Tennessee Lady Vols Beat LSU 77-58 for Fourth Straight Win: 3 Takeaways

The Tennessee Lady Vols beat the LSU Tigers 77-58 Thursday night. Here are three takeaways from the women’s basketball Volunteers’ victory.

Holly Warlick’s team was actually able to follow up a huge win with another win over a solid team three days later. That alone is a story for this Tennessee Lady Vols team.

The Volunteers beat the LSU Tigers 77-58 thanks to a dominant fourth quarter.

They controlled the whole game but outscored LSU 21-11 in the fourth to make it a blowout win. With the victory, Tennessee improves to 15-7 on the year and 6-3 in the SEC, while Nikki Fargas’s Tigers fall to 15-7 on the year and 4-5 in the SEC.

With an amazing win following up a solid win, the Lady Vols are very close to finally re-entering the Top 25. And they could soon crack the Top 10 of the RPI.

Here are three takeaways from the Tennessee Lady Vols’ win over the Tigers.

1. Lack of depth is becoming irrelevant. 

All year long, we hounded Holly Warlick for her insistence that she only needed seven players. However, it’s somehow working out right now. After all, the Tennessee Lady Vols won this game by dominating in the fourth quarter.

And on Monday they went toe-to-toe with the South Carolina Gamecocks using seven guys. Perhaps it wasn’t the depth after all. So what was the reason for the Lady Vols struggling? Well, it could go to our next point.

2. Jaime Nared continues to turn into a superstar.

Where the heck did this come from? Jaime Nared was a solid player who took a big leap this year, but over the last four games she has asserted herself and created a big three alongside Diamond DeShields and Mercedes Russell.

Nared followed up her epic performance against the South Carolina Gamecocks and her player of the week honors with a 26-point performance on 9-of-10 shooting. Yes, you read that right. She was 9-of-10, with here only miss coming from beyond the three-point line. Meanwhile, she added 10 rebounds. So this woman is red-hot right now, and it’s showing that the Lady Vols’ play can be explained by Nared’s play. And with her play, it leads us to another point.

3. Consistency is finally becoming a thing.

Throughout the entire year, Holly Warlick’s team has been following up big wins with bad losses. And it’s not like they were young like the men. You just couldn’t figure out when this Jekyll and Hyde team would show up.

However, over the last four games, they have beaten two of the worst teams in the SEC, one of the best teams in the SEC, and a middle of the road team in the SEC. And they blew out that middle of the road team. So finally, the Tennessee Lady Vols look like they could be become the Lady Vols of old.

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