When the Lady Vols last met up with LSU earlier this season on Jan. 2, the Tigers played the spoiler role on Candace Parker's jersey retirement night.

Despite staging a late run in the final four minutes of the game, Tennessee couldn't erase a 16-point deficit as they fell 80-77 in their first SEC game of the season.

The win for the team from Baton Rouge, La., helped propel them to a No. 12 ranking in the country at the time.

However, when No. 10 Tennessee (22-5, 11-3 SEC) meets up with the Lady Tigers at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center on Thursday night, they will see a team that has cooled off drastically, especially in the month of February.

LSU (18-9, 7-7) has lost four straight conference matchups and five of six in the month and now find themselves out of the Top 25 rankings for the first time all season.

"Nikki (Caldwell) will have them ready," UT head coach Holly Warlick said. "I've watched some of the games in which they've gotten beat, and they were in the game, it just kind of slipped away. It's their senior night, and I expect a hard fought game."

One of the differences in the team, which will still make the NCAA Women's Tournament most likely, is their play on the offensive end.

Through their first 17 games on the season, LSU scored over 80 points on seven different occasions, but they have only managed to score over 70 twice in their past ten games.

When they came out victorious in Knoxville on Jan. 2, they shot well from 3-point range, knocking down 6-of-12 from behind the arc. Their hot hand has gone lukewarm this month, however, as they have shot under the 40 percent mark three times and are just 20-for-77 (.260) from downtown.

Even though the Lady Tigers haven't been playing their best basketball of late, the Lady Vols realize they still have their work cut out for them if they want to spoil their opponent's big night and find revenge.

"I think we just have to come out and play Tennessee basketball like we've been doing," senior guard Meighan Simmons said. "We have to come out with a lot of energy. We are playing at their home and they have great fans just as much as we do, so we just have to go out there and play hard."

The play of Simmons will be key, as the Lady Vols aim to win their ninth game in their last ten conference play contests.

The lone senior leads her team in scoring with 15.7 points per game and has scored over 20 points in seven of her last ten contests.

"Right now as a senior, I think she's playing a complete game," Warlick said. "I know how much this program means to her, and I think her teammates understand that too. I think they rally around her."

A win for the Lady Vols also keep their chances alive of possibly hosting South Carolina in the last game of the regular season for a shot at the SEC regular season crown.

"This team has changed a ton," redshirt freshman point guard Andraya Carter said about her team since they last faced LSU. "We play hard. We have started working together and peaking. We have been just building since the LSU game. We have been learning from our losses.

"We are a completely different team."

There will also be extra motivation for Tennessee come tip-off time, set for 8:05 p.m., as they will try to avoid being swept by the Tigers in their home/away matchup this season. Only once in the history of the program has a team accomplished that feat against UT.

"That energy we had during the final few minutes of the game (in January) is what we are going to focus on more," Carter said. "We want more energy, attitude and heart."