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.
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