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Holdsclaw Leads Vols Past Techsters

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Chamique Holdsclaw scored 24 points Friday night as top-ranked Tennessee celebrated its NCAA championship by rallying to beat No. 2 Louisiana Tech 75-61 in Knoxville, Tenn.

The NCAA championship banner was raised before the game to cheers from 16,490 fans. The Volunteers (2-0) then broke away with a 12-0 run midway through the second half, propelled by a 3-pointer by freshman Tamika Catchings, who scored 17 points.

A basket by Kyra Elzy with 9:55 to play put the Techsters ahead 57-50, and the Vols kept increasing the lead.

Freshmen Teresa Geter and Semeka Randal each scored 11 points and Kyra Elzy added 10.

Alisa Burras scored 17 for Louisiana Tech on 8-of-12 shooting.

(6) Connecticut 71, (21) Nebraska 61

In Storrs, Conn., tournament MVP Nykesha Sales scored 25 points as the Huskies used a strong second half to beat the Cornhuskers (3-1) and win the Preseason NIT championship.

Freshman Svetlana Abrosimova added 11 points and seven rebounds for UConn (4-0). Leading 36-32 at halftime, the Huskies opened the third quarter with a 9-2 run.

Wisconsin 90, (4) Stanford 82

Ann Klapperich scored 22 points and freshman LaTonya Sims had 16 points and 12 rebounds as the Badgers upset the Cardinal at Madison, Wis., in both teams’ season-opener.