Lady Vols prepare for the SEC tournament

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The SEC Tournament’s first and second round games on Thursday and Friday will air on SportSouth, Fox Sports Southwest and Sun Sports (in Florida).

Saturday’s games will be on ESPNU, while Sunday’s championship contest will air on ESPN2. The top-seeded Lady Vols (28-2, 16-0 SEC) open play in the 2011 SEC Tournament at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Friday at Noon CT (SportSouth).

Tennessee will take on the winner of No. 8 seeded Florida (17-13, 7-9 SEC) and No. 9 seeded Arkansas (18-10, 6-10 SEC) who play in opening round action on Thursday at Noon CT.

Heading into the SEC tournament Glory Johnson was named SEC player of the week:

Lady Vol junior forward Glory Johnson was named the SEC Women's Basketball Player of the Week for the fourth time this season on Monday.

She is the only player to have been selected for the top SEC honor more than twice in the 2010-11 season.

In three wins last week, Johnson continued to shine for the Lady Vols turning in 14.0 ppg and 11.3 rpg in victories over #22 Georgia, at Ole Miss and LSU to conclude the regular season. In continuing to lead the Lady Vols in league play, Johnson averaged a double-double in SEC play with 13.7 ppg and 10.3 rpg. She?s the first Lady Vol since Candace Parker in 2006-07 to perform that feat in conference play.

Against Georgia, Johnson became the 36th Lady Vol to score 1,000 career points on a free throw at the 13:26 mark in the second half. She finished with nine points and ripped down 9 rebounds.

At Ole Miss in the rain shortened game, the Knoxville, Tenn., native made her first six shots and first four free throws. She finished with 18 points (on 7-of-10 shooting), nine boards, three assists and four steals. Johnson scored or assisted on the Lady Vols? first nine points, making a jumper in the lane and dishing assists on three other buckets. UT opened the game on a 9-0 run. At the 7:20 mark in the second half, Johnson grabbed a steal and attempted a dunk for the second time this season, but missed as it rimmed out.

In the regular season finale against LSU, Johnson coupled solid offense with aggressive defense and secured her 10th double-double of the season and 20th of her career with 15 points and 16 boards as well as two blocks against LSU.

She is the only player in the conference to capture the POW award four times this season. Johnson previously earned the honor this season on Nov. 29, Jan. 3 and Jan. 31.

The top-seeded Lady Vols (28-2, 16-0 SEC) open play in the 2011 SEC Tournament at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., on Fri., Mar. 4 at noon CT (SportSouth). Tennessee will take on the winner of no. 8 seeded Florida (17-13, 7-9 SEC0 and no. 9 seeded Arkansas (18-10, 6-10 SEC) who play in opening round action on Mar. 3.

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