The Tennessee Lady Vols were looking to make their way into the Sweet 16 today in San Antonio, tasked with beating the 6th-seeded Michigan Wolverines. Unfortunately for Kellie Harper, her first NCAA Tournament appearance with Tennessee as the head coach ended in disappointment.
The Lady Vols were bounced out of the big dance this evening, losing to Michigan to the tune of 70-55.
Michigan established control of the game late in the second quarter, and maintained that lead all the way through the second half. The Wolverines did their damage on the defensive end, limiting Reinna Davis to just 12 points on 4-17 shooting. Rae Burrell was held to 11 points on 4-8 shooting. That duo scored just four points in the first half, putting Tennessee in a hole to start the third quarter.
In total, the Lady Vols shot just 34 percent from the field, missing on a whopping 17 layups. Tennessee also shot 2-13 from three-point range, with their first make coming with under eight minutes remaining in the game. 16 turnovers leading to 19 points for Michigan didn’t help the matter.
Jordan Walker finished 2-9 from the floor, while Jordan Horston finished 4-12.
Leigha Brown led the way for Michigan, scoring 23 points and going a perfect 11-11 from the free throw stripe. Star forward Naz Hillmon registered 19 points of her own, shooting 8-15 from the floor.
Tennessee wraps up the season with a 17-8 mark overall. Michigan will advance to take on the winner of Baylor vs. Virginia Tech.