Thursday, January 22, 2009

Bjorklund scores 18 to lead No. 10 Tenn. over Ark.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Angie Bjorklund scored 18 points and Glory Johnson added 15 points and No. 10 Tennessee held off Arkansas for a 76-67 victory Thursday night.

The victory for Tennessee (15-3, 4-1 Southeastern Conference) gave coach Pat Summitt her 998th career victory. Summitt will have her first chance at win No. 1,000 on Jan. 29 when the Lady Vols host Mississippi.

Tennessee didn't have an easy time as Arkansas (11-8, 0-4) played physical and grabbed 29 rebounds.

Arkansas was led by Ceira Ricketts with 22 points and Ashley McCray added 12. The players also combined for 16 rebounds.

In the second half, there were eight lead changes. Arkansas managed to build a six-point lead before the Razorbacks went cold, missing eight straight shots while the Lady Vols went on an 11-0 run.

Tennessee shot 70.4 percent (19-of-27) from the foul line to maintain its lead late in the game and hold on for the victory.

In the first half, Tennessee got off to a quick start with back-to-back 3-pointers from freshmen Shekinna Stricklen and Brianna Bass.

The Razorbacks shot 33.3 percent from the floor, but outrebounded Tennessee 19-16 in the first half.

The Lady Vols led by seven points at 26-19 before Arkansas went on a 10-2 run to get its first lead at 29-28 with 2 minutes left before the half after Ricketts got a steal near midcourt. She took it in for an easy layup.

But Tennessee's Sydney Smallbone hit a 3-pointer with 27 seconds left to give the Lady Vols a three-point edge, but Arkansas responded when sophomore Shanita Arnold made a 3-pointer with seven seconds left to tie the game at 32 at halftime.

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