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ESPNU Invitational scouting reports

By GREG AUMAN, Times Staff Writer
Published November 15, 2007


USF (1-0) vs. Duke (1-0), 7 p.m.

SCOUTING REPORT: Duke lost center Alison Bales and guard Lindsey Harding from last year's team, which went 29-0 in the regular season. Junior guard Abby Waner had a team-high 16 in Duke's win against Denver but committed 23 turnovers while getting used to a new lineup. USF graduated Jessica Dickson, the school's all-time leading scorer, but returns junior guard Shantia Grace, with Cal transfer Jessica Lawson stepping in at center.

ESPNU'S BETH MOWINS: "Harding and Bales were special talents, but I don't think it's going to take a long period of time for the freshmen to step in. It's nice to have WBCA All-Americans coming off your bench. (USF coach Jose Fernandez) has done a terrific job of assembling talent, and the Bulls have to play with composure and aggressiveness, so the key stats to watch are turnovers and rebounds."

Tennessee (1-0) vs. Oklahoma (0-1), 9:30 p.m.

SCOUTING REPORT: Two national player of the year award winners meet in UT's Candace Parker and Oklahoma's Courtney Paris, who both are called "CP3" by fans and wear the same No. 3 jerseys. Tennessee led Chattanooga by just four at halftime of its opener, while Oklahoma took a tough loss against Maryland to open the season. If the two stars negate each other, watch out for Tennessee guards Alexis Hornbuckle and Shannon Bobbitt, who set the pace with their quickness and pressing defense.

ESPNU's BETH MOWINS: "In Candace and Courtney, there's a wonderful combination of two different styles of play. Courtney has the power game and is definitely building a finesse game, while Candace has an unbelievable finesse game and has really worked on her strength."