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Stricklen, Lady Vols
too much for ’Dogs

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Shekinna Stricklen said Tennessee was determined to pick up the tempo to start the second half against Georgia.
It was an especially effective strategy when Georgia fell flat after halftime.
Stricklen had 24 points, including six in Tennessee’s 11-0 run to open the second half, and the No. 7 Lady Vols beat No. 17 Georgia 67-50 on Sunday for their second win over the Lady Bulldogs this month.
Stricklen helped Tennessee (16-5, 7-1 Southeastern Conference) pull away after leading by only one point at halftime.
Meighan Simmons opened the second half with a 3-pointer to spark the Lady Vols’ 11-0 run. Stricklen followed the 3-pointer by scoring on a drive and had a steal and basket later in the 11-0 run.
Following a lopsided 72-44 loss at No. 2 Notre Dame on Monday, Tennessee coach Pat Summitt juggled her lineup in Thursday’s 86-56 win at Alabama.
Stricklen, who had a streak of 121 consecutive starts, the longest in the nation, end earlier this month due to an injury, didn’t start against Alabama even though she was available.

UT football staff
growing again

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Charlie Coiner, a veteran college and NFL coach, has been named special teams and tight ends coach at Tennessee.
He most recently was a defensive and special teams assistant at North Carolina in 2010.
Published in The Messenger 1.30.12

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