Nashville – After a hard-fought game with Auburn the Lady Vols did what they couldn’t do last year and won their first game in the SEC tournament.
It was not an easy victory however, as the Lady Vols trailed at the end of the first half 38-35. Auburn would not go quietly into the night in the second half as it took a late three pointer from Rennia Davis to clinch it for Tennessee.
Unfortunately, the Lady Vols did not escape what everyone knew would be a physical game unscathed.
Jaime Nared went down in the 4th quarter with what seemed to be a hip injury. She tried to re-enter the game and did score a basket, but was in obvious pain and pulled herself for the remainder of the game.
She seemed to be ok and should be good to go for the game tomorrow night, though she may not be 100 percent.
The Gamecocks, however, are still unsure whether they will have star forward and SEC player of the year A’ja Wilson back for the game after experiencing a bout of vertigo.
If she cannot play this will be the third time the teams face off this season and the third time they do it without Wilson’s participation.
She was held out of the first game due to a foot injury and game two due to the vertigo flare up.
If she cannot go on Friday it would once again be a huge boost for the Lady Vols due to the mismatches it creates down low for Mercedes Russell. As well as the ability for players like Nared, Anastasia Hayes, Evina Westbrook, and Davis to drive to the hoop.
Russell had 16 points and 12 rebounds in both games against the Gamecocks earlier this year.