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Basketball - 21. November 2007.

USA - Lady Vols show off championship form

The Lady Vols celebrated their 2007 national title before their home opener, and then set about showing why they are the favourites to win it once more with a demolition of the Longhorns.

Team USA star Candace Parker led the way with 21 points and six rebounds, shooting eight of 15 from the floor while dishing out four assists and making four steals.

Alex Fuller added 18 points on seven of eight shooting while Alexis Hornbuckle had 13 points and six assists for Tennessee (3-0), who won their 15th consecutive game by shooting 54% (36 of 67).

Brittainey Raven finished with 18 points and Kathleen Nash chipped in 17 with nine rebounds for Texas (2-1), who trailed, 51-32, at the break and shot 44% (24 of 55) in the contest.

On a night when there were three all-Top 25 matchups, the heavyweight battle was between No. 3 Maryland and No. 4 Louisiana State in College Park.

It was Maryland who came out on top as Kristi Toliver collected 23 points to lead the Terrapins (5-0) to a 75-62 win in the preseason WNIT finals.

Trailing by two points early in the second half, Maryland used a 16-1 run to take a 54-41 advantage with 12:23 left in the game.

Laura Harper scored 14 of her 16 points in the second half for the Terrapins, who led by double digits for the final eight minutes of the game.

Sylvia Fowles had 24 points and 13 rebounds and Quianna Chaney added 23 for LSU.

In Washington, No. 7 Rutgers went to the home of No. 12 George Washington and handed out a beating.

Matee Ajavon had 19 points as Rutgers cruised to victory over a Colonials team undone by dire shooting of just 22% (13-of-59).

Kia Vaughn had 13 points and 12 rebounds for the Scarlet Knights (2-1), who used an 11-0 run to take a 17-7 lead early in the first half.

Rutgers led by double digits for the final 28 minutes of the game and were up by as many as 34 in the second half.

Jessica Adair, Kimberly Beck and Sarah-Jo Lawrence each scored nine points for the Colonials (3-1).

It was the worst home loss in six years for George Washington, which was defeated 88-57 by Tennessee in November 2001.

Rashanda McCants had career highs of 27 points and 14 rebounds to lead No. 6 North Carolina to a 97-72 victory over Syracuse in Chapel Hill.

McCants, who led five players in double figures, scored 20 points in the first half for the Tar Heels (5-0).

Eight miles down Tobacco Road, freshman Krystal Thomas had 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead No. 9 Duke over North Carolina-Greensboro, 84-39.

Chante Black added 17 points for the Blue Devils (3-0), who outrebounded the Spartans, 44-30, and forced an amazing 38 turnovers that led to 44 points for Duke.

Alexis Gray-Lawson scored 10 of her 11 points down the stretch to spark No. 12 California to a 52-44 victory over New Mexico, while Olayinka Sanni scored 22 points to lead No. 20 West Virginia in 93-52 rout of Cornell.

Minnesota used a late surge to overcome a 12-point deficit in the final eight minutes and captured the Subway Classic title with a 74-69 win over No. 21 Louisville, while Khadijah Whittington had 10 points and 10 rebounds as No. 24 North Carolina State blew past Brown, 65-31.

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