Loss in NCAA tourney motivates Lady Vols' Simmons

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee guard Meighan Simmons still has the occasional restless night when she thinks about how her junior season ended.

She finds herself awake at odd hours remembering what went wrong in an 86-78 Oklahoma City Regional final loss to Louisville that kept the Lady Vols out of the Final Four. Rather than trying to get back to sleep, she jumps out of bed and goes to the gym to work on her game.

Simmons doesn't want to leave Tennessee without reaching the Final Four, which has eluded her thus far. When she discusses her hopes for her final season with Tennessee, the Lady Vols' lone senior doesn't mention individual goals and simply says that "I plan to be a national champion."


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