DULUTH, GA.- No. 15 Texas A&M put forth a strong effort in the SEC Tournament semifinals, but fell just short of advancing to the championship game with an 86-77 loss to No. 6 Tennessee Saturday afternoon.
Courtney Walker led Texas A&M with a career-high 26 points. Courtney Williams added 22, but the high-scoring sophomores were not enough to beat the Lady Vols.
Karla Gilbert set a Texas A&M record with her 59th block of the season, which broke Morenike Atrunase's school record for single season blocks. Jordan Jones moved into second on Texas A&M's single season assist list with 226, passing Sydney Colson's 2010-11 campaign. Jones needs five assists in the NCAA Tournament to tie the single season record.
Isabelle Harrison had 20 points and 13 rebounds to lead Tennessee (26-5). Meighan Simmons had 15 points and Bashaara Graves had 14 for Tennessee.
Texas A&M (24-8), the defending champion, led by 10 points in the first half but couldn't match Tennessee's inside game. The Lady Vols took a 48-26 advantage in rebounds and scored 50 points in the paint.
There were 11 ties, the last coming at 75 on a short jumper by Walker. The Lady Vols pulled ahead with seven straight points on baskets by Harrison and Graves and three free throws by Simmons.
Texas A&M's Jones, who had 12 points and 10 assists, ended the half with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer, pulling the Aggies to within 39-38.
There was a delay with 1 minute remaining when Texas A&M's Jones was knocked to the floor by an elbow.
College Station and Reed Arena host NCAA Tournament First and Second Round Games on Mar. 23-25. The Aggies are awaiting their seed in the NCAA Tournament.