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Vols join No. 1s in Final Four

Tennessee beat a familiar opponent to put itself back in a familiar setting.

Gwen Jackson had 18 points and 12 rebounds, and Michelle Snow hit three key shots down the stretch as second-seeded Tennessee beat No. 1 seed Vanderbilt 68-63 in the Midwest Regional final Monday in Ames, Iowa. The Volunteers made the Final Four for the 13th time.

Tennessee built a 15-point lead early in the second half against its Southeastern Conference rival, then survived a rally that got the Commodores within two points.

Tennessee faces unbeaten and top-ranked Connecticut, the Mideast Region champions, in Friday's national semifinals at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The Huskies defeated Old Dominion 85-64.

In Friday's other semifinal, Oklahoma, a 94-60 winner over Colorado in the West Region final, faces Duke, which defeated South Carolina 77-68 in the East Region. The national championship game is Saturday.

Sue Bird had 11 assists and a career-high 26 points in Milwaukee as UConn advanced to its third Final Four in eight years.

Old Dominion, miffed at its No. 7 seeding, used the perceived slight to fuel upsets of No. 2 Purdue and No. 3 Kansas State. But the Monarchs watched helplessly as the No. 1 seed Huskies made their first 13 shots to take a 34-14 lead less than 10 minutes in.

At Raleigh, N.C., Alana Beard scored 24 and Monique Currie added 15 for top-seeded Duke. The Blue Devils have won a school-record 22 in a row and return to the Final Four for the first time since 1999, when they lost to Purdue in the championship game.

LaNeishea Caufield scored 25 and Stacey Dales 20 in Boise, Idaho, as No. 1 seed Oklahoma rolled past Big 12 rival and No. 3 seed Colorado. The game became a runaway with a 32-6 second-half run by the Sooners.

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