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UT Lady Vols’ Bashaara Graves of Clarksville earns AP Honors

 

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UT Lady VolsKnoxville, TN – University of Tennessee women’s basketball forward Bashaara Graves has been named an Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American, the media organization announced on Monday afternoon.

Graves, a 6-foot-2 senior from Clarksville, Tennessee, averaged 10.3 points and 8.3 rebounds per game in 33 contests this season. She connected on 54 percent of her attempts from the field and hit 74 percent at the free throw line. She registered eight double-doubles in her final season, finishing her career with 29 to wind up ninth on UT’s all-time list.

Tennessee Women's Basketball senior forward Bashaara Graves named an Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American. (Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports)

Tennessee Women’s Basketball senior forward Bashaara Graves named an Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American. (Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports)

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UT Lady Vols lose in Elite Eight to Syracuse, 89-67

 

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UT Lady VolsSioux Falls, SD – Tennessee’s impressive 2016 NCAA Tournament run came to an end on Sunday as the Lady Vols fell to Syracuse, 89-67, in the Sioux Falls Regional Championship Game at the Denny Sanford Premier Center.

Diamond DeShields led No. 7 seed Tennessee (22-14) with a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds.

Syracuse (29-7), the region’s No. 4 seed, won the game with impressive 3-point shooting (14-of-30) to advance to its first-even Final Four.

DeShields shot 8-of-21 from the field and her 10 rebounds led all players. She also had five assists. Jaime Nared had 14 points, nine rebounds and six assists.

#11 Diamond DeShields of the Tennessee Lady Volunteers during the Elite Eight game in the NCAA tournament between the Syracuse Orange and the Tennessee Lady Volunteers in Sioux Falls, SD. (Donald Page/Tennessee Athletics)

#11 Diamond DeShields of the Tennessee Lady Volunteers during the Elite Eight game in the NCAA tournament between the Syracuse Orange and the Tennessee Lady Volunteers in Sioux Falls, SD. (Donald Page/Tennessee Athletics)

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UT Lady Vols Basketball punches ticket to Elite Eight with 78-62 win against Ohio State

 

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UT Lady VolsSioux Falls, SD – Behind a career night from Mercedes Russell, Tennessee will play for a spot in the Final Four after defeating Ohio State, 78-62, in the Sweet 16 at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center Friday night.

In the midst of their best stretch of the season, the No. 7 seed Lady Vols (22-13) have won six of their last seven games to advance to the 28th Elite Eight in program history. Despite reaching the Sweet 16, Ohio State (26-8) finished the season losing four of its last seven.

Russell’s dominance throughout the game led to her best performance donning the orange, scoring a career-high 25 points on 12-of-16 shooting. She also collected 15 rebounds, matching a career-best.

Tennessee Lady Volunteers center Mercedes Russell (21) drives on Ohio State Buckeyes forward Shayla Cooper (32) in the second half of the semifinals of the Sioux Falls regional of the women's NCAA Tournament at Denny Sanford PREMIER Center. Tennessee defeated Ohio State 78-62. (Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports)

Tennessee Lady Volunteers center Mercedes Russell (21) drives on Ohio State Buckeyes forward Shayla Cooper (32) in the second half of the semifinals of the Sioux Falls regional of the women’s NCAA Tournament at Denny Sanford PREMIER Center. Tennessee defeated Ohio State 78-62. (Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports)

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UT Lady Vols face Ohio State Buckeyes in NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16, Friday

 

#7 Seed Tennessee Lady Vols (21-13) vs. #3 Seed Ohio State Buckeyes (26-7)

Friday, March 25th, 2016 | 8:30pm CT/9:30pm ET
Sioux Falls, SD | Denny Sanford Premier Center

UT Lady VolsKnoxville, TN – The No. 7 seed Lady Vols (21-13) will take on No. 3 seed Ohio State (26-7) in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on Friday at 8:30pm CT/ 9:30pm ET on ESPN2.

The winner will advance to Sunday’s Sioux Falls Regional final and will play the winner of the other semifinal game featuring No. 1 seed and #3/2-ranked South Carolina (33-1) vs. No. 4 seed and #14/15-ranked Syracuse (27-7).

Tennessee advanced to the semifinal round on Sunday night by upsetting No. 2 seed and #11/11 Arizona State, 75-64, in the second round on the Sun Devils’ home court in Tempe. UT had beaten No. 10 seed Green Bay in the first round last Friday, 59-53.

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UT Lady Vols advance to Sweet 16 with 75-64 victory over Arizona State

 

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UT Lady VolsTempe, AZ – Tennessee is heading to the Sweet 16 for the 34th time after defeating No. 2 seed Arizona State, 75-64, in Sunday’s NCAA Tournament Second Round matchup at Wells Fargo Arena.

The Lady Vols (21-13) have won five of their last six games, the best stretch of the season for the Big Orange. Despite claiming its highest seed in school history, Arizona State (26-7) dropped three of its final four.

Diamond DeShields led all scorers with 24 points on 9-of-17 shooting. Mercedes Russell (12), Jordan Reynolds (12) and Jaime Nared (11) also scored in double figures. Elisha Davis scored 18 points to pace the Sun Devils.

Tennessee Women's Basketball's #11 Diamond DeShields scores 24, Lady Vols shoot 52 percent in the NCAA Tournament Second Round victory. (Donald Page/Tennessee Athletics)

Tennessee Women’s Basketball’s #11 Diamond DeShields scores 24, Lady Vols shoot 52 percent in the NCAA Tournament Second Round victory. (Donald Page/Tennessee Athletics)

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UT Lady Vols Basketball takes on Arizona State in second round of NCAA Tournament

 

#7 Tennessee Lady Vols (20-13) vs. #2 Arizona State (26-6)

Sunday, March 20th, 2016 | 9:00pm ET/8:00pm CT
Tempe, AZ | Wells Fargo Arena

UT Lady VolsKnoxville, TN – The No. 7 seed Lady Vols (20-13) will put their undefeated second round record on the line against No. 2 seed Arizona State (26-6) in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in Tempe, Arizona on Sunday at 6:00pm PT/ 9:00pm ET/ 8:00pm CT on ESPN.

The winner will advance to the Sweet 16 and will play a yet-to-be-determined opponent on March 25th in Sioux Falls. Tennessee advanced to the second round on Friday afternoon by defeating No. 10 seed Green Bay, 59-53, coming from eight down in the first half.

Arizona State, meanwhile, romped to a 74-52 win over No. 15 seed New Mexico State to move along to Sunday.

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UT Lady Vols Basketball comes back to beat Green Bay at NCAA Tournament, 59-53

 

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UT Lady VolsTempe, AZ  Te’a Cooper scored 15 points and Diamond DeShields scored 14 points to lead Tennessee to a 59-53 comeback victory over Green Bay in Friday’s NCAA Tournament First Round contest at Wells Fargo Arena.

The No. 7 seed Lady Vols (20-13) trailed No. 10 seed Green Bay (28-5) by as much as eight points in the second quarter, making the win their biggest comeback of the season. Tennessee also recorded its 40th-straight 20-win season.

Cooper scored 11 of her 15 points in the second half and was 7-of-11 from the floor for the game with three rebounds and two assists. DeShields shot 4-of-15 and also collected four rebounds and three assists. Both Cooper and DeShields fouled out in the final 38 seconds.

Tennessee Women's Basketball overcomes early 8-point deficit to advance to NCAA Tournament Second Round. (UT Athletics Department)

Tennessee Women’s Basketball overcomes early 8-point deficit to advance to NCAA Tournament Second Round. (UT Athletics Department)

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UT Lady Vols Basketball plays Green Bay Friday in first round of NCAA Tournament

 

#7 Tennessee Lady Vols (19-13) vs. #10 Green Bay Phoenix (28-4)

Friday, March 18th, 2016 | 5:10pm ET/4:10pm CT
Tempe, AZ | Wells Fargo Arena

UT Lady VolsKnoxville, TN – The No. 7 seed Lady Vols (19-13) will make their 35th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance as they play No. 10 Green Bay (28-4) in the first round in Tempe, Arizona on Friday at 2:00pm PT/ 5:00pm ET / 4:00pm CT on ESPN2. The game is at Wells Fargo Arena on the Arizona State University campus.

Tennessee (19-13, 8-8 SEC) has been awarded a No. 7 seed in the Sioux Falls (South Dakota) Regional of the 64-team 2016 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship.

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UT Lady Vols Basketball take on Green Bay to begin NCAA Tournament

 

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UT Lady VolsKnoxville, TN The Tennessee women’s basketball team is headed to the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament for the 35th time.

The Lady Vols are seeded No. 7 in the Sioux Falls Regional and will play No. 10 seed Green Bay in the first round at 2:00pm PT (5:00pm ET/4:00pm CT) on Friday at Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe, AZ.

The game will be televised by ESPN2 and also carried on the Lady Vol Radio Network.

The Lady Vols (19-13) and Phoenix (28-4) will meet for the second time. The programs previously met on November 26th, 1996, with #5/5 UT winning, 71-36, in Knoxville.

Tennessee Women's Basketball opens up NCAA Tournament play against Green Bay in Tempe, AZ on Friday, March 18th. (Andrew Bruckse/Tennessee Athletics)

Tennessee Women’s Basketball opens up NCAA Tournament play against Green Bay in Tempe, AZ on Friday, March 18th. (Andrew Bruckse/Tennessee Athletics)

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UT Lady Vols Basketball loses to Mississippi State 58-48 in SEC Tournament Semifinals

 

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UT Lady Vols BasketballJacksonville, FL – Tennessee’s SEC Tournament run came to an end on Saturday as the Lady Vols fell to No. 3 seed Mississippi State, 58-48, in the semifinals at Veterans Memorial Arena.

Diamond DeShields paced the Lady Vols (19-13) with 22 points. Victoria Vivians scored 30 points to help No. 16/16 Mississippi State (26-6) punch its ticket to the title game of the conference tournament. The Bulldogs will face No. 1 seed South Carolina on Sunday at 2:30pm ET/1:30pm CT on ESPN.

DeShields scored 14 of her 22 points in the second half and also grabbed five rebounds. Bashaara Graves collected a game-high 15 rebounds and scored five points. Jaime Nared added 12 points.

Tennessee Lady Volunteers guard Te'a Cooper (20) dribbles the ball as Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs guard Morgan William (2) defends in the first quarter during the women's SEC basketball tournament at Jacksonville Memorial Veterans Arena. (Logan Bowles-USA TODAY Sports)

Tennessee Lady Volunteers guard Te’a Cooper (20) dribbles the ball as Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs guard Morgan William (2) defends in the first quarter during the women’s SEC basketball tournament at Jacksonville Memorial Veterans Arena. (Logan Bowles-USA TODAY Sports)

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