David Hooper of SB Nation’s Tennessee site Rocky Top Talk writes that it was the Lady Vols’ interior play that ended up earning them an 86-77 win over the Texas A&M;Aggies, highlighting some impressive rebounding numbers.
Like the LSU game, Tennessee owes the victory to fantastic interior play…they placed A&M;’s interior rotation in deep foul trouble, with Mitchell picking up four in the first half (!!!), and both Gilbert and Ade limping along with 4 fouls throughout the end game. Tennessee ended with 17 offensive rebounds – nearly as many as A&M;’s 20 defensive boards – to finish with 48 total boards on the night. Just like LSU, early rebounding saved Tennessee early, as very sharp shooting led the Aggies to an early double digit lead while Tennessee struggled from the field.
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