Knoxville, TENN. (WATE) – Coming off their worst loss of the season, there was some question as to how Tennessee would respond Thursday night against Auburn.
It took a slow first half, and a quick halftime speech, but they responded.
“I just challenged them in a pretty strong way,” Holly Warlick said of her halftime speech when Tennessee trailed 32-27. “That wasn’t Tennessee basketball the first two quarters and I wasn’t gonna sit and watch it. I just challenged them, and they stepped up.”
“She came in, and she went off for 30 seconds, and then we left,” Rennia Davis said. “And that was that.”
The Lady Vols scored just 9 points in the second quarter, but outscored the Tigers 46-30 in the second half thanks in large part to a career night from freshman Zaay Green. The Duncanville, TX. native who played her high school ball at the same school Tamika Catchings did poured in 25 points on 12-of-16 from the field.
Davis added 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Cheridene Green finished with 16 points and 11 boards. Evina Westbrook, returning after serving a suspension Sunday for missing class, scored 9 points on just 1-of-11 from the field, but facilitated with excellent passing on her way to 10 assists.
The Lady Vols (16-8, 5-6 SEC) sit seventh in the SEC with five games left before the SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament. There’s plenty of room for upward mobility and resume boosting wins, as well. Tennessee’s next three opponents are all higher than the Lady Vols in the conference standings, including games against No. 11 South Carolina and No. 22 Texas A&M.
Tennessee heads to Colombia, MO. on Sunday aiming to avenge their January 6th loss to Missouri that started their 6-game skid.