The Lady Vols were denied a chance at their 17th SEC tournament championship on Saturday, with a 66-62 loss to the the Texas A&M Aggies.
The game was a back and forth affair, but Texas A&M was able to prevail.
The Lady Vols led 58-56 with just under four minutes to play. Texas A&M tied the game coming out of a timeout on a Adrienne Pratcher jumper. The Aggies then took the lead on a Courtney Walker jumper. Tennessee tied the game, with just under a minute to go, on a Taber Spani tip in, but couldn’t overcome the Aggies.
Taber Spani lead the Vols in scoring with a career high 33 points. Spani hit 11 of her 13 shots from the field, including 5 of her 6 three-point attempts. Meighan Simmons, the Lady Vols leading scorer on the season, was second on the team in scoring with 10 points.
Courtney Walker led the Aggies in scoring with 18 points.
Texas A&M out-rebounded the Lady Vols 36-28. The Aggies also had 11 steals in the game, compared to only 3 steals for the Vols.
The Aggies will take on the Kentucky Wildcats in the championship game on Sunday.
With the loss Tennessee fell to 24-7 overall.
The Lady Vols will now turn their attention to the NCAA tournament. The Lady Vols, who were the top seed in the SEC tournament, will likely be looking at a number 2 or 3 seed in the NCAA tournament. Seeding for the NCAA tournament will be announced on March 18th, with the tournament beginning on March 23rd.