On January 7, the Lady Vols beat Vanderbilt 86-73. The team was 15-0, one of the best starts in program history. Three weeks later, the No. 10 Lady Vols have lost four of its last six games, including Sunday afternoon's 70-59 loss to LSU.
Four Lady Vols scored in double digits: Mercedes Russell (14), Meme Jackson (13), Rennia Davis (11) and Evina Westbrook (10).
What stands out the most with the loss to the Tigers in the bayou? The offensive rebounding effort. 2nd chance points came early and often for LSU, on the offensive glass the Lady Vols were outrebounded 23-14, 44-32 on the boards in general.
For the third straight game, the Lady Vols took care of the basketball, at least, compared to the rest of the season. Tennessee turned over the ball just 14 times, compared to its season average of 17.1 turnovers a game. However, there's still a major offensive problem for the Lady Vols. In the past three games (Mississippi State, Ole Miss and LSU) Tennessee is shooting just 16.2% from downtown.
The Lady Vols are now 17-4 overall, 5-3 in conference play. Tennessee will play again at home on February 1, a rematch against No. 15 Texas A&M, the team that ended its 15-game winning streak earlier this season.