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No. 8 Lady Vols Claim 17th Regular Season SEC Championship

Quite the accomplishment.

With the 82-72 win over Texas A&M on an emotional senior night, the Tennessee women’s basketball team claimed its 17th regular season SEC championship.

Check out the highlights from the game here:

This regular season championship is the first for head coach Holly Warlick, who served under legendary head coach Pat Summitt during her time at Tennessee.

“I think it's a sense of validation for these young players. We're mainly freshmen and sophomores and we’ve asked them to play big roles. They're trying to live up to a tradition, and it's tough. There's a lot of pressure on them, but I'll tell you this, they have battled and done what we've asked them to do."

"You've seen everyone play an important role. It's just a tribute to - they didn't like being picked fifth (in the SEC), and they had a little chip on their shoulder. And they went to work and I think this is the one team that has been the most focused, and was the hardest-working team in practice that we've had in a long time. When you do those things, you get great results, and it's been a huge, huge team effort," Warlick said in her post-game press conference.

The game was also emotional for seniors Taber Spani and Kamiko Williams, who were honored before the game. This regular season SEC championship is the third for Spani and Williams during their time at Tennessee.

Spani discussed senior night after the game:

“It's just crazy. And the fact that we had so much on the line, with this game, we focused so much more on the game. You had to block out senior night and remember that this was the SEC Championship on the line. That was a bit different, but I think it made it all the more special.” ~ Taber Spani

The Lady Vols (23-5 overall, 14-1 SEC) will be the No. 1 seed in the SEC tournament which starts on March 6 in Duluth, Georgia. Their first game will be in the third round on March 8 at 12 p.m.