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Tennessee loses three in a row for the first time in 33 years

NEW YORK (AP) – In Tennessee, three of these incredible series ended this week when Lady Vols (13th place) lost for the first time in 33 years in three games.

For the first time in school history, they lost three games of the Southeastern Conference. The team, which had not lost a total of three consecutive goals since 1986, was not far from winning all these games – losing eight points overall. Tennessee lost to Missouri 66-64 on 6 January. The Lady Vols dropped to Kentucky 73-71 on Thursday before losing to Georgia 66-62 on Sunday. The first two games were at home. For the first time since December 1996, they lost consecutive home games.

The Lady Vols brought 17 points in the first half against Georgia.

"A story of two halves," said Tennessee coach Holly Warlick. "Hey, Georgia was harder in the second half than us, harder on the track."

Tennessee will have the chance to finish his current skid on Thursday in Alabama.

Not even UConn can say that there was such a long series without three losses. The Huskies have had an amazing series of consecutive games since the end of the 1993 season. At the beginning of the year, the team lost three in a row.

Did you SAY THAT ?: Fran Belibi is still in high school, but the Stanford Senior has already become viral.

Belibi dipped a one-handed lane on the break an assist from sophomore Avery Vansickle. The star of Regis Jesuit in Aurora, Colorado, had 23 points and 23 rebounds in the game, in which the team won 90-14.

KOBE: Former Lakers star Kobe Bryant attended the women's basketball game in Oregon-Southern Cal on Friday night. He brought his eldest daughter Gianna to the game and sat down opposite the duck bank. Bryant came into the dressing room after the game and spoke to the team.

"I was so impressed that I do not remember," said a nervous Ruthy Hebard on Sunday after Oregon defeated UCLA 72-52 for his eighth win in a row. "We were all crazy."

Satou Sabally, a recruited Bryant fan, had a little more clarity.

"It was one of the best days of my life," she said with a smile. "He complimented my game."

HALL OF FAME: Former Tennessee women's sports director Joan Cronan and four-time All-Star star Ticha Penicheiro from WNBA are among 12 finalists in Thursday's women's basketball Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame will release its official 2019 class on February 4th. The class will be launched on June 8th. Finalists include: Cronan, Penicheiro, former CEO of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association, Beth Bass, former Delta State Guard Debbie Brock, first NCAA Division I Nora Lynn Finch, chairwoman of the Women's Basketball Committee, former coach Lucille Kyvallos Former Notre Dame and WNBA center Ruth Riley, former Wayland Baptist Flying Queens star Carolyn Busch Roddy, former Western Kentucky coach Paul Sanderford, former high school and Division II College coach, Bob Schneider, Former Kentucky star Valerie Still and former longtime Stanford coach Amy Tucker.

1 VS. 2: Notre Dame defeated No. 2 in Louisville on Thursday, marking the 59th time AP's two best teams met. The No. 1 teams have a lead of 37-22. It was also the first time that UConn had not been involved in the game since 2012. For the first time, it was a conference game since February 8, 2007, when Duke No. 1 defeated second place in North Carolina.

KEEP THIS TIGER !: It was a great week for the Clemson Women's Basketball Program. The Tigers defeated for the first time since 2012, an AP Top 25 team and finished Sunday 22nd place in the state of Florida. It ended an 18-game defeat against the Seminoles. Clemson also won in Miami on Thursday. This was the first time that the team had defeated the hurricanes on the road since 2009. The Tigers have their best start in the conference game since the 1997/98 season, when they opened the ACC game 4-0.

STAT STUFFER: Tiana Mangakahia had her first three-time double on Sunday in Syracuse's 90-77 win over North Carolina. She had 34 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists and only two turnovers in 36 minutes. It was the first triple double in the program history. Mangakahia did not manage to win against Miami for one final season and make a rebound. It was the first triple-double at school since Cornelia Fondren scored 12 points, 10 rebounds and 10 steals against Howard on December 30, 2015.

TIP-INS: With eleven helpers at Georgia Tech, Redshirt freshman Mikayla Boykin has tied a Duke rookie record. It was the most support of a Blue Devil rookie since February 2, 1980, when Patti Thomasson also had 11 against the Appalachian State. A Duke rookie has distributed seven times more than ten assistants in school history. Other rookies who did the trick were Thomasson, Alexis Jones, Abby Waner, Wanisha Smith and Krista Gingrich. The eleven assists will be most driven by an ACC novice this season. … Towson is 4-0 in the Colonial Athletic Association for the first time since the 2007-08 season. The Tigers are on par with James Madison with 4: 0 for the second consecutive year in the standings. … Boston College won two direct ACC street games (at Pitt and Wake Forest) for the first time since 2014/15. The Eagles are 13: 4, the most victories since 2015/16, when they won 15 games. … Oregon Guard Sabrina Ionescu became the school's leadership assistant in the victory over USC. She passed Lauri Landerholm when she received her 609th career assistant on Friday. UNLV's Nikki Wheatley scored 28 points against New Mexico to take the rebels to victory last week. The win secured a Lobo 11 winning streak as their two places shot to # 20 in the UNLV's career with 1,148 points, overtaking Jamie Smith (1,122) and Merlelynn Lange (1,129).

PUTTING UP POINTS: Arizona Redshirt High School Aari McDonald was the first Pac-12 player since Kelsey Plum, who scored at least 30 points in three straight games after winning 36 on Friday at No. 36. Had achieved 24 cal. Their series ended on Sunday against no. 6 Stanford, but she's the first Arizona player to have scored at least 15 points in the first 16 games of the season. On Sunday, McDonald was the nation's leading scorer.

WHAT IS AN ARM !: Rick Lefebvre, coach and coach of North Texas, has met a full jurisdiction last week. The Twitter of the school posted video of the amazing recording ,

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AP Sports Writer Beth Harris contributed to this story.

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