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Tennessee takes out Tar Heels in semifinal

Alexis Hornbuckle (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Pat Summitt has preached for three decades that defense and rebounding can win basketball games when the shots aren't falling. The Lady Vols set a Final Four semifinal record for lowest-shooting percentage but prevailed over North Carolina, 56-50, on Sunday night and earned the right to play for the program's seventh national championship.

When the final buzzer sounded a celebration erupted at center court that was as much relief as it was utter joy for the Lady Vols. Tennessee, 33-3, battled back from 12 points down in the second half, and held North Carolina, 34-4, scoreless from the field for eight minutes to grind out one of the sweetest wins in program history. "It was a sense of relief and obviously we know it's not the... Recommended Stories