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Lady Vols grab top 5 spot on AP poll; Harper named ESPN Coach of the Week

This is the first time since the 2015-2016 season the Lady Vols cracked the top 5 on the AP poll.
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Mississippi forward Shakira Austin, left, and Tennessee forward Alexus Dye (2) reach for a rebound during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Oxford, Miss., Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022. Tennessee won 70-58. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The Lady Vols claimed the No. 5 spot on the AP Top 25 poll on Monday.

This is the first time since the 2015-2016 season the Lady Vols cracked the top 5 on the AP poll.

Tennessee beat the Ole Miss Rebels in Oxford, Mississippi on Sunday, 70-58. 

The victory is UT's sixth consecutive win this season and the seventh consecutive victory over the Rebels. The Lady Vols' record is now 15-1, with a 4-0 SEC record. 

Tennessee travels to Nashville to play Vanderbilt on Jan. 13. Tip-off is scheduled for 9 p.m. eastern time.  

The Lady Vols sit just behind No. 4 North Carolina State, No. 3 Louisville, No. 2 Stanford and No. 1 South Carolina.

The team tweeted it is No. 3 in the latest ESPN Power Rankings, and head coach Kellie Harper was named the ESPN Coach of the Week.