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Stricklen lifts Tennessee past Arkansas 72-53

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.