'Grateful' Lady Vols look to avoid early tourney exit

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee is breathing a sigh of relief after receiving one of the last at-large spots in this year's women's NCAA Tournament to remain the only school to play in every tourney in the event's 38-year history.

Now that they're in, the Lady Vols are looking to avoid an early exit.

That could be a challenge for Tennessee, which has the worst RPI of any team to earn an at-large berth this year. At one point, the Lady Vols were ranked in the top 10 before struggling through the second half of the season.


AP Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Baylor31-1
2 Connecticut31-2
3 Notre Dame30-3
4 Mississippi State30-2
5 Louisville29-3
6 Stanford28-4
7 Oregon29-4
8 Iowa26-6
9 Maryland28-4
10 North Carolina State26-5
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RPI Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Notre Dame30-3
2 Baylor31-1
3 Louisville29-3
4 Stanford28-4
5 Oregon29-4
6 Connecticut31-2
7 Iowa26-6
8 Mississippi State30-2
9 North Carolina State26-5
10 Syracuse24-8
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