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Basketball - 04. December 2007.

USA - Parker, Tennessee hold off Tar Heels


KNOXVILLE (NCAA Women's) - Team USA's Candace Parker had 21 points and 16 rebounds to power No. 1 Tennessee past fourth-ranked North Carolina, 83-79, in a rematch from last season's Final Four.

The Lady Volunteers downed the Tar Heels, 56-50, on their way to their first national championship in nine seasons and seventh overall in March, and repeated the result, albeit in very different fashion, in front of their home crowd on Sunday night.

Alexis Hornbuckle added 25 points for Tennessee (6-0), who won despite being outrebounded, 57-39.

The Lady Vols held their largest lead at 74-61 with 6:28 left before the Tar Heels went on a 17-5 run - capped by a steal and layup by Italee Lucas - to bring North Carolina within 79-78.

But Hornbuckle sank two free throws and hit a layup in the final 14 seconds to preserve the win.

Erlana Larkins scored 22 points and grabbed 15 rebounds for the Tar Heels, who hit only one of their 10 attempts from the arc.

Parker's international teammate Candice Wiggins had 19 points to lead No. 5 Stanford to a 62-41 win over UC Davis, a fifth straigh win for the Cardinal (7-1).

Paige Minton scored 14 points to lead the Aggies, who are in their first official season as a Division I team.

Yet another Team USA international, Sylvia Fowles, was in full flow Sunday. Fowles collected 17 points and 13 rebounds to lead No. 7 Louisiana State to a 52-36 win over Tulane.

In the battle of the Peach State, No. 8 Georgia came out on top, beating Georgia Tech 71-64 in Athens.

Tasha Humphrey collected 21 points and 12 rebounds for the Lady Bulldogs, who had to battle through 23 turnovers to get the win and improve to 28-2 all-time in the series.

Courtney Paris had 22 points and 15 rebounds as ninth-ranked Oklahoma rolled to a 93-36 win over Arkansas State, while Brianne O'Rourke scored 23 points to lead Penn State to an 86-84 upset of No. 10 Duke.

Takia Starks scored 24 points and A'Quonesia Franklin added 19 as No. 12 Texas A&M posted a 68-58 victory over Texas Christian.

Alexis Gray-Lawson scored 16 points as No. 13 California won their weekend tournament with a 67-59 win over No. 18 Vanderbilt.

Freshman Merideth Marsh impressed for Vandy, scoring 12 points in her second ever start for the Commodores.

Cal had made the final of the event with a 77-61 win over St. Mary's on Friday. Vandy beat St. Mary's 90-69 on Saturday.

Sherell Hobbs scored 26 points as No. 20 Auburn defeated No. 15 Arizona State, 75-69, in the championship game of the ASU Classic on Sunday.

Tamela McCorvey scored 16 points, while DeWanna Bonner had 13 and 13 rebounds for the Tigers (8-0), whose victory ended the Sun Devils' six-year run as champions of their own tournament.

Lauren Lacey scored a career-high 20 points and had eight rebounds for Arizona State (4-3).

Arizona State had made the final by beating Gonzaga 78-60 on Friday while Auburn advanced by beating California-Riverside 64-47.

No. 16 West Virginia claimed the FAU Holiday Classic with a 74-41 win over Columbia Sunday, fuelled by Meg Bulger's 15 points which led five players scoring in double figures.

The Mountaineers (6-1) made the final with a 64-37 win over St. Bonaventure on Saturday night.

No. 17 Ohio State had a busy weekend. On Friday, the Buckeyes became the latest victim of No. 3 Maryland, falling 77-53 to the Terrapins (10-0), who got 17 points from Crystal Langhorne in the inaugural Big Ten-ACC Challenge.

But Ohio State bounced back Sunday as Jamal Lavendar scored 24 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in a 69-55 win over Mississippi.

TJ Jordan scored 24 points and Tiffany Green added 20 as Old Dominion upset No. 19 Michigan State 79-73 on Sunday.

It was the second straight win over a ranked foe for the Lady Monarchs (6-2), who knocked off then-No. 20 Purdue in the Paradise Jam last Sunday.

Deirdre Naughton scored 20 points and Allie Quigley chipped in 11 and seven rebounds as 21st-ranked DePaul remained perfect with Sunday's 80-48 win over Missouri State, while sophomore Hanna Reising scored 23 points and junior Jessica Pike had 20 as Oakland defeated No. 22 Florida State, 85-75.

In South Bend, Charel Allen had 19 points and seven rebounds and Tulyah Gaines scored 15 as No. 23 Notre Dame coasted to a 77-46 triumph over Michigan, while Brittainey Raven collected 19 points and seven assists to lead No. 25 Texas to a convincing 91-41 victory over Sam Houston State.

On Saturday, No. 14 George Washington got 21 points from Kimberly Beck in a 64-57 win over Samford in the Sheraton Invitational in New Orleans, bouncing back from Friday night's 62-61 loss to Nevada-Las Vegas, who had rallied from 24 points down to record the upset.

Aubrey Vandiver had 25 points and 12 rebounds as No. 24 Wyoming recovered from a slow start to defeat Denver, 61-45, on Saturday.

On Friday, Mara Freshour scored a game-high 21 points as No. 22 Florida State defeated Indiana, 85-78, on Friday in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge.

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