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Tennessee survives another close call vs. North Carolina

Dec 3, 2007 - 4:27 AM KNOXVILLE, Tennessee (Ticker) -- Candace Parker had 21 points and 16 rebounds to power No. 1 Tennessee past fourth-ranked North Carolina, 83-79, on Sunday 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.

Alexis Hornbuckle added 25 points for Tennessee (6-0), which 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.