Tennessee’s support as the No. 1 team in women’s basketball is growing.
The Lady Vols (8-0) led The Associated Press poll by an even-wider margin over No. 2 Duke, receiving 31 of 45 first-place votes from a national media panel and finishing with 1,109 points.
Duke (7-0) had 12 first-place votes and trailed Tennessee by 21 points. A week ago, Tennessee had a 26-18 edge in first-place votes and a 13-point lead.
LSU (4-0), which will play Tennessee in Knoxville on Feb. 9, remained third with two first-place votes and 1,014 points.
Sellout: Tennessee has helped Notre Dame achieve the earliest sellout in program history in the 11,418-seat Joyce Center when the teams play Jan. 31. The sellout will be the third in Notre Dame history. The other two, versus Connecticut and a senior night game against Georgetown, came during the school’s national championship season of 2000-01.
Fuller Update: Tennessee redshirt freshman forward Alex Fuller returned to practice after being sidelined since last week while recovering from a strained right hip flexor. Regarding Fuller, UT coach Pat Summitt told Lady Vols athletic trainer Jenny Moshak: "If she limps, she’s out of practice.’’ That wasn’t the case on Monday. "She looked good,’’ Summitt said. "She has spring in her legs now."