Lady Vols ready for toughest stretch of season

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Now that Tennessee has made a case that it won't go backward in the post-Pat Summitt era, the 13th-ranked Lady Vols have a chance to deliver an even bigger statement.

Tennessee (6-1) carries a six-game winning streak into the toughest portion of its schedule. The Lady Vols play at No. 18 Texas on Sunday, visit No. 3 Baylor on Tuesday and return home to face top-ranked Stanford on Dec. 22.

The next three games will be a stiff challenge for Tennessee and its quest to once again be one of the nation's elite teams under new coach Holly Warlick.

Sunday will mark Tennessee's first game since a 102-57 blowout of North Carolina on Dec. 2. That 13-day layoff represents the Lady Vols' longest break during a season since 2008-09.