Lady Vols stumble in semifinals

Taber Spani

DULUTH, Ga. - The Lady Vols wanted to pull off the double-double in Duluth but got sent packing by Texas A&M. Go inside for a quick and free read.

Tennessee (24-7) got a career performance from senior Taber Spani, but it wasn't enough as Texas A&M (23-9) scored down the stretch and overtook the Lady Vols for a 66-62 win in the SEC tourney semifinals.

The Lady Vols won the regular season but had limped into Georgia without Isabelle Harrison - the good news for Tennessee is she is expected to be back for the NCAA tourney - and the impact was felt inside.

The Aggies dominated the glass, 42-31 and had 18 offensive rebounds.

"We've got to get better on the defensive end," Head coach Holly Warlick said. "That's the bottom line. We've got to get better and become a better rebounding team."

Spani had a career high 33 points on 11-13 shooting, including 5-6 from behind the arc, but she got little help on offense as guards Ariel Massengale, Kamiko Williams and Meighan Simmons combined to shoot 8-30 from the field overall and 0-6 from long range.

Texas A&M had four players in double figures led by 18 points from Courtney Walker, 15 each for Adrienne Pratcher and Kelsey Bone and 12 points from Kristi Bellock.

The Aggies will play for the tourney title against either Kentucky or Georgia.

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