Lady Vols outlast Kentucky, stay unbeaten in SEC

By: Wes Boling Email
By: Wes Boling Email

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WVLT) -- The Tennessee Lady Vols overcame 24 turnovers and a halftime deficit to edge Kentucky on the road Monday, 73-67, to remain undefeated in the Southeastern Conference.

Shekinna Stricklen led four Tennessee players in double figures, scoring 18 of her 20 points in the second half to help fuel the victory.

The Lady Vols (22-2, 10-0 SEC) trailed 33-30 at the break, thanks in part to 17 turnovers. But after Pat Summitt held a self-labeled "prayer meeting" in the halftime locker room, Tennessee quickly took the lead and never trailed again.

Kentucky (18-5, 7-3) was paced by senior forward Victoria Dunlap, who poured in 20 points; however, Tennessee essentially shut her down in the second stanza, forcing the Wildcats to try outside shots. They shot only 25 percent from beyond the arc, while the Lady Vols fired at a 42.9 percent clip.

Tennessee's struggles against pressure defenses continued -- freshman point guard Meighan Simmons committed nine turnovers, only four fewer than the entire Kentucky team.

Still, Stricklen's onslaught, coupled with a distinct size advantage which led to 38 paint points, helped Tennessee secure the win.

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