KNOXVILLE, TENN. – Tennessee winning at home had become a women's NCAA basketball tournament lock.
But the tradition-rich program saw its remarkable streak finally come to an end Sunday.
The Lady Vols lost for the first time at home in NCAA tournament history when sixth-seeded Oregon State defeated third-seeded Tennessee 66-59 in the second round in front of a crowd of 4,338 at Thompson-Boling Arena.
Tennessee had been 57-0 at home with most of those victories coming under late Hall of Fame coach Pat Summitt, who led the program to eight national championships. It's the second consecutive season that Tennessee lost in the second round of the NCAAs and will miss the Sweet 16 in back-to-back seasons for the first time in the program's 37-year tournament history.
"You come here wanting to win championships and the expectations are extremely high. Sometimes the things thrown at these kids are unfair," Tennessee coach Holly Warlick said. "They come wanting to learn and get better and just play the game. They get criticized quite a bit."
Mercedes Russell finished with 21 points and 14 rebounds in the final game of her Tennessee career. Fellow senior Jaime Nared scored nine points.