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Women’s Basketball: No. 6 Tennessee Downs No. 11 Rutgers

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Shekinna Stricklen scored 22 points and sixth-ranked Tennessee used a late run to beat No. 11 Rutgers 67-61 on Tuesday night.

The game featured two Hall of Fame coaches with Pat Summitt and C. Vivian Stringer of Rutgers. The long-time friends and have combined for nearly 1,950 victories during their illustrious careers. They stand first and third on the women’s basketball all-time victory list.

Trailing 54-51 with 8:33 left, Tennessee (6-2) scored 13 straight points, holding Rutgers without a point for nearly 8 minutes. Vicki Baugh started the burst with a layup and Meighan Simmons hit consecutive 3-pointers to give the Lady Vols a 61-54 lead. Taber Spani hit another 3 with 1:52 left to seal the victory.

April Sykes scored a season-high 27 points to lead Rutgers (9-2), which was looking for its first win over Tennessee since 2004.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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