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Lady Vols stumble in fourth quarter, fall to LSU on the road

Tennessee drops into a tie for fourth place in the SEC.
Credit: AP
Tennessee head coach Kellie Harper in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

In a huge matchup in the top of the SEC, Tennessee falls on the road to LSU, 75-65.

Rennia Davis led the way for the Lady Vols with 19 points.

For the second time this season, LSU beat Tennessee on the boards: in Knoxville, the Tigers were +13 in the rebounding department, in Baton Rouge, the Tigers were +6. 

Pointer led all scorers with 24 points while adding 10 rebounds and 6 assists. LSU's Awa Trasi added 22 points of her own, going 5/10 from three. 

The Lady Vols trailed by just one point going into the fourth quarter, but were outscored 26-17 in the final ten minutes of play. The Lady Vols went on two separate three-minute scoring droughts in the fourth quarter.

With just five games left in the regular season, the Lady Vols are now in a tough position. With the loss, Tennessee falls from third place in the SEC to a three-way tie for fourth with Arkansas and Kentucky (Texas A&M plays Vanderbilt on Thursday as well, a win would make it a four-way tie for fourth). The top four seeds in the SEC receive a double-bye for the conference tournament. 

Tennessee will play another game against a ranked opponent: the Lady Vols meet Texas A&M at 3 p.m. on Sunday in Thompson-Boling Arena.