Sunday, February 20, 2005

No. 6 Tennessee 84, Arkansas 71

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Tennessee coach Pat Summitt struggled to find positives in her team's win against Arkansas on Sunday.

The No. 6 Volunteers committed 28 turnovers and never established a flow against the Razorbacks, but still left with an 84-71 victory.

``We're just pleased that we can come out with a win,'' Summitt said.

The victory moved Summitt within seven of passing Dean Smith as the winningest coach in NCAA history. Summitt improved to 873-171 in 31 seasons at Tennessee. The Volunteers have two games left in the regular season before the SEC tournament.

Shyra Ely scored 30 points to lead Tennessee (22-4, 12-1 Southeastern Conference), but she was the only Volunteer in double digits.

``Ely went off,'' Arkansas forward Sarah Pfeifer said. ``If she wouldn't have gone off it would have been a different story. She's an All-American and she showed it tonight.''

The Razorbacks trailed by 17 at the half, but were able to pull within eight at 63-55 with 7:58 to play before Tennessee pulled away again.

``There were a lot of fouls,'' Summitt said. ``I'm not being critical of the officials, but there were a lot of fouls. They probably called a foul at either end on every possession. Because of that, it was tough for us to get into a rhythm.''

Nicky Anosike added nine points for Tennessee.

Sheree Thompson and Sarah Pfeifer each scored 17 points for Arkansas (15-9, 3-10) and Danielle Allen had 12.

Tennessee led 39-22 at the half, with Arkansas shooting just 21.4 percent from the field in the first 20 minutes.

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