KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Arkansas handed the No. 10/9 Lady Vols a tough 72-71 defeat in overtime on Thursday night. It was the Razorbacks' first-ever win in Knoxville and just their second win ever against the Lady Vols in 25 meetings.
Arkansas (21-6, 10-5) outscored Tennessee 10-9 in the extra session after sending the game to overtime on a lay-up with eight seconds left in regulation. The Lady Vols (20-8 overall) fell to second place in the SEC at 11-4 as first-place Kentucky (12-3) knocked off South Carolina, 53-50, on Thursday.
Shekinna Stricklen (17 points, 8 rebounds) and Glory Johnson (13 points, 9 rebounds) and combined for 30 points and 17 rebounds -- all in the second half and overtime.
The Razorbacks were led by Lyndsay Harris (20) and Sarah Watkins (18). The Razorbacks won for the 10th time in 11 games. C'eira Ricketts had 16 points as Arkansas gained a measure of revenge after suffering a 69-38 defeat to Tennessee on Jan. 8.
Watkins' jumper with 3:21 left in regulation put Arkansas ahead for good at 66-64. A 3-pointer by Calli Berna with 1:55 left gave the Hogs a 6-point advantage at 70-64. Stricken answered with a trey of her own with 1:25 left to cut the deficit to three. Stricklen's lay-up with 41.8 left cut it to one, 70-69. Stricklen then missed two free throws with 10.0 seconds left which could have tied the game or given the Lady Vols the lead.
Harris made two free throws with 6.2 seconds remaining in overtime to put Arkansas ahead 72-69. Arkansas fouledAriel Massengale with 3.0 on the clock and the point guard made both foul shots to make it 72-71. Quistelle Williams missed two free with 2.6 seconds left but Tennessee's desperation half-court shot came after the final buzzer.
Kamiko Williams' putback with 1:50 left in regulation gave the Lady Vols a 60-58 lead. Stricklen's short jumper with 1:04 left put UT up by four, 62-58. Ricketts came right back with an Arkansas lay-up 17 seconds later to cut the margin to two at 62-60. Watkins tied the game at 62 with eight seconds left as she swooped to the hoop and laid the ball in to send the game to overtime.
The Lady Vols missed two jumpers in the final seconds as the game went to extra time.
The game stood tied at 58 after Massengale made the first of two free throws.
Arkansas continued to battle and cut their deficit to one at 57-56 on jumper by Calli Berna with 2:58 left. Harris made a pair of free throws to regain the lead for the Hogs at 58-57.
The Lady Vols scored seven points in a row to take a 55-50 lead with 5:25 left in the second. Massengale's lay-up with 8:29 left put UT ahead at 52-50. Johnson scored the next three points for a five-point Lady Vols' lead, their largest of the game, at five.
Tennessee shot 20-of-28 in the contest, making 16 of its first 17, but made only 4-of-11 to finish the game.
A pair of 3-pointers by Stricklen gave the Lady Vols a big boost early in the second half. Massengale's steal and lay-up with 12 minutes left in the game tied the score at 44 all. That marked the first time the game was tied since 16-all with eight minutes left in the first half. Taber Spani's pair of free throws with 11:30 left in the second gave UT it first lead since 7-5 at 46-44. UT finished a 9-0 run with two Johnson free throws to giving the Lady Vols a 48-44 advantage.
Arkansas answered with back-to-back 3-pointers by Harris and Quistelle Williams to regain the lead at 50-48 with 9:23 left in the second half.
The Razorbacks lead 31-26 at halftime behind 11 points from Harris and 58 percent shooting from the floor.
Arkansas took a 26-20 lead on a Sarah Watkins jumper with 5:55 left in the half on the Hogs' 10th basket of the game. That equalled their field goal total for the entire game back on Jan. 8 in the first meeting.
A Kamiko Williams jumper with eight minutes left in the half tied the game at 16 but Arkansas' Watkins answered with a 3-pointer seconds later with 7:36 left in the half to regain a 19-16 lead for the Hogs.
Arkansas, which had just 11 first-half points in the first meeting, led 13-10 less than nine minutes into the game on an Ashley Daniel jumper.
The Lady Vols close out the regular-season on Sunday against Florida at 3:30 p.m. That game will be televised on ESPNU and can be heard on the Lady Vol Network.
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