The Tennessee Lady Volunteers defeated the Oklahoma Sooners by a score of 74-59 in the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA women’s championship on Sunday.
The game was played in Oklahoma City in an arena full of screaming Oklahoma Sooner fans, but the Lady Vols didn’t let the atmosphere or anyone’s doubts affect them.
Lady Vols essentially playing a road game against Oklahoma today, going to be tough.
— Jordan Moore ✝ (@jmoore_21) March 31, 2013
Without legendary head coach Pat Summitt leading the team for the first time, head coach Holly Warlick had big shoes to fill, and many argued that it wouldn’t be possible for UT to reach the Elite Eight for the 26th time.
Oklahoma kept the game close in the opening minutes, but midway through the first half Tennessee had taken a 24-13 lead over the Sooners. By halftime, the Lady Vols were up 44-27.
The second half was dominated by UT as the team led by as much as 28 points.
The Lady Vols are now 115-23 all-time in the NCAA Tournament. This is the best record in terms of wins in college basketball history.
To the Elite 8 we go! So proud of my Lady Vols! This team has surpassed everyone’s expectations just like I knew they would!#LadyVolPride
— Brittany Yates (@MissNurse1224) March 31, 2013
Senior Kamiko Williams led UT in scoring for the fourth time this season with 15 points, while sophomore Isabelle Harrison had an NCAA high 12 points and eight rebounds. This was Harrison’s best game since returning from a late-season injury.
Check out these highlights from the game:
The Lady Vols will face the winner of the Baylor-Louisville game on Tuesday at 9 p.m. on ESPN. Some Tennessee fans are already assuming the outcome of the game and are bracing for the battle against Baylor’s Brittney Griner.
#LadyVols play great game. Reward? Brittney Griner.
— Mike Strange (@Strangemike44) March 31, 2013