The Tennessee Lady Vols are used to dominating the SEC, but they are not used to being the underdog as they do. Tennessee was picked to finish fith in the conference in their first season without Pat Summitt, but Holly Warlock and company put no stock in projections. In fact, with a 7-0 record in league play, the most disappointing part of the season has to be the 77-67 loss to number 2 ranked Notre Dame Monday- a night where they honored the matriarch of the dynasty that has been Lady Vols basketball. The loss ended a nine-game winning streak.
Mississippi State on the other hand comes off a win over rival Ole Miss ending a six-game losing streak to bring their record to 9-11, 1-6 SEC. Coach Vic Schaefer said after Sunday's first SEC win, "Hopefully they have seen the fruition of some hard work, good focus and being competitive, That's what we are trying to teach our kids every day." The Lady Bulldogs are making strides, but are glad to see January come to a close after the rocky SEC start. Martha Alvval, who had a career high 23 points and 12 rebounds to record her second straight double-double in the win over Ole Miss leads the way in the right direction with the season's leading scorer Kendra Grant.
If Mississippi State hopes to hang with their fourth top 20 and second top 10 team in the last eight games, they will have to slow down the SEC's most powerful offense. The Lady Vols are scoring 81.1 points per game and shooting 74.8 from the free throw line. They will have insight on stopping the leading candidate for the SEC's Freshman of the Year and leading rebounder. Just last year Tennessees Bashaara Graves and Mis-
sissippi States Jessy Ward helped Clarksville High School to a 37-1 record and the Tennessee Class 3A semi&64257;nals.
Matt Stewart and Maria Taylor bring you the call tonight at 7:00 pm ET for the SEC on CSS match up.