Razorbacks storm back in second half, beat Lady Vols 64-59

Associated Press • Jan 14, 2016 at 11:58 PM

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Despite all of Arkansas’ struggles so far during this season of transition, this group of Razorbacks sure does have a knack for playing up to the big moments.

For the second time in a week, Arkansas earned a home victory over a ranked team, using a furious second-half rally to earn a 64-59 win over No. 13 Tennessee on Thursday night.

Jessica Jackson scored 25 points, and the Razorbacks (7-10, 2-2 Southeastern Conference) fought back from down 11 points at halftime to earn only the third win in school history over the Lady Vols (11-5, 2-2).

“We took down a program tonight,” Arkansas coach Jimmy Dykes said. “They’ve been a dominant program for 40 years, and they will be going forward. ... It’s a very big moment for our program.”

Devin Cosper added 11 points and Jordan Danberry 10 for the Razorbacks, who scored 27 points off a season-high 24 turnovers by Tennessee.

The loss is the second in the last three games for the Lady Vols, who were led by 14 points from Diamond DeShields while Mercedes Russell added 10 points and 11 rebounds.

“We just got outworked in the second half,” Tennessee coach Holly Warlick said. “ ... We just didn’t have it tonight.”

The Razorbacks’ last victory over Tennessee came in Knoxville in 2012, ending an 18-game winning streak in the series for the Lady Vols. Their only other win came in Fayetteville in 1996, and they appeared on their way to another loss while trailing 32-21 at halftime.

However, with Jackson leading the way, Arkansas stormed back in the third quarter, opening on a 17-2 run to go up 38-34 before settling for a 43-40 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Arkansas pushed its lead to 55-44 with less than two minutes remaining, but DeShields connected on a 3-pointer to pull Tennessee to within 60-57 with 21 seconds left.

Jackson, however, hit all four of her free throw attempts in the final seconds to improve the Razorbacks — who lost six games in a row at one point earlier this season — to 3-26 against the Lady Vols.