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Tennessee women's basketball signee Mercedes Russell of Springfield, Ore., has been named the Gatorade National Girls Basketball Player of the Year.
The 6-foot-6 Russell received the award during a surprise ceremony at her school Wednesday morning. To read more about Russell and her award, please go to the link below.
Oregon Live: Mercedes Russell Named Gatorade National Player of the Year
On St. Patrick's Day, March 17, we wish Happy Birthday to women's basketball SEC Freshman of the Year Bashaara Graves.
Also celebrating All-SEC football player and probable NFL First-Round Draft Pick Cordarrelle Patterson.
From the archives, the Vols only three-time football All-American Bob Suffridge was born 97 years ago on March 17, 1916.
Basketball writer Mechelle Voepel of espnW assesses the job first-year Tennessee head coach Holly Warlick has done this season of leading the Lady Volunteers. After losing all five starters from 2011-12 and missing three starters this year for a combined 50+ games, Warlick still guided the Big Orange to an SEC regular-season championship at 14-2, a 24-7 overall record and a ranking in the nation's top 10 entering the upcoming NCAA tournament.
Voepel used the following pull-out quote from long-time Georgia head coach Andy Landers:
"What Holly [Warlick] did was incorporate some freshmen and some players who'd played totally different roles a year ago and made them a very, very good basketball team. ... Holly took what she had and basically rebuilt Tennessee this year into a Southeastern Conference champion."
To find out the answers to Voepel's questions of "How has Holly Warlick's first season gone as head coach of the Lady Vols?" and "Who's the boss?" please click on the link below.
-- espnW: Adjusting to life as a head coach
Tennessee has won the last three tournament titles and carries a nine-game league tournament win-streak heading into this year's event. Through the years, UT has amassed a 69-17 record in postseason league play while claiming 16 conference tournament crowns.
See what media had to say about the Lady Vols' yearly honors and this weekend's conference tournament.
SEC Tournament Previews
UTSports.com: Lady Vol Hoops Central
Knox News Sentinel: Holly Warlick says Isabelle Harrison 'doubtful' for SEC tournament
Inside Tennessee (subscription): Dean Lockwood: 'Humble and hungry'
espnW: Tennessee is No. 1 seed in SEC tourney
Clarksville Online: Clarksville's Bashaara Graves and Kamiko Williams prepare to lead UT Lady Vols in SEC Tournament Friday
Daily Beacon: Lady Vols chase conference tournament title
SEC Yearly Honors
Knox News Sentinel: SEC sweep for Lady Vols: Warlick (coach), Simmons (co-player), Graves (freshman)
Daily Beacon: Lady Vols honored, focused on SEC Tournament
Rocky Top Talk: Titles and Trophies: Tennessee Lady Vols Sweep POY, Coach of the Year
Chattanooga Times Free Press: Tradition transition: Tennessee Lady Vols' top spot earns Holly Warlick honor
The Lady Vol basketball team claimed its 17th SEC regular season title Thursday night at Thompson-Boling Arena with an 82-72 victory over Texas A&M. It is the first SEC regular season crown under head coach Holly Warlick. Senior Kamiko Williams led the squad with a career-high 18 points, while her fellow senior Taber Spani added eight as the duo won their third SEC regular season championship. The Lady Vols were picked to finish fourth by the media in the SEC preseason poll, and were tabbed to place fifth in the SEC coaches preseason poll.
Warlick has been a part of 16 of Tennessee's 17 regular season league championships. As a senior, she led UT to its first regular season title in school history in 1980. She has been involved with every championship since with the exception of 1985.
Check out highlights and the senior tribute from last night's game:
Also see what the media had to say about the Lady Vols' victory:
ESPN.com: No. 8 Tennessee 82, No. 13 Texas A&M 72
Associated Press: Lady Vols seal outright title
Knox News Sentinel: Lady Vols win SEC, but Ariel Massengale, Isabelle Harrison injured
Inside Tennessee (subscription): Lady Vols claim Warlick's first SEC title
Rocky Top Talk: SEC CHAMPIONS
UT Daily Beacon: Lady Vols clinch SEC title on Senior Night
Catchings will conduct a basketball clinic earlier that day at the Chattanooga Convention Center. The clinic is open to girls from any area middle school, high school, recreational league, Upward or AAU team. The first 300 registering receive FCA bags. Anyone interested in attending the free clinic must register by Friday, March 1, by calling 423-877-3561.
Catchings led the Indiana Fever to its first WNBA title last fall and was named the WNBA Finals MVP.
Times Free Press: Wiedmer: Catchings great catch for FCA