KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Shekinna Stricklen scored 18 points,
including two late free throws, as No. 7 Tennessee beat Kentucky
69-64 on Thursday night.
Glory Johnson added 14 points for Tennessee (12-2, 1-0
Southeastern Conference), Alicia Manning scored a career-high 13
points and Alex Fuller had 10. The victory gave Tennessee coach Pat
Summitt 995 all-time wins.
Down 35-27 at halftime, the Wildcats (10-6, 0-1) opened the
second half with a 9-2 run to take a 40-39 advantage with 16:02
The teams traded the lead for the next 13 minutes. The Lady Vols
scored seven straight points, with a 3-pointer by Alicia Manning
giving them a 61-58 lead with 2:47 left.
Amber Smith stole the ball from Stricklen and drove for a layup
to pull to 64-60 with 1:27 left. Smith later fouled Stricklen with
51.3 seconds left, and the freshman calmly hit both shots to give
Tennessee a 66-60 lead.
Smith and Victoria Dunlap hit two more shots in the last minute,
but the Wildcats would only get one more shot as the Lady Vols hit
three more free throws.
Carly Morrow led the Wildcats with 16 points, Brittany Edelen
added 13 and Smith had 12.
Kentucky, normally a 27.2 percent 3-point shooting team, made
57.1 percent of their shots from behind the arc against Tennessee.