Lady Vols slip into tie for SEC lead with 57-41 win at Miss.State

STARKVILLE, Miss. - #10 Tennessee flexed its defensive muscle with a 57-41 win at Mississippi State. Shekinna Stricklen posted a double-double with 22 points and 12 rebounds. Cierra Burdick was the Lady Vols only other double-figure scorer as she tallied 10.

Tennessee (19-7, 10-3 SEC) limited Mississippi State (14-11, 4-8) to just 13 points in the first half and a paltry 23.5 field goal percentage. Kendra Grant led MSU with 17 and Porsha Grant tallied 15.

After scoring just two points in the first half, Stricklen racked up 20 of the Lady Vols 35 points in the second half.Glory Johnson added seven points and a game-high 14 rebounds.

Tennessee outscored MSU, 20-0 in bench points.

The Lady Vols took a 38-20 lead on a 3-pointer by Stricklen with 11:31 left in the game. Stricklen them moved the margin to 20 at 44-24 with a free throw with 8:26 left in the second half.

Down 20, the Bulldogs made a run to cut the deficit to 10 at 48-38 on a 3-point play by Porsha Porter with 3:38 left. The

The game got off to a sluggish start as Tennessee led 2-0 with 14:26 left in the first half. The Lady Vols build a halftime lead of 22-13 and expanded the lead early in the second half.

The Lady Vols continue their two-game swing in Mississippi, travelling to Ole Miss for a Sunday game at 2 p.m. ET. The title airs on the SEC Network and can be heard on the Lady Vol Network.

The win was Pat Summitt's 1,090th and it moved the Lady Vols into a tie for first in the SEC with Kentucky following the Lady cats loss at Alabama Thursday night. Both teams are now 10-3 in league play.

Official Basketball Box Score
Tennessee vs Mississippi State
02-16-12 8:05 pm at Starkville, Miss. (Humphrey Coliseum)

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VISITORS: Tennessee 19-7 (10-3 SEC)
TOT-FG 3-PT REBOUNDS
## Player Name FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF TP A TO BLK S MIN
25 Glory Johnson....... f 3-10 0-0 1-3 2 13 15 2 7 2 5 2 0 31
40 Shekinna Stricklen.. f 8-18 1-2 5-6 5 7 12 1 22 0 3 1 2 29
05 Ariel Massengale.... g 0-7 0-4 0-1 0 3 3 1 0 1 1 0 3 34
10 Meighan Simmons..... g 2-9 0-2 2-4 0 1 1 1 6 2 3 0 0 21
13 Taber Spani......... g 1-3 0-1 0-0 2 3 5 0 2 0 2 0 0 12
01 Briana Bass......... 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 6
04 Kamiko Williams..... 4-7 0-0 0-0 2 3 5 0 8 2 1 1 1 25
11 Cierra Burdick...... 5-6 0-0 0-0 2 5 7 1 10 3 2 2 0 26
15 Alicia Manning...... 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2
21 Vicki Baugh......... 1-1 0-0 0-0 2 4 6 0 2 0 2 0 0 14
TEAM................ 1 3 4
Totals.............. 24-62 1-9 8-14 16 43 59 7 57 10 19 6 6 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 11-30 36.7% 2nd Half: 13-32 40.6% Game: 38.7% DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 0-4 0.0% 2nd Half: 1-5 20.0% Game: 11.1% REBS
F Throw % 1st Half: 0-0 0.0% 2nd Half: 8-14 57.1% Game: 57.1% 2

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HOME TEAM: Mississippi State 14-12 (4-9 SEC)
TOT-FG 3-PT REBOUNDS
## Player Name FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF TP A TO BLK S MIN
10 Martha Alwal........ f 2-4 0-0 0-0 1 6 7 4 4 0 1 3 0 29
34 Catina Bett......... c 1-9 0-0 0-0 1 5 6 3 2 0 1 0 0 27
03 Diamber Johnson..... g 1-15 1-6 0-0 1 4 5 1 3 7 5 1 1 36
04 Porsha Porter....... g 6-18 1-4 2-3 1 3 4 3 15 1 0 0 4 30
14 Kendra Grant........ g 6-13 4-7 1-2 2 2 4 1 17 0 2 0 1 32
01 Danielle Rector..... 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
11 Katia May........... 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
12 Candace Foster...... 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
15 Brittany Young...... 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
20 Shamia Robinson..... 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 5
21 Jerica James........ 0-7 0-3 0-0 1 2 3 0 0 2 1 0 0 18
25 Ashley Brown........ 0-1 0-0 0-0 3 1 4 3 0 0 1 0 0 18
TEAM................ 2 2 4 1
Totals.............. 16-69 6-20 3-5 12 25 37 16 41 10 13 4 7 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 5-34 14.7% 2nd Half: 11-35 31.4% Game: 23.2% DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 3-11 27.3% 2nd Half: 3-9 33.3% Game: 30.0% REBS
F Throw % 1st Half: 0-0 0.0% 2nd Half: 3-5 60.0% Game: 60.0% 0,1

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Officials: Laura C. Morris, Rob Fessler, Metta Roberts
Technical fouls: Tennessee-None. Mississippi State-Catina Bett.
Attendance: 1965
Score by Periods 1st 2nd Total
Tennessee..................... 22 35 - 57
Mississippi State............. 13 28 - 41
Actual Attendance: 1845

Points in the paint-UT 28,MS 12. Points off turnovers-UT 12,MS 8.
2nd chance points-UT 12,MS 8. Fast break points-UT 6,MS 2.
Bench points-UT 20,MS 0. Score tied-2 times. Lead changed-2 times.
Last FG-UT 2nd-01:08, MS 2nd-01:35.
Largest lead-UT by 20 2nd-08:23, MS by 3 1st-13:56.


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