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Kentucky came out swinging, but much bigger Tennessee refused to go down.
It was a Big Monday heavyweight fight and the No. 4 Lady Vols were rattled, but they found a way to win, 73-67, over No. 15 Kentucky in front of 7,126 in Memorial Coliseum.
Shekinna Stricklen led the Vols with 20 points, including 18 in the second half when the Volunteers used a 16-2 run to start the half to grab some momentum on the way to their 13th straight victory and 10th straight win in the Southeastern Conference. Stricklen had nine points in that spurt after what Coach Pat Summitt referred to as a bit of a "prayer meeting" with her swing player.
Stricklen called the halftime speech by Summitt "very intense."
"Mainly she said you really don't want to be at practice with me tomorrow," Stricklen said.
When asked what that practice might be like, Stricklen smiled, "There would be puking."
Stricklen's 12 boards led Tennesee, which outrebounded UK 45-23.
Kentucky forced 24 turnovers while committing 13.
Summitt was disheartened by her team's first half, which included 17 turnovers, nearly two more than its 15-per-game average this season. The Lady Vols turned the ball over only seven times in the second half.
"I'm so disappointed because I believe in the team so much," Kentucky Coach Matthew ...