* Tournament Thus Far: Tennessee -- beat No. 16 Alabama State, 95-43; beat No. 8 Virginia, 81-51; beat No. 4 Penn State, 86-58. Villanova -- beat No. 15 St. Francis (Pa.), 51-36; beat No. 7 George Washington, 70-57; beat No. 6 Colorado, 53-51.

* How Tennessee Will Win: The Lady Vols love to push the ball upcourt and score in transition. Rebounding is the key to setting up their transition offense. Tennessee, which outrebounded Penn State 54-24 in the regional semifinal, has grabbed more rebounds than its opponent in 30 of 35 games this season. Since losing to Louisiana State in the Southeastern Conference tournament final, the Lady Vols have won by an average of 36.7 points.

* How Villanova Will Win: The Wildcats, who had not advanced past the second round until this season, try to trade two-point field goals for three-pointers. Nearly every player is capable of sinking shots from beyond the arc. Villanova also wants to slow the pace and limit the number of possessions by each team. They have won 10 games scoring fewer than 60 points.

* Key Matchup: The No. 1 offense vs. the No. 1 defense in the NCAA tournament. Tennessee is averaging 87.3 points in its three games; Villanova is holding its opponents to an average of 48 points.


Tennessee's record in NCAA tournament games on its home court. The Lady Vols, who have not lost to a No. 2 seed in the tournament since 1993, when Iowa beat them in the round of eight, are 226-11 at Thompson-Boling Arena.