Lady Vols win, will be No. 3 seed for SEC tourney

Knoxville News Sentinel photo by Saul Young via SEC / Tennessee's Rennia Davis, left, gets the rebound over Auburn's Alaina Rice during the regular-season finale for both teams Sunday in Knoxville.

KNOXVILLE - Rennia Davis scored 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as No. 20 Tennessee rolled to an 88-54 win over Auburn on Sunday, clinching the No. 3 seed in the Southeastern Conference women's basketball tournament that starts Wednesday in Greenville, South Carolina.

Fellow senior Kasiyahna Kushkituah added a career-high 19 points for the Lady Volunteers (15-6, 9-4), who as a top-four seed won't have to play on the first two days of the tourney. Tennessee will play the final game of the day Friday, taking on either Arkansas or Ole Miss.

Rae Burrell scored 14 points, Jordan Horston added 12 with nine assists and Tamari Key had 10 with 10 rebounds for Tennessee, which has its best seed for the SEC bracket since being No. 2 in 2015.

Alaina Rice scored 11 points and Unique Thompson and Alycia Reese 10 each for the Tigers (5-18, 0-15), who enter the tournament with a 15-game losing streak.

Davis made two free throws with just less than two minutes left in the first quarter to start a 14-0 run. She had the first nine points of the second quarter, with her three-point play at the 6:41 mark making it 26-8.

With the first basket of the second half, Auburn was within eight, but Burrell had 10 points in the third quarter and the Lady Vols turned the game into a blowout.