#11 Tennessee didn’t just upset #7 Kentucky tonight – they handed them their behinds. Final score: 91-54.
The Lady Vols crashed out of the gates and played some of the most urgent, feverish and complete ball that we’ve seen in a while, dominating the Wildcats from beginning to end. Tennessee’s tone was on display early in the first half, when sophomore guard Meighan Simmons (who lead the Vols with 25 points) and senior forward Shekinna Stricklen (18 points) forced a key turnover, together. They started screaming at each other and chest bumping like they were about to win the championship. Govolsxtra writer Dan Fleser said it looked to him like the Lady Vols were playing “almost angry.” Whatever it was, it was something to behold.
Govolsxtra wants to know how far you think Tennessee can make it in the NCAA Tournament.
Another upset this evening:
Minnesota upended #15 Nebraska, 64-58.
Kansas forward Carolyn Davis will miss the rest of the season after both tearing her ACL and dislocating her knee in yesterday’s game against Kansas State.
Other Tennessee news:
There is no handbook for Associate Head Coach Holly Warlick’s role now that Coach Pat Summitt has early-onset dementia.
Don’t harp on Summitt’s illness, says one fan.
NCAA happenings and news:
Sites for the first and second rounds of next year’s tournament have been chosen.
The Mountain West Conference and C-USA will form a new conference.
The Tulsa Shock has re-signed Jennifer Lacy to a multi-year deal.
The Atlanta Dream has signed Aneika Henry to a training camp contract.
The Minnesota Lynx have signed free agent Erin Thorn.