No. 6 Lady Vols lose first game this season after 79-76 overtime loss at No. 17 Texas A&M

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No. 6 Tennessee’s undefeated record was snapped after a 79-76 overtime loss to No. 17 Texas A&M on Thursday.

The Lady Vols (15-1, 3-1 SEC) entered the game as one of four undefeated teams remaining in the country.

Trailing by one with 7.8 seconds remaining in overtime, Tennessee had the ball with a chance to win, but Evina Westbrook’s pass to Jaime Nared bounced wide and out of bounds, resulting in a turnover.

Prior to the turnover, Texas A&M (14-4, 3-1) missed 18 consecutive shots before Danni Williams ended the skid to knot the game 74-74 with 44 seconds remaining.

Tennessee senior center Mercedes Russell, who was coming off a 33-point performance against Vanderbilt Sunday, put the Lady Vols back in front by two with 19 seconds to play thanks to a right hand shot near the basket that bounced off the backboard and in. Russell scored a team-high 21 points to go with 10 rebounds.

The Aggies regained the lead with 9 seconds left after Westbrook fouled Williams on a 3-point attempt. Williams made all three free throws to put Texas A&M in front 77-76.

While the loss ends the 15-game win streak for Tennessee, the Lady Vols must now turn their attention to a trio of top-ranked opponents that would leave most programs in a losing skid.

Tennessee travels to No. 9 South Carolina, who won the 2016 national championship, on Sunday. The Lady Vols will go from Columbia to No. 2 Notre Dame on Jan. 18 before returning home to play No. 4 Mississippi State on Jan. 21.

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