Mercedes Russell's double-double couldn't prevent the Lady Vols first loss of the season. The win was also Tennessee's first over Texas A&M in Knoxville since the Aggies joined the SEC in 2012, and the first time the Vols had strung together three straight SEC wins since January 21-31, 2017 (Mississippi State, Kentucky, Kansas State).More news: Card Factory (CARD) Price Target Lowered to GBX 240 at Liberum Capital
The Aggies (14-4, 3-1 SEC) rallied back from down four with less than two minutes to play in overtime, using a 9-2 run, making all seven of their free throws in that span. The Vols silenced any chance of a comeback though with a 10-1 run to pull ahead by 15, which put the game on ice. Williams chipped in 22 of her own while going 3-for-7 from 3-point range. The lead at the break came thanks in part to Texas A&M's 13 turnovers, which Tennessee converted into 15 points. She went 6 for 17 from the field, shooting 35.3%. On the ensuing possession, Meme Jackson worked her way open for a 3-point attempt to win the game, but the shot was too strong and the teams took their battle to overtime.
Tennessee's guards got it done against Texas A&M.More news: Shares Struggling Near-Term: American Water Works Company, Inc. (NYSE:AWK)
The Vols entered the game against Texas A&M with the No. 13 RPI and the No. 3 Strength of Schedule (per ESPN), while the Aggies had the No. 33 RPI. However, a turnover caused by air-tight defensive pressure forced UT to foul Williams again, and the junior guard sank two more at the line to give the Aggies the decisive 79-76 edge with less than a second remaining. Additionally, the Lady Vols outscored A&M in the paint, 44-38.More news: Andy Cole urges Jose Mourinho to break the bank for Alexis Sanchez
A&M returns to the court on Tuesday as the Aggies host Ole Miss with tip-off slated for 8 p.m.
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