Tennessee had a season-high 26 turnovers in an 83-68 loss to top-seed Mississippi State in the SEC Tournament Quarterfinal on Friday.
The 26 turnovers are the most in an SEC Tournament game in over 20 years. The Bulldogs, who had 11 turnovers, scored 30 points off of the Lady Vols’ mistakes.
In a game that had six lead changes, Tennessee sank five 3-pointers in the first quarter but would make only four more in the next three quarters.
Lady Vols sophomore point guard Evina Westbrook, who was benched due to a violation of team rules when Tennessee was blown out at Mississippi State last month, scored a team-high 19 points. But Westbrook, along with Meme Jackson, also led the team with six turnovers.
Tennessee now must wait ten days before it knows whether or not it will receive a bid to the NCAA Tournament. If not, it will mark the first time in program history that the Lady Vols have not been part of the bracket.