FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Ariel Massengale scored all 16 of her points in the second half as No. 7 Tennessee rallied past Arkansas 60-51 Sunday.
The Lady Vols (14-2, 4-0 SEC) overcame a nine-point deficit in the second half and won their 10th straight game. They haven’t lost since Nov. 30 and won despite shooting just 34.7 percent (17 of 49).
Massengale hit four 3-pointers as Tennessee rallied from 37-28 down to improve to 26-2 overall against the Razorbacks (10-6, 0-4). All four of the senior’s field goals were 3-pointers, where she finished 4 of 8.
Cierra Burdick led the Lady Vols with 17 points, while Isabelle Harrison also finished in double figures with 13 points and 13 rebounds.
Jessica Jackson led Arkansas with 18 points, finishing 8 of 19 from the field.
A game after shooting a season-best 52.4 percent in an 81-58 throttling of No. 9 Texas A&M, Tennessee was 6 of 28 (21.4 percent) from the field in the first half — falling behind by as many as six points and 21-18 at the break.
The deficit swelled to 37-28 early in the second half after Jackson scored her eighth straight point for the Razorbacks, part of an 8-2 Arkansas run. The sophomore, coming off the bench for the first time in her career, scored her 10th straight Arkansas point moments later to put the Razorbacks up 39-34.
Massengale, however, quickly answered with her second 3-pointer to cut the lead to 39-37. She followed with another a moment later to tie the game at 40, and her fourth 3-pointer in a 7:30 span capped a 17-3 Tennessee run for a 51-42 lead.
Tennessee finished 11 of 21 (52.4 percent) from the field in the second half, with Massengale finishing 4 of 11 overall after opening 0 of 4 in the first half.
Burdick was 10 of 11 on free throws, while Massengale was 4 of 4 from the line for the Lady Vols — who were 20 of 27 overall on free throws.
Melissa Wolff had 10 points and 10 rebounds for Arkansas.
Tennessee: The Lady Vols held SEC leading scorer Kelsey Brooks to eight points on 3 of 14 shooting. Brooks entered the game averaging a league-best 16.5 points per game.
Arkansas: Jackson, a preseason first-team All-SEC selection, came off the bench for the first time in her career — finishing with 18 points in 24 minutes. Jackson led the Razorbacks in scoring last season as a freshman with an average of 16.2 points per game, and she entered Sunday second on the team with an average of 14.5.
Tennessee plays the second of three straight road games when it travels to Auburn on Thursday.
Arkansas is off for a week before hosting Missouri on Jan. 18.
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