Tennessee thought that SEC play prepared the Lady Vols for the NCAA women’s basketball tournament.
When the brackets were unveiled on March 17, the tournament selection committee agreed, giving UT and South Carolina No. 1 seeds and putting eight conference teams in the 64-team field.
But only one league team — Texas A&M — survived the Sweet 16. Tennessee, South Carolina and LSU all were beaten on Sunday. Kentucky fell in the Round of 16 on Saturday.
League teams aren’t measuring up as expected. A reason why is covered from Tennessee’s perspective by News-Sentinel columnist John Adams in Tuesday’s editions and online at govolsxtra.com.
Tennessee fell victim to Maryland and All-American forward Alyssa Thomas, who scored a career-high 33 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. She scored six consecutive baskets at one point during the second half.
Louisville All-American guard Shoni Schimmel scored 19 against injury-depleted LSU. North Carolina freshman star Diamond DeShields had 19 against South Carolina.
On Saturday, Baylor All-American Odyssey Sims hit Kentucky with 25 points.
The Associated Press will announce its All-American teams this week. The SEC’s best hope is sneaking a player on to the third team. Until that changes, these NCAA results probably won’t.