Lady Vols Handle Hogs
No. 12 Arkansas (16-5, 3-3) was undefeated in Bud Walton Arena before Thursday's setback, including a win over then No. 2 ranked LSU. But No. 4 Tennessee (17-3, 6-0) bolted from the gate and built a 23-point first-half lead that the Lady Backs could never completely overcome. However, No. 12 Arkansas turned it into a game, striking with a late three-pointer to cut Tennessee's lead at intermission to 47-31, and twice rallying to within three points in the second half at 64-61 and 75-72. That last run ignited the partisan crowd, but Tennessee quickly doused the fire with three unanswered baskets for a nine-point lead with 3:55 remaining. The Lady Vols closed the game on a 17-7 run to cap an impressive 12-point win. Tennessee was led by a dailed-in Gwen Jackson who hit 9-of-12 from the field and 7-of-8 from the foul line for 26 points to go with a game-high eight rebounds. Kara Lawson contributed 17 points that featured a 9-of-10 night from the stripe and a game-high eight assists. Shyra Ely came off the bench to score 16 points and an ever-improving Ashley Robinson added 11 points. Shameka Christon led Arkansas with 21 while India Lewis added 16. Dana Cherry and Latisha Harper scored 14 each. Tennessee hit 30-of-57 field goals compared to Arkansas' 27-of-64. UT's margin of victory was matched by its free-throw advantage — 29-of-38 to 17-of-23. UA kept it close by hitting 8-of-18 three pointers vs. Tennessee's 3-of-11 on trey attempts. The Lady Vols take to the road again on Monday when they travel to Nashville for the first of their two regular season intrastate showdowns with rival Vanderbilt.
Inside Tennessee Top Stories
Scout 100 DE Cox 'still considering" VolsCan Tennessee's staff keep up with elite company in the race to sign Scout 100 defensive end Brenton Cox?
Inside Tennessee3:33 PM
Jaylon King names programs turning his headSome programs are recruiting Jaylon King harder than others. Get the latest from the Nashville-based defensive back.
Inside Tennessee2:35 AM
Starter has procedure, new roles, more notesAppendectomies, leadership emergence, weight gains...get it all in regards to Tennessee football.
Inside TennesseeYesterday at 4:12 PM
What A 19-Year Witten Career Might Look LikeJason Witten's new contract extension means that, if he can maintain his current level of play, he could go down as one of the game's true all-time greats.