Saturday, January 3, 2009


PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Shekinna Stricklen scored 16 points and No. 8 Tennessee rallied from the biggest deficit in school history to beat No. 15 Rutgers 55-51 on Saturday.

After the Lady Vols trailed 33-13 at the break, scoring the fewest points ever in a half, Tennessee regrouped to give coach Pat Summitt her 994th career win.

The loss ended a 20-game home winning streak for Rutgers (8-3), led by Epiphanny Prince with 25 points.

Trailing 49-40 with 6:40 left, Tennessee (11-2) went on a 13-0 run. Angie Bjorkland’s jumper with 1:30 left gave the Lady Vols their first lead at 51-49. Stricklen made two free throws for 53-49 lead with 39.8 seconds left.

Prince’s jumper cut it to 53-51 with 21.8 seconds left. She then forced a jump ball giving Rutgers one last chance, but Kia Vaughn missed underneath.

Bjorklund, who scored 12 points, sealed the game from the free throw line.

These young ladies showed so much heart led by Glory Johnson and Shekinna Stricklen, this game became one that these young ladies can build on for the rest of the season. They played in one of the most hostile environments, and with Prince going off they kept their composure. I'm so proud of them. Go LadyVols!

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