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Lady Vols Fall In Feb. 7 AP Poll

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After dropping back-to-back games for the first time all season, Tennessee’s women’s basketball team fell from No. 7 to No. 13 in this week’s AP poll.

The Lady Vols played three games on the week, earning a come from behind, overtime win over Arkansas before suffering blowout losses at Florida and UConn.

Tennessee entered the week with just two losses on the season — both in competitive games. In back-to-back road trips, the Lady Vols got beat by 25 and 19-points. After winning 18 of its first 19 games this season, Tennessee has lost three of its last four games.

Backup center Keyen Green’s season ending knee injury has clearly had a negative affect on the Lady Vols, but it is far from Tennessee’s only issues. Like it has at points this season, the Lady Vols’ offense has gone stagnant. Combine that with defensive breakdowns and you get consecutive blowout losses.

Tennessee has fallen nine spots from No. 4 to No. 13 in the AP poll in the last two weeks. The Lady Vols’ ranking is their first time out of the top 10 since the Nov. 30 poll and the lowest they’ve been ranked since the Nov. 15 poll — the second poll of the season.

Despite the poor week, Tennessee is still the SEC’s second highest ranked team in this week’s poll. The Lady Vols come in behind No. 1 South Carolina and ahead of No. 14 LSU, No. 17 Georgia and No. 19 Florida.

After playing four of its last five games on the road, Tennessee returns to Thompson-Boling Arena for a two-game home stand. The Lady Vols face Missouri and Thursday and instate rival Vanderbilt on Sunday.

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