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Lady Vols come alive to bury Missouri in SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament; Kentucky up next

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Wildcats up next.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: DEC 08 Women’s Texas at Tennessee Photo by Bryan Lynn/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Things were dicey in Greenville for the Tennessee Lady Vols — until they weren’t. A one time 13 point lead for the Missouri tigers was erased in the third quarter. Then a 15-0 run to close the third quarter gave Tennessee all they needed to close out the Tigers.

After a sleepy start, the Lady Vols woke up and took care of business. The win was a must with Tennessee sitting on the NCAA Tournament bubble. While they aren’t exactly a lock to get in after beating a 9-22 Missouri team, you could make the argument that a loss there could have taken them out of the field entirely.

In the win, Rae Burrell scored 16 points and Rennia Davis scored 15 points while adding nine rebounds. Tennessee outscored Missouri 23-6 in that pivotal third quarter.

With the victory, the Lady Vols move on to face the Kentucky Wildcats tonight in the third round of the SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament. Kentucky, the 16th ranked team in the country, earned the No. 3 seed in the bracket. Tennessee dropped their only meeting with Kentucky at the beginning of SEC play, 80-76.

The Lady Vols and Wildcats will tip-off at 8 p.m. ET in Greenville, live on SEC Network.