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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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Tennessee Lady Vols easily handle Liberty, 100-60

 

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UT Lady VolsKnoxville, TN – No. 12/13-ranked Tennessee soared past Liberty, 100-60, as the No. 3 seed Lady Vols scored their highest point total in an NCAA Tournament game since 2006 when they defeated Army, 102-54.  

Rennia Davis led UT (25-7) with 18 points and 11 rebounds, marking her ninth career double-double and tying her with Tamika Catchings for the fifth most double-doubles ever recorded by a UT freshman. Redshirt junior Cheridene Green also posted a double-double, the second of her career, with 15 points and 12 rebounds.

No. 14 seed Liberty (24-10), which hadn’t surrendered 100 points in a game since the Lady Vols defeated them 102-58 in the 1998 NCAA First Round, was led in scoring by Lela Sellers and Ola Makurat, each with 13 points.

Tennessee Women's Basketball forward Rennia Davis had 18 points and 11 rebounds in win over Liberty Friday. (Tennessee Athletics)

Tennessee Women’s Basketball forward Rennia Davis had 18 points and 11 rebounds in win over Liberty Friday. (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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#12/12 Tennessee Lady Vols plays #8/8 South Carolina in quarterfinals of SEC Tournament, Friday

 

#12 Tennessee Lady Vols vs. #8 South Carolina

Friday, March 2nd, 2018 | 6:00pm CT
Nashville, TN | Bridgestone Arena | TV: SEC Network

UT Lady VolsNashville, TN – No. 12/12-ranked Tennessee (24-6, 11-5 SEC) faces No. 8/8 South Carolina (23-6, 12-4 SEC) in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament at 6:00pm CT (7:00pm ET) Friday at Bridgestone Arena.

This will mark UT’s 100th SEC Tournament game, standing at 78-21 entering the contest. Tennessee also will be seeking its 25th win of the campaign, which would mark the 35th such season victory total all-time and the fourth occasion under Holly Warlick.

The Lady Vols, who tied for fourth in the SEC regular-season standings (one game out of second place), slid to a No. 7 seed by virtue of a tiebreaker with No. 4 LSU, No. 5 A&M and No. 6 Missouri. South Carolina tied for second in the standings and earned the No. 2 seed by tiebreaker over UGA.

Tennessee Women's Basketball takes on South Carolina in the OVC Tournament Friday at Bridgestone Arena. (Tennessee Athletics)

Tennessee Women’s Basketball takes on South Carolina in the OVC Tournament Friday at Bridgestone Arena. (Tennessee Athletics)

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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.

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#15/14 Tennessee Lady Vols heads to Florida to take on the Gators

 

#15/14 Tennessee Lady Vols at Florida Gators

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018 | 6:02pm CT
Gainesville, FL | Exactech Arena

UT Lady VolsKnoxville, TN – No. 15/14 Tennessee (21-6, 9-5 SEC) makes its last road trip of the regular season, traveling to Gainesville to face Florida (11-16, 3-11 SEC) on Thursday at 6:02pm CT.

This will mark the 55th meeting between these schools in women’s basketball, with UT holding a 50-4 series advantage, including 20-2 in Gainesville.

The Lady Vols and Gators also played in Tennessee’s 28th game last season as well, with the Big Orange coming away with a 74-70 victory in Knoxville on February 23rd.

Tennessee Women's Basketball hits the road Thursday to play the Florida Gators in Gainesville. Tip off is at 6:02pm CT. (Tennessee Athletics)

Tennessee Women’s Basketball hits the road Thursday to play the Florida Gators in Gainesville. Tip off is at 6:02pm CT. (Tennessee Athletics)

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#11 Tennessee Lady Vols lose heartbreaker at #13 Missouri Tigers, 77-73

 

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UT Lady VolsColumbia, MO – No. 11/11 Tennessee dropped a hard-fought thriller at No. 13/13 Missouri Sunday, falling to the Tigers by a score of 77-73 in front of a record crowd of 11,092 at Mizzou Arena.
 
Senior Jaime Nared led the Lady Vols (21-6, 9-5 SEC) with 25 points, while Mercedes Russell added 10 points and nine rebounds.
 
UT overcame a 13-point second-quarter deficit and worked the game into a 62-62 tie with 5:18 remaining. However, the Tigers (22-5, 10-4 SEC) used clutch free-throw shooting down the stretch to pull ahead late, including two from Sophie Cunningham with one second remaining that put them ahead by four. Cunningham netted 32 points on 9-of-14 shooting to lead Missouri.

Tennessee Women's Basketball senior scored 25 points in loss to Missouri Sunday. (Tennessee Athletics)

Tennessee Women’s Basketball senior scored 25 points in loss to Missouri Sunday. (Tennessee Athletics)

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