by Dan Harralson
The Lady Vols entered the last leg of the regular season as they reached February on the schedule. The Lady Vols entered the first game in February in fifth place in the SEC standings at 5-3 and with a 17-4 overall record while ranked No. 12 nationally.
The first contest this month was hosting No. 14 Texas A&M who gave the Lady Vols their first loss of the season January 11. The matchup was important for Tennessee to bounce back following losing four of their last six games.
Tennessee prevailed 82-67 in a tough contest during the first half as the Lady Vols led 45-41 at halftime. A total team effort helped secure victory in the second half. Jaime Nared led Tennessee in points with 23 and five Lady Vol players scored in double figures.
UT head coach Holly Warlick said post-game that the performance was completely different from their last outing in a defeat at LSU, 70-59. Warlick said she liked the intensity from her team, noting the play of her players going after loose balls and doing anything possible to turn their performance around.
The intensity is what help separate Tennessee away from Texas A&M in the second half. The Lady Vols forced 12 turnovers in the second half and did not allow the Aggies to score on a field goal over the final 3:21 of the game.
Next up for UT is an in-state road trip to Nashville to take on Vanderbilt Sunday at 2 p.m. ET on ESPNU.