The Tennessee Lady Volunteers will travel to Nashville, Tenn. Mar. 1-4 to compete in the SEC Women’s Basketball Championship.
The SEC Tournament is being held at Bridgestone Arena for the second consecutive year where the Lady Vols will be going for their third straight championship.
“I feel great about it,” said senior Shikinna Stricklen. “Feel like we had the home court advantage with our fans. “
After a grueling SEC season, all 12 teams meet in the tournament to battle for the championship. The winner gets an automatic bid in the NCAA Tournament in mid March.
With Tennessee more than likely securing a first round bye, they will play on Friday against a winner from day one.
Travelling to a city for a tournament style bracket can be exciting for teams, and sometimes look focus on the real goal. Tennessee co-head coach Holly Warlick stated them keep their team isolated and focused on the games.
Bridgestone Arena is home to the Nashville Predators, but will be converted into a basketball gym for fifth time in its history. The arena holds up to 20,000 fans in basketball events.
“It’s always fun to come out when they have that many people watching,” Warlick said. “I know our players and coaches appreciate it and a fun atmosphere great for a SEC tournament.”
The SEC tournament brings many challenges to the Lady Vols. They potentially could face up to three straight games in three days.
“You first couple games you understand the importance of substitution and a strong bench,” Warlick said.
The Lady Vols wrapped up SEC regular season play Sunday with a home win against Florida. The Vols will play at 3:30 ET in Nashville against the winner of Vanderbilt and Mississippi St.