Wildcats reach new low in loss to Lady Vols

By BRIAN RICKERD State Journal Sports Writer Published:

LEXINGTON - It can't get much lower than this for University of Kentucky women's basketball, and in all likelihood, it won't.

The third-ranked Tennessee Lady Vols came to Memorial Coliseum Sunday afternoon and put on a sleep-walking exhibition, but still beat Kentucky 84-69 in front of a partisan Tennessee crowd.

The Lady Vols have the talent to name the score against a team like the Wildcats, and Sunday's result was simply the score they chose.

"We played well enough to win," Tennessee coach Pat Summitt said after her team improved to 26-3 overall and completed a remarkable unbeaten regular season in the SEC at 14-0. "I told our players we missed an opportunity to bring a different level of intensity and a different level of play.

"I don't think, with the number of points we gave up and as much as we fouled today, that our team brought the intensity that we've played with of late on the defensive end."

Summitt wasn't rubbing it on the Wildcats. Believe me, she was being kind.

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