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Morrilton native Shekinna Stricklen has 26 points as Tennessee beats LadyBacks

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Shekinna Stricklen matched her

career-high of 26 points to lift No. 5 Tennessee to a 72-53 win

over Arkansas on Sunday.

Stricklen, from Morrilton, Ark., matched her season high of 18

points in the first half to help the Lady Volunteers (21-2, 9-0

Southeastern Conference) win their 12th straight after an overtime

loss at Baylor on Dec. 14.

Tennessee led 39-27 at halftime, sparked by an 8-0 run to close

out the period. Stricklen capped the first-half scoring with her

fourth 3-pointer, during which the Lady Volunteers were 7 of 14

from behind the arc. They finished 9 of 18 on 3-pointers, with

Stricklen connecting on 6 of 9.

Arkansas (16-5, 4-5) opened the second half with a 10-2 run to

close to within 41-37. Sarah Watkins had five of her 15 points

during the run for the Razorbacks, who were outrebounded 42-23 by

Tennesseee.

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