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Lady Vols have two chances to prove everyone wrong

lady volsI haven’t written enough about the Lady Vols this year, and I’m sorry about that. Because not only do I love the Lady Vols, but I also love what they’ve accomplished this year.

Can you imagine how hard it must be to carry on without your legend? What’s more, to do so in the unfamiliar role of underdog as opposed to that of favorite? Because that’s exactly what Holly Warlick’s squad has had to do. The Lady Vols (22-5, 13-1 SEC) were picked to finish fifth in the conference by league coaches, fourth by the media.

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Yet the No. 8 Lady Vols have already clinched a share of the SEC title and have before them not one, but two chances to clinch an outright championship. Neither opportunity will be a gimme.

Tonight, they host No. 13 Texas A&M (21-7, 11-3 SEC) at Thompson Bowling Arena at 7. It’s senior night, which means the last home game for Taber Spani and Kamiko Williams, so emotions are sure to be on high, emotions that will hopefully carry them to an SEC title that many thought outside of their grasp.

If they don’t get it done tonight, the Lady Vols will still have another chance to win an outright conference title on Sunday when they travel to Lexington to square off against No. 10 Kentucky (23-4, 11-3 SEC).

But let’s hope it doesn’t come to that. Let’s hope that the Lady Vols get it done tonight in front of the home crowd. Because I can’t think of a better place to win a SEC title that would mean so much to a team and its fanbase, especially considering the significant transition this program is undergoing.

In honor of the big game, I’ve got a couple of links for you.

Here’s a piece on the UT Sports site that dives a bit deeper into senior night.

And another piece from UT sports that contains the latest video in a series called Lady Vol Access that focuses on Taber Spani.

Here’s one more piece on UTsports.com about junior phenom Megan Simmons being named one of the finalist for the Naismith Women’s College Player of the Year award who’s looking for an SEC title of her own. That of scoring champion. She comes into play tonight averaging 17.8, barely ahead of LSU’s Theresa Plaisance (17.8) and Texas A&M’s Kelsey Bone (17.6).

And, the final link I’ll leave you is the excellent game preview over on GoVolsXtra.com which is where I got the scoring stats I just dropped.

Here’s hoping you can either see the game in person or on TV tonight. Here’s also hoping that the lady Vols show the rest of the SEC that there may be a transition underway, but that the end result will be more of the same.

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