The Lady Vols basketball team advanced to the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament last night by beating Auburn 64-61 with a thrilling last-second banked-in three-pointer from Rennia Davis.
Holly Warlick looked and sounded like she could barely believe it:
Jaime Nared led the team in scoring with 17 despite having to leave early after a hard fall on a layup attempt. Mercedes Russell had a double-double (her 45th) with 12 points and 15 rebounds, partially on the strength of a 10-for-10 night at the free throw line. Davis and Meme Jackson also had double figures in points.
Both teams played full-court press for much of the game, which led to a combined 39 points, and the teams traded the lead the entire game.
The game-winner came just after Auburn tied the game at 61 with 13 seconds left. Tennessee tried to draw up a play for Anastasia Hayes, but she had to throw out of a double team to Davis, who banked in the game-winning three-pointer with half a second remaining.
The Lady Vols play 2-seed South Carolina tonight at 6:00 p.m. The game will be televised on the SEC Network.