Holly Warlick thankful for UT's 70-60 win over Arkansas
On a cold night, Tennessee had a hot shooting hand.
The Lady Vols’ 62.2 percent accuracy from the floor (28 for 45) overcame turnovers, suspect rebounding and finally Arkansas 70-60 Thursday night at Thompson-Boling Arena.
Cierra Burdick and Meighan Simmons scored 16 points apiece to lead No. 10 Tennessee (17-4, 6-2 SEC), which committed 18 turnovers and was outrebounded 31-24.
The Lady Vols held Arkansas to 24 points in the second half.
Jessica Jackson led Arkansas (15-6, 2-6) with 16 points.
Arkansas set the tone from the start of the SEC women’s basketball game with a methodical offense that spread the floor and produced high-percentage shots.
The Razorbacks hit 11 of their first 16 attempts and led 30-22 at one point before halftime. Tennessee switched from man to zone and back to a man alignment, scrambling for some sort of defensive response.
As it turned out, the best response came on offense. Despite losing center Isabelle Harrison to early foul trouble and committing nine first-half turnovers, UT shot a sizzling 64 percent from the floor (16 for 25) during the first 20 minutes.
A Jordan Reynolds’ 3-pointer sent the Lady Vols off at the break with a 38-36 lead.
The Lady Vols played without point guard Ariel Massengale for a second consecutive game. She’s been sidelined since being hit in the face last Thursday against Florida.