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Tennessee slips past Mississippi State

Glory Johnson, 'Kinna Stricklen defend (AP photo)

Tennessee used a combination of savviness and youth down the stretch to seize the lead against Mississippi State and secure its second SEC win, 63-56, on Thursday in Starkville. Shekinna Stricklen shook off an injury to her ribs and went 10-10 from the free throw line. Angie Bjorklund added 14 points and four assists – and found Stricklen for the spot-up three to give Tennessee the lead for good.

Angie Bjorklund and Shekinna Stricklen logged significant minutes – 37 for Bjorklund and 34 for Stricklen – and were saluted for their efforts by Pat Summitt in her post-game show on the Lady Vol Radio Network. Summitt had three true freshmen on the floor late in the second half when Tennessee (13-3, 2-1) surged from behind over Mississippi State (13-4, 1-2). That trio, Briana Bass, Alyssia...

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