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Tennessee fought back from a 13-point deficit in first fifty percent but could not muster adequate defense for acquire
Dan Fleser, Usa Nowadays Network – Tennessee

A large amount can adjust in a yr.

When Tennessee traveled to South Bend, Ind., last January, the Lady Vols positioned by themselves to upset Notre Dame immediately after a few quarters. The Irish rallied for an 84-70 victory.

It’s been all downhill for the Lady Vols due to the fact then.

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Tennessee limps into its home match Thursday (7 p.m. ET, ESPN) against Notre Dame, the nation’s No. 1-ranked staff and defending national champion.

“Notre Dame is No. 1 in the place, so it can be going to be a big challenge for us,” Tennessee ahead Rennia Davis mentioned immediately after the Lady Vols’ 80-79 reduction to Arkansas on Monday. “They’ll almost certainly be one of the toughest teams we enjoy this yr. We’ve bought to search at it like any other staff. We’ve bought to put a entire 40 minutes with each other.”

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Streaking in opposite instructions

Tennessee (12-6) provides a 5-match getting rid of streak into Thursday.

Notre Dame (18-1), rides in on an 11-match successful streak, in the course of which its normal margin of victory is 30.6 points. The Irish misplaced to Connecticut 89-71 on Dec. 2, but the Huskies misplaced 68-57 to Baylor on Jan. 3, making it possible for Notre Dame to transfer up to the prime spot in the polls.

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“We have to go out and be confident,” Lady Vols coach Holly Warlick mentioned Monday night time. “We usually are not intended to acquire the match, and which is great. We had been intended to beat Missouri, Kentucky, Arkansas and Alabama, and we failed to get it accomplished.”

Upsets take place

The underdog part has suited Tennessee before in this rivalry series. The Lady Vols had been unranked when they beat No. 6 Notre Dame on Jan. 16, 2017. Jaime Nared’s jumper in the closing seconds lifted Tennessee to a 71-69 victory.

Notre Dame turns the tide

Aside from that 2017 consequence, the Irish have dominated the series recently. Tennessee potential customers the all-time series 21-7, and at one point was 20- against the Irish. Given that then, the Irish have gone 7-1 against the Lady Vols.

The star backs it up

Arike Ogunbowale turned pretty much an right away sensation immediately after she was the hero in the Irish’s NCAA match wins more than UConn and Mississippi Point out en route to the national championship.

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She backed up the hype this time and enters Thursday averaging 21.5 points and 4.6 rebounds.

Honoring Pat carries on

Thursday’s match will be Tennessee’s 2nd of the 7 days below the “We Back again Pat” banner. Lovers are encouraged to use a “We Back again Pat” shirt to the match. The shirts are out there at the Vol Shop. Shopping for a shirt yields a discounted match ticket.

Checks totaling $102,779 had been presented to Summitt’s basis as component of Monday night’s festivities to deliver consciousness to previous Tennessee coach Pat Summitt and the struggle against Alzheimer’s sickness. A verify will be presented from the basis to the Pat Summitt Clinic and UT Medical Center in the course of the first quarter of Thursday’s match.