Lady Vols need big season from 6-foot-6 Mercedes Russell

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee's Mercedes Russell wants to build on the momentum she established in the NCAA Tournament and meet the considerable expectations that surrounded the 6-foot-6 junior since her arrival on campus.

Russell averaged a double-double in the tournament and had a 25-point, 15-rebound performance in a regional semifinal victory over Ohio State. She delivered the production many Lady Volunteers fans anticipated from Russell when multiple recruiting services rated her the nation's No. 1 overall prospect in the class of 2013.

"It definitely helped my confidence, I would say, in a lot of ways," said Russell, of Springfield, Oregon.


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