Lady Vols beat Texas A&M; win outright SEC title

Lady Vols beat Texas A&M; win outright SEC title

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Tennessee beat Texas A&M 82-72 on Thursday night, giving the Lady Vols outright possession of their 17th SEC regular season championship.

The title is also the first in the Holly Warlick era.

"A little bit of disbelief, but I guess I didn't know how to act because I've never done that before," Warlick said after the game. 

"Obviously, (I'm) excited. Extremely, extremely, excited for this program and our players to make sure we carry on the tradition that Coach Summitt has done and it's just a little surreal for me right now."

It was also Senior Night at Thompson-Boling Arena as Kamiko Williams and Taber Spani were playing their final regular season games in Knoxville.

Both players were accompanied by family members to center court just prior to tip-off.

The Aggies proved to be a challenge for Tennessee, leading 30-25 before Meighan Simmons sparked a 12-2 run with a 3-point shot to give the Lady Vols a 37-32 halftime lead.

Tennessee led 60-50 in the second half, but Texas A&M managed to close the gap to 76-72 with 3:50 to play.

The Lady Vols held the Aggies scoreless the rest of the way, preserving an 82-72 win. 

Williams led Tennessee with 18 points.

Meighan Simmons added 17 points and Cierra Burdick scored 15 points and grabbed 14 rebounds.

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