KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee is fighting through a midseason slump as it prepares for one of its toughest tests of the year.
After racing to a 10-0 start, the 12th-ranked Lady Vols (14-3) have lost three of their last seven games as they prepare to host No. 2 Notre Dame (16-0) on Monday.
Tennessee already has dropped two Southeastern Conference games, matching its total number of regular-season conference losses from last year.
One year ago, Tennessee outperformed expectations to win an SEC regular-season title and reach a third consecutive regional final.
The Lady Vols returned to their customary role as the SEC preseason favorite this year, and they're struggling to adjust.
While Tennessee has been struggling lately, Notre Dame is on a roll. The Irish have won a school-record 39 consecutive regular-season games.