The Lady Vols' quest for a 19tth SEC Championship trophy ended in a disappointing loss on Friday.
The No. 5 seed Lady Vols (19-10, 10-6 SEC) fell to the No. 12 seed Alabama (18-12, 5-11 SEC) in the second round of the SEC Tournament.
The final score was 72-64.
Alabama had a huge second half, while the Lady Vols struggled. Tennessee's Diamond DeShields fouled out in the fourth quarter.
Mercedes Russell finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds in the contest, both of which were game-highs. Diamond DeShields posted another all-around performance, totaling 15 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals. Jordan Reynolds and Jaime Nared also crack double-digit scoring, with 14 and 11, respectively. Nared also added seven rebounds and three assists.
Tennessee was able to get within two in the final moments of the game, but Alabama pulled away as the seconds ticked down.
While they are out of the SEC tournament, the Lady Vols have a chance to redeem themselves in the NCAA tournament.