National Sports Briefs for January 31
Posted: Monday, January 31, 2011 9:05 pm
UT’s Stricklen shines
in return to Arkansas
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Shekinna Stricklen matched her career-high of 26 points to lift No. 5 Tennessee to a 72-53 win over Arkansas on Sunday.
Stricklen, from Morrilton, Ark., matched her season high of 18 points in the first half to help the Lady Volunteers (21-2, 9-0 Southeastern Conference) win their 12th straight after an overtime loss at Baylor on Dec. 14.
Tennessee led 39-27 at halftime, sparked by an 8-0 run to close out the period. Stricklen capped the first-half scoring with her fourth 3-pointer, during which the Lady Volunteers were 7-of-14 from behind the arc.
Arkansas (16-5, 4-5) opened the second half with a 10-2 run to close to within 41-37.
Vol men explode
in 2nd half at Miss.
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Brian Williams scored 18 points, Scotty Hopson had 16 and Tennessee cruised to a 74-57 win over Mississippi on Saturday.
Cameron Tatum had 13 points after halftime for the Volunteers (14-7, 4-2 Southeastern Conference), who went on a 16-4 run midway through the second half to take a 60-49 lead and never trailed again.
Tennessee’s run was a complete team effort as five different players scored, led by five points from Tatum.
Titans’ coach search
has horrible timing
NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans might be a little rusty as they search for their first head coach since the end of the 1994 season, and their timing couldn’t be worse with a team that seems to be crumbling.
First, they decided to trade or release quarterback Vince Young. Now, they’ve parted with Jeff Fisher after 16 full seasons as their head coach.
The top candidate could be offensive line coach Mike Munchak. He was a Hall of Fame lineman for this franchise.
In-house possibilities include linebackers coach Dave McGinnis, a former head coach at Arizona, and offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger, diagnosed with cancer in November.