KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee guard Meighan Simmons wants to make sure her college career doesn't end where it started.
In her Lady Vols debut, Simmons scored 22 points to help Tennessee beat Louisville 63-50 in the inaugural regular-season game at the KFC Yum! Center. Simmons, the lone senior on Tennessee's roster, is heading back to that building for the Louisville Regional.
The top-seeded Lady Vols (29-5) face No. 4 seed Maryland (26-6) in a regional semifinal Sunday. The winner faces No. 3 seed Louisville (32-4) or No. 7 seed LSU (21-12) in Tuesday's regional championship.
This represents Simmons' last chance to reach the Final Four after each of her first three seasons at Tennessee ended in the regional finals. The Final Four's in Nashville, about a three-hour drive from Tennessee's campus.