For the Lady Vols, the start of SEC play has been far from perfect.

To open the conference schedule, the Lady Vols dropped an 80-77 decision to the LSU Tigers on Jan. 2, snapping a 16-game winning streak in SEC openers.

They followed that up by building a lead as large as 28 against Georgia on Jan. 5 before allowing the Bulldogs to go on a 21-0 run late in the second half that brought the game within six.

While UT was able to pull away at the end and escape with a victory, their "bounce back" game didn't go as planned, even though the team was able to come away with an important lesson.

"We definitely got lax," junior center Isabelle Harrison said. "We saw the lead so I guess we were all just waiting for the time to expire, but you never know who's going to come back and no team is going to quit playing us just because they're down.

"So that game gave us a lesson that we can't take any team for granted, so I'm honestly glad it happened so it won't happen in the future."

Cue the Ole Miss Rebels, the Lady Vols next SEC opponent and another opportunity to get back on track in a season filled with high expectations.

Tennessee will look to take advantage of the opportunity by focusing more on the defensive end and paying closer attention to their coaches' scouting reports.

"With all the teams in our conference, we need to pay attention to their strengths and when it comes to scouting reports, we can't take those lightly," Harrison said. "We can't give people season-highs in games.

"We have to really get down on defense and really make that our pride, and I think that will make the difference for this whole season."

When the Lady Vols check their scouting report on the Rebels, they'll see a glaring need to take better care of the basketball.

Ole Miss forces 16.5 turnovers a game, a category that Tennessee has committed 40 of in its previous two games.

"I was okay with a lot of them because some of them were in transition or we were attacking," Lady Vol Head Coach Holly Warlick said about the abundance of turnovers in their last couple of games. "I think we'll just continue to work on them in practice. It does concern me, but I thought a lot of them were what we were wanting to do, such as get the ball inside and attack in transition, so those are things we have to keep working on to get better at."