Lady Vols top Alabama 68-49

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Shekinna Stricklen scored 14 of her 16 points in the second half, and No. 19 Tennessee pulled away for a 68-49 win over Alabama on Thursday night in the first round of the Southeastern Conference tournament.

The Lady Vols (21-9) trailed 31-30 before going on a 12-0 run to start the second half. Kelley Cain scored five points during that decisive stretch, and Stricklen capped the run with a 3-pointer.

Alabama (13-17) never pulled closer than seven points after that and lost to Tennessee for the 35th straight game. Freshman Ericka Russell led the Crimson Tide with 18 points.

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