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Great escape

Vols back on top after controversial win over Rutgers

Posted: Tuesday February 12, 2008 5:34PM; Updated: Tuesday February 12, 2008 5:34PM
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Unless you're a Tennessee fan, you're probably still wondering how in the world the Lady Vols pulled off their latest escape. The Lady Vols certainly didn't stop the clock with 0.2 seconds left against Rutgers on Monday night. They didn't call a foul when it appeared the game was over. Nicky Anosike made two free throws, and they won.

The 59-58 victory over Rutgers may have been controversial, but it's nothing new for Tennessee. The Lady Vols somehow managed to get the job done. That's why Tennessee is right back where it started the season -- at No. 1.

NCAA Basketball Power Rankings
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Tennessee Lady Vols (22-1)
Less than a week after a suffering a bruised knee that had her on crutches, Candace Parker scored nearly half her team's points, putting up 27 and grabbing 10 rebounds in the Lady Vols' miraculous win over Rutgers. Parker, who attempted 13 free throws in the game, set the team record with 232 free throw tries last season and already has 166 this season. That's almost twice as many as her closest teammate.

Next three: 2/14 vs. LSU; 2/17 at Vanderbilt; 2/21 at Alabama
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Rutgers Scarlet Knights (19-3)
The defensive-minded Knights have hurt opponents with their signature '55' press, but lately they've shown that they can play a little offense, too. Sophomore Epiphanny Prince, who's averaging 14.3 points, scored 33 points in an upset of then-No. 1 UConn last week and had 14 of her 21 points in the second half against the Lady Vols.

Next three: 2/16 at South Florida; 2/19 vs. Notre Dame; 2/23 at Providence
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Connecticut Huskies (22-1)
It's been 15 seasons since the Huskies lost two in a row, and after falling to Rutgers, Maya Moore made sure the streak continued with 28 points in a win over Seton Hall. The freshman has already had eight games with at least 20 points, and since the start of Big East play she's increased her averages of 16 points and 6.1 rebounds to 19.1 and 8.4.

Next three: 2/12 vs. Georgetown; 2/17 at Pittsburgh; 2/20 vs. Marquetten
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North Carolina Tar Heels (22-2)
LaToya Pringle has a knack for turning it on in the big games. In UNC's win over rival Duke last Monday, she had 18 points and 11 rebounds. Earlier this season in a win over Maryland, Pringle had a career-high 31 points.

Next three: 2/15 at Virginia; 2/17 vs. Florida State; 2/21 at Miami
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Maryland Terrapins (25-2)
Marissa Coleman had 50 points and 23 rebounds in three victories games since an overtime loss to North Carolina. She's also one of the Terrapins' top three-point threats, hitting 40 percent from beyond the arc.

Next three: 2/14 vs. Boston College; 2/17 at Duke; 2/24 vs. Florida State

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