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No. 18 Lady Vols backsliding, season began with high hopes

In a season that began with Tennessee looking to reclaim its status as one of the nation's elite women's basketball teams, the Lady Volunteers instead are going backward.

Tennessee is in danger of its first three-game losing streak in three decades.

A third straight loss could knock the 18th-ranked Lady Vols out of the Top 25 for the first time since February 1985. An unranked Lady Vols team, under .500 in Southeastern Conference play — that would raise eyebrows among women's basketball fans.

"We're hearing a lot of negativity from our fans and from people," Tennessee coach Holly Warlick said Monday after a 79-66 loss at No. 3 Notre Dame. "Hey,...