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Basketball - 20. November 2007.

USA - Parker tops Paris - but only just

TAMPA (NCAA Women's) -

Top-ranked Tennessee was made to work for a victory over No. 8 Oklahoma on Thursday night, finally scoring the go-ahead points on a pair of free throws from Shannon Bobbitt with 3.2 seconds left on the clock.

Parker had put the Lady Vols in position for the win, scoring 28 points on 10 of 18 shooting, while grabbing 15 rebounds and making four blocks.

Bobbitt finished with a career-high 27 points, 22 of them coming in the second half. The diminutive point guard, who stands just 5ft 2in tall, made six of 10 from three-point range.

Paris, named Player of the Year last season, scored 21 points and pulled down 16 rebounds for struggling Oklahoma, which is now 0-2 to start the year.
It was a sloppy game at times, with Oklahoma turning the ball over 22 times to Tennessee's 19.

In a good night for Southeastern Conference teams, No. 4 Lousiana State also enjoyed victory over a ranked opponents.

Sylvia Fowles scored 25 points to lead the Lady Tigers to a 64-41 triumph over No. 18 Michigan State, propelling them into the finals of the Preseason Women's National Invitation Tournament. They will face the winner of Friday's matchup between Maryland and Notre Dame.

Chante Black scored 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead ninth-ranked Duke to an 89-52 victory over South Florida.

Black converted just four of nine shots from the floor but made eight of nine from the free-throw line and collected seven offensive rebounds.

Danielle Gant scored 17 points and reserve La Toya Micheaux had 15 and 10 rebounds as No. 11 Texas A&M posted a 73-54 victory over Prairie View.

No. 13 Baylor got 21 points from Danielle Wilson 16 more from Angela Tisdale to pound Texas-Pan American, 76-39, at College Station, while across the Lone Star State in Austin, Kathleen Nash led an outstanding performance from the bench as No. 22 Texas demolished Lamar 94-35. Nash had 19 points and 10 rebounds.


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