The record and stats tell you this is another dominant Tennessee women's basketball team. A 75-63 victory over Ole Miss tells you something else.
The Lady Vols became the 14th team in school history to lose two or fewer games during the regular season. In conference games, they lead the SEC in just about every significant category: scoring, scoring defense, field-goal percentage, field-goal percentage defense, assists, rebounding and blocked shots.
But that statistical superiority didn't overwhelm the Rebels, who forged a 50-50 tie with 12:37 to play before faltering down the stretch Sunday at Thompson-Boling Arena.
Their challenge wasn't a fluke. Earlier this month, UT needed a last-second shot to defeat Ole Miss in Oxford.
The Rebels have posed more than a threat. They have provided a preview of the kind of team that could wreck UT's post-season venture.
Ole Miss has the quickness and perimeter shooting to counter UT's size. The advantage was underscored whenever Bianca Thomas struck from 3-point range or beat the Lady Vols off the dribble.
Not everybody has a player the caliber of Thomas, who leads the SEC in scoring. But quick teams who can hit 3-pointers and play aggravating defense could cause problems for the Lady Vols in the SEC and NCAA tournaments.
"I think all teams are vulnerable in some area," Ole Miss coach Renee Ladner said. "We have speed. We have quickness. We have good shooters.
"We're a little weak in the rebound department."
They also couldn't match UT's depth of talent, and - like almost everyone else in the regular season - struggled at times against UT's tall front line.
But Ole Miss more than matched UT's intensity. And that's what troubled Summitt the most Sunday.
Her post-game response supported her body language. This win didn't warrant a celebration.
"Do I look like I'm happy?" Summitt said. "Do I sound like I'm happy?"
The last victory of the regular season was hardly the first that didn't get an endorsement from Summitt. She understands better than anyone that winning in the post-season isn't all about minimizing your weaknesses and maximizing your strengths. It's just as much about grasping the crucial nature of every possession.
She has often questioned her team's ability to comprehend that concept.
"When a team is on a mission, you can see it," Summitt said. "You can feel it. It's obvious."
With a couple of exceptions, it was obviously missing Sunday.
Shekinna Stricklen was outstanding, hitting 10 of 13 field-goal tries and scoring 23 points. Alicia Manning continued her exemplary all-around play with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Manning has led the Lady Vols in rebounding over the last five games. Her versatility is indicative of a team that excels in many areas.
Kelley Cain leads the SEC in blocked shots and field-goal percentage. Angie Bjorklund leads the conference in 3-point shooting.
But those numbers, like all of UT's dazzling statistics, are based on the regular season. One bad game can overshadow a season's worth of statistics in March.
So can a bad habit.
"Habits are hard to break - good or bad," Summitt said. "We are what we repeatedly do."
And whatever you do is magnified in the post-season.
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