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Vols beat ASU and cold in first outdoor game

Tennessee proved to be just as successful playing outdoors as in.

On a cool desert night, Tamika Catchings scored 24 points to lead the No. 2 Vols to a 67-63 victory over Arizona State on Wednesday at Bank One Ballpark, the home of baseball's Arizona Diamondbacks.

Tennessee built a 14-point lead midway through the second half, then held off the Sun Devils down the stretch to win what was believed to be the first college basketball game played outdoors.

The court sat along the first-base line, and a curtain was stretched along one side to try to create intimacy in the 48,000-seat park. It couldn't ward off the chill from temperatures in the mid 50s in a stadium that has 8,000 tons of air conditioning but no heat.

Kristen Clement had 12 points and Michelle Snow 14 rebounds for Tennessee. Amanda Levens led Arizona State with 21 points.

The crowd of 16,782 topped Arizona State's record of 5,272 and the Pac-10 record of 9,738 set at Oregon. Tennessee drew the national record of 24,597 in 1998 against Connecticut.