BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) - Tennessee's title defense ended sooner than expected, wrapping up the worst season ever for Pat Summitt's vaunted program.
Ball State stunned the 2-time defending national champions 71-55 in the opening round of the NCAA tournament on Sunday night, snapping 1 of the more remarkable streaks in college basketball history.
The Lady Volunteers (22-11) had never lost on the opening weekend of the tournament, going 42-0 through the years.
Tennessee also became the first defending champ to lose in the first round of the women's tourney. Old Dominion won the title in 1985 and failed to make the tournament the following year.
The 12th-seeded Cardinals (26-8), who were making their NCAA debut, will play Iowa State in the second round on Tuesday.
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