Tennessee Basketball: Lady Vols can’t hang with South Carolina

Tennessee basketball Lady Vols headed to South Carolina to take on the top-ranked Gamecocks, but couldn’t keep up with the best team in the country.

South Carolina is the best team in the country for a reason, and Tennessee basketball’s Lady Vols learned why first-hand on Sunday, suffering a 48-69 loss to the Gamecocks.

Tennessee’s offense has been one of the bragging points from its recent games, but South Carolina’s defense is relentless, and the Lady Vols found that out pretty quickly.

After the first quarter, the Lady Vols were trailing 21-9 and had a tall task ahead of them. It was near impossible for them to recover after that and couldn’t break through the dominant South Carolina defense.

It was the worst loss the Lady Vols have suffered this season in SEC play, but luckily for them, it was against the best team in the country.

Rennia Davis once again led the Lady Vols offense with 18 points but shot 0-3 from three. Other than that, no other Tennessee player reached the ten-point mark in Sunday’s game.

This loss shouldn’t take away from the success the Lady Vols have achieved throughout this season. After last season, I would not have thought they would be ranked in February, but I’m glad I have been proved wrong so far.

The loss puts the Lady Vols at 7-2 in the SEC, and that’s good enough for third in the SEC and trail by only half a game to Mississippi State, who is in second in the SEC.

The Lady Vols also fall to 17-5, which should still be good enough to stay ranked going into the final month of the season.

If you thought the Lady Vols’ tests were done, you’re wrong because up next is Mississippi State, and three of the last six Tennessee opponents are ranked.

Kellie Harper has already proven she has what it takes to be successful at Tennessee. She can add a little faith by finishing the regular season strong.