Arkansas couldn't make a shot in its first meeting with Tennessee.
The Razorbacks summoned their best shot for the rematch Thursday night and scored a dramatic breakthrough victory at the Lady Vols' expense.
A pair of free throws by Lyndsay Harris with 6.2 seconds left in overtime turned out to be the difference in a 72-71 SEC women's basketball victory before a stunned crowd of 13,337 at Thompson-Boling Arena.
The victory was the first for the Razorbacks (21-6, 10-5 SEC) in Knoxville and their first over UT since 1996. The achievement was magnified by their 69-38 loss at home to Tennessee on Jan. 8, during which the Razorbacks made just 10 field goals and shot an unsightly 18.2 percent from the floor.
No. 10 Tennessee (20-8, 11-4), meanwhile, suffered a third home loss in a season for the first time in program history.
"The credit goes to the players,'' Arkansas coach Tom Collen said. "They're the ones who prepared. They're the ones who believed in themselves."
Harris scored a game high 20 points. Sarah Watkins added 18. Guard C'eira Ricketts stuffed her stat line with 16 points, nine assists and eight turnovers.
The anguish fell to Tennessee's players afterward. The loss, coupled with Kentucky's 53-50 victory over South Carolina, dropped UT into second place in the conference standings with just Sunday's home game against Florida remaining.
Arkansas wins at Tennessee for the first time in school history
A distraught Shekinna Stricklen literally had to be picked up off the court by teammate Kamiko Williams. Fellow senior Vicki Baugh walked Stricklen off the court.
Despite scoring a team-high 17 points, Stricklen missed four free throws in overtime, including two attempts with 10 seconds left that could've given Tennessee the lead.
"I honestly wanted the ball at the end,'' Stricklen said. "You just have to step up. I didn't make the free throws at the end."
Even a free throw that went in was a source of disappointment. Freshman Ariel Massengale tried to miss her final attempt with three seconds left and Tennessee trailing by two points. Instead of creating a rebound chance, her shot went in and UT essentially had no chance thereafter.
"I was trying to shoot it off to the right so Glory (Johnson) could get it and put it back in,'' Massengale said.
As much as the ending hurt, the Lady Vols' pointed to the game's beginning as their downfall. Johnson described UT's first-half play as "awful."
Johnson and Stricklen, Tennessee's two top scorers, had zero points at the break. Johnson was limited to eight first-half minutes by foul trouble.
Scoring wasn't a problem for Arkansas. Harris got them started with 11 of her points and three of the Razorbacks eight 3 pointers in the first half, enabling them to open a 31-26 lead.
"It definitely helped that we came out scoring early and got our confidence up,'' Harris said.
It helped even more that Arkansas was scoring from long range. Tennessee couldn't sit back in a zone defense as it had the majority of the past three games.
While the Lady Vols used multiple alignments to help force 21 Arkansas turnovers, they also opened up driving lanes for Ricketts with their strategy and the senior guard took advantage.
"We've always believed with the ball in her hands something good is going to happen,'' Collen said.
With the ball in her hands, Arkansas came back from a four-point deficit in the final 1 minute, five seconds of regulation. Her driving basket cut the deficit to two. Then after a UT miss, Ricketts pushed the ball up the court and threaded a pass through scrambling Lady Vols defenders to Watkins for a tying layup with eight seconds left.
"We've preached defense and defending penetration,'' UT associate head coach Holly Warlick said, "and we just can't get it right."