KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – After playing in front of thousands of supporters on its home court in the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament, Tennessee heads across the country to prepare for a much different reception.
The second-seeded Lady Vols (29-5) play No. 11 seed Gonzaga (26-7) in a Spokane Region semifinal Saturday at the Spokane Arena, located less than 2 miles from Gonzaga’s campus.
Tennessee guard Ariel Massengale acknowledges that “it’s kind of like a home game” for Gonzaga, but adds that “we’re up for the challenge.”
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Gonzaga got this far by stunning No. 3 seed Oregon State 76-64 on the Beavers’ home floor. Tennessee won a 2013 regional semifinal game with Oklahoma in Oklahoma City, about 20 miles from Oklahoma’s campus.
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