After tying its season low with 11 points in the first quarter, Tennessee was not able to ever take the lead in an 82-67 loss to No. 13 South Carolina on Sunday at Thompson-Boling Arena.
The Gamecocks scored 27 points in the first quarter and never looked back as Bianca Cuevas-Moore piled up a game-high 28 points. Doniyah Cliney added 16 points while Alexis Jennings and Tyasha Harris also reached double figures.
Tennessee, who only made one of its attempted three 3-pointers, focused on short-range shots throughout the game. But they weren’t falling. Rennia Davis, who led the Lady Vols with 15 points, missed more shots than she made going 6-14 shooting.
South Carolina scored 17 points off of the Lady Vols’ 16 turnovers. The Gamecocks had eight blocks and 10 steals and while Tennessee focused on scoring down low, South Carolina outscored the Lady Vols in the paint 50-46.
Tennessee will likely need to win its final two regular season games and win at least one game in the SEC Tournament to earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament. The Lady Vols host Vanderbilt on Thursday at 7 p.m. before ending the regular season at Ole Miss on March 3.