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NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament Recap (Virginia Tech-Tennessee)

Posted: Sat March 20, 1999 at 6:12 p.m. EST

GREENSBORO, North Carolina (Ticker) -- Chamique Holdsclaw scored 27 points to lead top-seeded Tennessee to its 21st straight NCAA Tournament win, 68-52 over Virginia Tech in the East Region semifinal of the NCAA Women's Tournament.

The Lady Vols (31-2) advanced to their fifth straight regional final and 15th overall. The three-time defending national champions will face Duke on Monday night.

Holdsclaw, who also grabbed eight rebounds, has 89 points in three tournament games. Tamika Catchings added 15 points and eight rebounds.

Semeka Randall, who tore ligaments in her left ankle in the first-round victory over Appalachian State and missed the second-round win over Boston College, scored eight points and grabbed three rebounds in 13 minutes.

Tennessee opened a 35-22 halftime lead over Virginia Tech (28-3), which was making its first regional semifinal appearance. The Hokies shot just 37 percent (10-of-27) from the field in the first half.

The Lady Vols kept the Hokies at bay by shooting 57 percent (16-of-28) in the second half. Overall, they converted 26 turnovers into 23 points.

Michelle Houseright scored 13 points off the bench to lead Virginia Tech. Tere Williams added 12 points while Lisa Witherspoon had six assists but committed 10 turnovers.

Tennessee has won all seven meetings with Virginia Tech.

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