Tennessee Tops Stanford 79-69 in OT

Dec. 21, 2008

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP)-- Shekinna Stricklen scored eight of her season-high 25 points in overtime and No. 11 Tennessee upset No. 3 Stanford 79-69 in a rematch of the 2008 national championship game on Sunday night.

Stanford's Jeanette Pohlen knocked down a 3-pointer to tie the game at 68 with 54 seconds left.

Tennessee's Glory Johnson attempted a layup with 23 seconds left, but was charged with a foul. Lady Vol Alicia Manning blocked a shot by Grace Mashore with 3 seconds left, but Stricklen couldn't get a shot off before time expired.

Stricklen entered the extra period hot, though, knocking down a long jumper and two 3s to give the Lady Vols a 76-69 lead with 2:48 left.

Angie Bjorklund added 16 points for Tennessee, and Stricklen and Vicki Baugh had seven rebounds each.

Jayne Appel lead the Cardinal with 19 points and 14 rebounds. Pohlen added 16 points, and Kayla Pedersen added 15.

Stanford led early as Tennessee's shooting was cold for the first two minutes, but the Lady Vols slowly built and held onto a lead with help from four first-half 3s, three from Bjorklund.

The Lady Vols shot 45.7 percent from the field in the first half compared to Stanford's 40 percent and took a 41-32 lead into halftime.

It was a rematch of last year's NCAA national championship game, won by Tennessee 64-48 for its eighth title. Stanford won the regular-season meeting between the teams 73-69 in overtime at Stanford, breaking an 11-game skid to the Lady Vols.

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