Feb. 20, 2005
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Tennessee coach Pat Summitt struggled to find positives in her team's win against Arkansas on Sunday.
The No. 6 Volunteers committed 28 turnovers and never established a flow against the Razorbacks, but still left with an 84-71 victory.
"We're just pleased that we can come out with a win," Summitt said.
The victory moved Summitt within seven of passing Dean Smith as the winningest coach in NCAA history. Summitt improved to 873-171 in 31 seasons at Tennessee. The Volunteers have two games left in the regular season before the SEC tournament.
Shyra Ely scored 30 points to lead Tennessee (21-4, 11-1 Southeastern Conference), but she was the only Volunteer in double digits.
"Ely went off," Arkansas forward Sarah Pfeifer said. "If she wouldn't have gone off it would have been a different story. She's an All-American and she showed it tonight."
The Razorbacks trailed by 17 at the half, but were able to pull within eight at 63-55 with 7:58 to play before Tennessee pulled away again.
"There were a lot of fouls," Summitt said. "I'm not being critical of the officials, but there were a lot of fouls. They probably called a foul at either end on every possession. Because of that, it was tough for us to get into a rhythm."
Nicky Anosike added nine points for Tennessee.
Sheree Thompson and Sarah Pfeifer each scored 17 points for Arkansas (15-9, 3-9) and Danielle Allen had 12.
Tennessee led 39-22 at the half, with Arkansas shooting just 21.4 percent from the field in the first 20 minutes.