FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Meighan Simmons made sure Tennessee didn't overlook Arkansas again.
Simmons scored 18 points as No. 11 Tennessee rallied from an 11-point second-half deficit to defeat Arkansas 60-54 on Sunday.
The Lady Vols (22-5, 13-1 Southeastern Conference) extended their winning streak to five games and remained atop the conference standings. The win also follows a shocking overtime win last season by the Lady Razorbacks, their first win in Knoxville.
Simmons, the SEC's leading scorer, had 11 points in the second half to lead Tennessee back from a 28-19 halftime deficit. Taber Spani added 14 points for the Lady Vols, while Bashaara Graves had 11.
Quistelle Williams led Arkansas (17-10, 5-9), which has lost seven of its nine games to ranked teams, with 15 points.
Tennessee trailed 28-19 at halftime after Arkansas closed out the half with a 9-0 run.
The Lady Vols, who shot just 26.9 percent in the first half, came out in the second with a point to prove following last season's overtime loss to the Lady Razorbacks.
The win was Arkansas' first in Knoxville, and it snapped an 18-game winning streak in the series for the Lady Vols. It also helped earn the Razorbacks an NCAA tournament berth while opening up the door for Kentucky to move past Tennessee and win the SEC's regular season championship.
Highlights from the win were played on the video board in Bud Walton Arena before Sunday's tipoff, a fact that didn't go unnoticed by the Lady Vols — who turned their heads to watch the pre-game presentation.
While the first half didn't go as planned, they took control early in the second half. After Arkansas took a 30-19 lead following a jumper by Jhasmin Bowen, Tennessee went on a 24-6 run to take a 43-36 lead.
Ariel Massengale gave the Lady Vols their first lead since the first half with a drive that put them up 38-36, a lead didn't give up for the rest of the game.
Arkansas did close back to within 51-50 following a jumper by Sarah Watkins with 3:32 remaining, but Simmons and Spani hit shots in the closing minute — to go along with made free throws — to close out the win.
Tennessee led by as many as seven midway through the first half, taking a 14-7 lead after a putback by Simmons finished off a 7-0 run.
Arkansas, however, answered with a stunning 21-5 run to close out the half — bookmarking 10-0 and 9-0 runs around a brief reprieve for the Lady Vols. The latter run closed out the first half for the Lady Razorbacks, who took a 28-19 halftime lead when Watkins connected on a baseline jumper as the buzzer sounded.
Tennessee was just 7 of 26 (26.9 percent) from the field in the half and committed 13 turnovers. Every Lady Vols player had at least one turnover, while Arkansas had just four.
They cleaned up their game in the second half, committing just three turnovers after the break. Tennessee also outrebounded the Razorbacks 46-33 and hit 17 of 22 free throws, compared to just 2 of 4 from the line for Arkansas.