
They did their celebrating during the game as the No. 3 Lady Vols beat No. 17 Vanderbilt, 91-71, last night in Knoxville, Tenn., to clinch the Southeastern Conference regular season title for the sixth straight season.
Lawson, whose parents arrived a little before halftime after two of their flights from snowy Washington were canceled, scored a career-high 31 points and made all six three-pointers she attempted.
"She seemed to be a whole different person and played with a lot of inspiration. Very aggressive from the three-point line and just hustle plays and rebounds," Tennessee Coach Pat Summitt said. "That's the Kara Lawson that we need from here on out."
Jackson added 19 points, reserve Shanna Zolman had 16 and Shyra Ely 14 points for Tennessee, who put the game away with a 16-0 run late in the second half.
The Commodores (18-8, 8-5) were led by Chantelle Anderson, who scored a season-high 35 points.
Anderson dislocated her right toe in Vanderbilt's 81-67 loss to Tennessee on Feb. 2 and scored 21 points in that game.
Abi Ramsey was 6 of 9 from behind the three-point line, finishing with a career-high 20 points for Vanderbilt, which is 0-18 in Knoxville and has lost four straight to Tennessee.
* ARIZONA 79, STANFORD 64: Point guard Dee Dee Wheeler and center Shawntinice Polk combined for 49 points and 15 rebounds to lead the No. 24 Wildcats past the No. 9 Cardinal (22-4, 14-3).
Arizona (19-7, 12-5 Pac-10) dominated from the outset, jumping to a 28-14 lead as Polk scored 12 points in the first 10 minutes. Arizona had a 37-24 lead at halftime.
* LSU 70, ARKANSAS 57: In Baton Rouge, La., Seimone Augustus scored 17 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for her second double-double of the season as the No. 4 Tigers (24-2, 11-2 SEC) defeated the No. 21 Razorbacks (19-9, 6-7). The victory gave LSU second place in the SEC, ensuring the Tigers a first-round bye in the conference tournament.
* DUKE 70, FLORIDA STATE 49: In Tallahassee, Alana Beard scored 17 points as the No. 2 Blue Devils (27-1, 15-0) overcame foul and injury troubles to earn their 39th consecutive ACC victory.
* MISSISSIPPI ST. 76, GEORGIA 71: Tan White made a go-ahead three-pointer with 39 seconds left and LaToya Thomas had 29 points and 13 rebounds as No. 11 Mississippi State (21-6, 9-4 SEC) defeated No. 14 Georgia (18-8, 9-4) in Starkville, Miss.
* PURDUE 74, INDIANA 48: Erika Valek scored 15 points and Shereka Wright had 14 as the No. 12 Boilermakers (22-5, 10-5 Big Ten) won at home. Emily Heikes added a career-high 13 to help fourth-year coach Kristy Curry (100-26) reach 100 career victories faster than any other coach in Purdue's history.
* SOUTH CAROLINA 97, KENTUCKY 51: Jocelyn Penn scored 35 points and had eight rebounds but sprained her ankle late in the No. 16 Gamecocks' rout at home. Penn injured her right ankle with 6:25 to go when she was fouled going for a layup with the Gamecocks (20-6, 8-5 Southeastern Conference) ahead 81-44.
* LOUISIANA TECH 108, UTEP 54: In Ruston, La., Trina Frierson scored 20 points to lead five players in double figures for the No. 6 Lady Techsters (24-2, 16-0 Western Athletic Conference).
* MINNESOTA 76, WISCONSIN 53: Janel McCarville had 21 points and 10 rebounds as the No. 13 Gophers (22-4, 11-4) finished the season 11-0 at home.
* WIS.-GREEN BAY 80, BUTLER 48: Sara Boyer tied her season high with 23 points and Chandra Johnson scored a season-high 22 points for the No. 22 Phoenix (23-3, 14-1 Horizon) at home.