South Carolina Gamecocks

Lady Vols seniors Nared, Russell enjoy leading young roster

Tennessee struggled through a recent sluggish first-half performance when senior Jaime Nared suggested teammates who weren't playing hard should get benched.

Her blunt comment had the intended effect. Tennessee turned a four-point halftime lead over Florida into a 70-42 blowout victory Thursday. That's just the latest example of how Nared and senior Mercedes Russell are leading a team relying heavily on freshmen .

"It wasn't anything in particular with anybody personally," Nared said. "We just needed to play the way we were capable of playing."

Nared and Russell will play their final regular-season home game along with reserve Kortney Dunbar on...