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Tennessee Lady Vols fall to Oregon State 66-59 in NCAA Tournament second round

 

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Tennessee Volunteers - UT VolsKnoxville, TN – Senior center Mercedes Russell logged her 46th career double-double with 21 points and 14 rebounds to lead Tennessee, but it wasn’t enough as the No. 12/13 Lady Vols (25-8) fell to No. 13/12 Oregon State (25-7) in the second round of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament. 

Freshman Anastasia Hayes also had a double-digit outing for the No. 3 seed Lady Vols, posting 10 points and four assists, while classmate Rennia Davis pulled down 11 rebounds.

Oregon State, the No. 6 seed, was led in scoring by Mikayla Pivec with 18 points.  Marie Gulich, Katie McWilliams and Kat Tudor also reached double figures for the Beavers with 14, 13 and 12, respectively, as OSU picked up its first win over UT in five tries.

Tennessee Women's Basketball senior Mercedes Russell had 21 points and 14 rebounds in loss to Oregon State, Sunday. (Tennessee Athletics)

Tennessee Women’s Basketball senior Mercedes Russell had 21 points and 14 rebounds in loss to Oregon State, Sunday. (Tennessee Athletics)

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#3 Tennessee Lady Vols host #14 Liberty in first round of NCAA Tournament

 

#3 Tennessee Lady Vols vs. #14 Liberty Lady Flames

Friday, March 16th, 2018 | 1:30pm CT
Knoxville, TN | Thompson-Boling Arena | TV: ESPN2

UT Lady VolsKnoxville, TN – As one of the top 16 overall seeds in the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship field, the University of Tennessee Lady Vols earned the right to host first and second round games. This marks UT’s initial time hosting women’s tourney games since 2015.

No. 12/13 Tennessee (24-7), which earned the No. 3 seed in the Lexington Regional, will play host to No. 14 seed Liberty (24-9) on Friday, March 16th, at 1:30pm CT in Thompson-Boling Arena.

In Friday’s opening game in Knoxville, No. 13/12 Oregon State (23-7), seeded sixth, will meet No. 11 seed Western Kentucky (24-8) in the other first round contest at noon. 

Tennessee Women's Basketball faces Liberty in first round of the NCAA Basketball Tournament at Thompson-Boling Area Friday. Tip off is at 1:30pm CT. (Tennessee Athletics) «Read the rest of this article»

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#12 Tennessee Lady Vols loses 73-62 to No. 8 South Carolina at SEC Tournament

 

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UT Lady VolsNashville, TN – No. 12 Tennessee erased a 16-point first-half deficit and closed within three in the third quarter but couldn’t overcome No. 8 South Carolina, falling 73-62 in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament at Bridgestone Arena.  

Freshman Anastasia Hayes led Tennessee (24-7) in scoring, tying her career high of 17 points. Senior Jaime Nared posted a double-double for Tennessee with 15 points and 13 rebounds, playing her ninth 40-minute game of the season.   

A’ja Wilson led South Carolina (24-6) with 24 points and 12 rebounds. Alexis Jennings also recorded a double-double for the Gamecocks, logging 19 points and 12 rebounds.

Tennessee Lady Volunteers forward Cheridene Green (15) South Carolina Gamecocks guard Doniyah Cliney (4) and Tennessee Lady Volunteers guard Anastasia Hayes (1) battle for positioning on a free throw during the first half of the SEC Conference Tournament at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

Tennessee Lady Volunteers forward Cheridene Green (15) South Carolina Gamecocks guard Doniyah Cliney (4) and Tennessee Lady Volunteers guard Anastasia Hayes (1) battle for positioning on a free throw during the first half of the SEC Conference Tournament at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

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Tennessee Lady Vols beats Auburn with last second Three-Point Shot at SEC Tournament

 

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UT Lady VolsNashville, TN Rennia Davis knocked down a three-point shot with .5 seconds remaining to give No. 12 Tennessee a 64-61 victory over Auburn Thursday night at Bridgestone Arena and advance the Lady Vols to the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament.

Jaime Nared led UT in scoring with 17. Mercedes Russell had 12 points and 15 rebounds to record her 45th career double-double, tying Candace Parker for the second most career double-doubles in Tennessee history behind only Chamique Holdsclaw. She went 10-of-10 from the free throw line, setting a new career high in free throws made.

Tennessee Women's Basketball gets 64-61 win over Auburn Thursday night at the SEC Tournament at Bridgestone Arena. (Tennessee Athletics)

Tennessee Women’s Basketball gets 64-61 win over Auburn Thursday night at the SEC Tournament at Bridgestone Arena. (Tennessee Athletics)

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#12 Tennessee Lady Vols take on Auburn Tigers in SEC Tournament

 

#12 Tennessee Lady Vols vs. Auburn Tigers

Thursday, March 1st, 2018 | 6:00pm CT
Nashville, TN | Bridgestone Arena | TV: SEC Network

UT Lady VolsKnoxville, TN – No. 12/12-ranked Tennessee (23-6, 11-5 SEC) opens play in the 2018 SEC Tournament at 6:00pm Central time (7:00pm ET) Thursday, facing off against Auburn (14-14, 5-11 SEC) at Bridgestone Arena in downtown Nashville.
 
The Lady Vols, who tied for fourth in the SEC regular-season standings, fell to a No. 7 seed by virtue of a tiebreaker with No. 4 LSU, No. 5 A&M and No. 6 Missouri. Auburn finished 10th in the standings and earned the No. 10 seed.
 
UT and AU are meeting for the second time this season. Tennessee defeated the Tigers, 70-59, in Knoxville on January 4th in the teams’ second league contest.

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Tennessee Lady Vols celebrate Seniors Day with 65-48 win over South Carolina

 

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UT Lady VolsKnoxville, TN – No. 15/14 Tennessee closed out the regular season Sunday with a 65-48 victory over No. 7/6 South Carolina in front of a crowd of 13,058 on senior day at Thompson-Boling Arena.
 
After a pregame ceremony that celebrated their tremendous careers in the orange and white, Mercedes RussellJaime Nared and Kortney Dunbar helped lead the Lady Vols (23-6, 11-5 SEC) to their third consecutive win against the Gamecocks (23-6, 12-4 SEC).
 
Russell recorded a 16-point, 12-rebound double-double, while Rennia Davis added 18 points and 10 boards for UT. Mikiah Herbert Harrigan led South Carolina with 17 points on 7-of-14 shooting.

Tennessee Women's Basketball center Mercedes Russell had 16 points and 12 rebounds in victory over South Carolina, Sunday. (Tennessee Athletics)

Tennessee Women’s Basketball center Mercedes Russell had 16 points and 12 rebounds in victory over South Carolina, Sunday. (Tennessee Athletics)

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#15/14 Tennessee Lady Vols finishes regular season at home against #7/6 South Carolina

 

#15/14 Tennessee Lady Vols vs. #7/6 South Carolina

Sunday, February 25th, 2018 | 3:02pm CT
Knoxville, TN | Thompson-Boling Arena | TV: ESPN2

UT Lady VolsKnoxville, TN – No. 15/14 Tennessee (22-6, 10-5 SEC) and #7/6 South Carolina (23-5, 12-3 SEC) close out the regular season with a 3:02pm CT match-up on Sunday, February 25th at Thompson-Boling Arena.  UT is expecting a crowd approaching 12,000, but good seats are still available.

South Carolina sits in second place in the SEC standings, while the Lady Vols are tied for fifth with Texas A&M and LSU.

This marks the 56th all-time meeting in the series, with Tennessee leading, 49-6. The Lady Vols are seeking a season sweep of the Gamecocks and will try to extend their win streak vs. South Carolina to three games.

Tennessee Women's Basketball plays South Carolina at home Sunday. Tip off is at 3:02pm CT. (Tennessee Athletics) «Read the rest of this article»

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#15/14 Tennessee Lady Vols roll over Florida Gators, 70-42

 

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UT Lady VolsGainesville, FL #15/14 Tennessee defeated Florida at Exactech Arena on Thursday night, 70-42, giving Holly Warlick her 150th career win as a head coach (150-52) in her sixth season at the helm. 

The Lady Vols (22-6, 10-6 SEC) were led in scoring by Jaime Nared and Evina Westbrook with 13 each. UT had three other players in double figures, including Meme Jackson (11), Rennia Davis (11) and Anastasia Hayes (10). In a return to her home state, Davis added 10 rebounds to log her seventh career double-double.

Florida was led in scoring by Paulina Hersler, who ended the day with 12 points and five rebounds.

Tennessee Women's Basketball head coach Holly Warlick gets 150th career win Thursday night when the Lady Vols defeated Florida, 70-42. (Tennessee Athletics)

Tennessee Women’s Basketball head coach Holly Warlick gets 150th career win Thursday night when the Lady Vols defeated Florida, 70-42. (Tennessee Athletics)

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#11 Tennessee Lady Vols begin two game homestand Thursday with Alabama

 

#11 Tennessee Lady Vols vs. Alabama

Thursday, February 15th, 2018 | 5:32pm CT
Knoxville, TN | Thompson-Boling Arena

UT Lady VolsKnoxville, TN – No. 11/11 Tennessee (21-4, 9-3 SEC) closes out a two-game home stand Thursday, February 15th welcoming Alabama (15-10, 5-7 SEC) to Thompson-Boling Arena for another conference clash at 5:32pm CT.

The 55th meeting between the Lady Vols and Crimson Tide is an important one, as UT tries to maintain its second-place position in the league standings, while the Crimson Tide tries to improve its chances of earning an NCAA Tournament bid with a quality win on the road. The Lady Vols, who lead the series, 49-5, also look to end a three-game losing skid vs. Bama.

Tennessee Women's Baskeball takes on Alabama Thursday at Thompson-Boling Arena. Tip off is at 5:32pm CT. (Tennessee Athletics) «Read the rest of this article»

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#11 Tennessee Lady Vols cruise to 62-46 win over #18 Georgia

 

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UT Lady VolsKnoxville, TN Mercedes Russell collected the 1,000th rebound of her fantastic career, leading No. 11/11 Tennessee to a 62-46 victory over No. 18/18 Georgia on Sunday at Thompson-Boling Arena.
 
The 6-foot-6 senior center became the sixth Lady Vol to reach the 1,000-rebound mark, joining all-time greats Chamique Holdsclaw (1,295), Glory Johnson (1,218), Bashaara Graves (1,044), Sheila Frost (1,043) and Tamika Catchings (1,004). The redshirt senior finished with 13 points and a game-high 15 boards to help UT (21-4, 9-3 SEC) move into a tie for second place in the SEC standings.

Tennessee Women's Basketball senior Mercedes Russell scores 13 points and has 15 rebounds, including her 1,000th rebound of her career, in victory over Georgia Sunday. (Tennessee Athletics)

Tennessee Women’s Basketball senior Mercedes Russell scores 13 points and has 15 rebounds, including her 1,000th rebound of her career, in victory over Georgia Sunday. (Tennessee Athletics)

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