WOMEN'S BB: Sooners Edged By No. 1 Tennessee

Coming off a loss to No. 4 Maryland to open their season, the No. 8 Oklahoma Sooners had more questions than answers about how they stacked up against the nation's best women's college basketball teams. Some of those questions were answered Thursday when Oklahoma gave No. 1 Tennessee all it wanted. Despite a 70-67 loss, the Sooners proved they deserve to be a part of national title discussions.

It was showcased as the showdown of the CP3's Thursday night in Tampa, Fla.

Two giants of the game – Oklahoma's Courtney Paris and Tennessee's Candace Parker – led their respective teams in one of the most anticipated individual matchups in recent women's college basketball history.

And while neither of the 6-foot-4 standouts disappointed, it was a 5-foot-2 guard who stole the show.

Tennessee's Shannon Bobbit scored a career-high 27 points, 22 of which came in the second half, as the top-ranked Lady Vols escaped No. 8 Oklahoma, 70-67.

Bobbitt nailed six 3-pointers on the night, five of them after halftime, and secured the win with a pair of free throws with just over a second remaining.

The Sooners trailed by a point and had possession in the final 30 seconds, but turned it over on a jump ball while trying to feed Paris inside.

Paris put Oklahoma up 67-66 with less than a minute to go, but the Sooners fouled Tennessee's Alexis Hornbuckle on the Lady Vols' ensuing possession. Hornbuckle's two free throws gave Tennessee the lead for good.

Paris did her part. The junior All-American scored 19 points and pulled down 16 rebounds despite first-half foul trouble. She played only 12 minutes in the first half and was saddled with three fouls.

Parker didn't disappoint either. The reigning player of the year scored 28 points, grabbed 16 rebounds and added four blocks.

Danielle Robinson added 14 points for Oklahoma, which was coming off a 10-point loss to Maryland on Sunday.

Despite the 0-2 start, Oklahoma had to be encouraged with is showing against the defending national champions.

Oklahoma led 15-8 midway through the first half before the Lady Vols closed strong for a 32-29 halftime lead.

The Sooners came out strong to start the second half as well.

A three-point play by Amanda Thompson at the 16-minute mark gave the Sooners a 42-40 lead. Oklahoma still had a 55-54 lead at the eight-minute mark.

Tennessee fought back, however, and took a 63-55 advantage with five minutes remaining after a Bobbitt trey.

Oklahoma was plagued by turnovers and poor free throw shooting. The Sooners coughed it up 22 times and made just 13-of-25 free throw attempts.

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