The No. 12 Lady Vols bounced back with a win over No. 14 Texas A&M, 82-67, on Thursday at Thompson-Boling Arena.
With the win, UT improved to 18-4, with a 5-3 mark in Southeastern Conference play. The Lady Vols had lost three of their last four games, and four of their last six prior to Thursday.
"After the stretch we went through, the sky was falling," Coach Holly Warlick said after the game. "I will say this, we held on. We got after it early, and we competed for four quarters."
Senior center Mercedes Russell finished with 18 points and a team-leading 13 rebounds. Russell recorded her 40th career double-double, becoming the third Lady Vol in program history to accomplish the feat (Chamique Holdsdclaw and Candace Parker were the first two.)
"I think for the full 40 minutes, we played as hard as we could, which is something we did not do against LSU on Sunday," Russell said. "I did not feel like we played really hard that game, maybe in spurts. I think tonight we played hard, from the tip to the end, and it was our defense that set us apart."
Jaime Nared scored 23 points, shooting 8-of-15 from the field. Freshman Anastasia Hayes contributed 16 points off the bench, including two field goals made from three-point range.
Tennessee's win avenged a 79-76 overtime heartbreaker loss at the hands of the Aggies (17-6, 6-3 SEC) in early January. That loss was Tennessee's first of the season.
The Lady Vols will travel to Nashville to play in-state rival Vanderbilt on Sunday. UT previously beat the Commodores, 86-73, at Thompson-Boling Arena on January 7. Tip-off for Sunday's game is set for 2 p.m.