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Stunned No. 20 Lady Vols need to regroup quickly

By STEVE MEGARGEE
AP Sports Writer

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - In Tennessee's first season without Pat Summitt, the Lady Vols soon could drop out of the Top 25 for the first time in over a quarter-century.

The No. 20 Lady Vols began the post-Summitt era Friday with a stunning 80-71 loss at Chattanooga. Now they don't have much time to recover from their first season-opening loss since 1999, as they continue their road trip Sunday at No. 22 Georgia Tech.

A loss to the Yellow Jackets likely would drop the Lady Vols out of the Top 25 for the first time since February 1985.

Summitt, who announced last year she had early-onset dementia, stepped down in April after winning eight national titles in 38 seasons. She was succeeded by her longtime assistant Holly Warlick.

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