Tennessee needed a halftime pep talk to shake off the effects of Saturday's loss to rival Connecticut, but regained form in time to avoid another defeat.
After suffering through a subpar first-half performance against unranked Arkansas, the No. 2 Lady Vols used a superb second-half effort to rally for a 79-69 win last night in Knoxville, Tenn.
Kara Lawson scored a career-high 25 points and Michelle Snow added 24 to lead the Lady Vols, who earned the school's 800th victory.
Tennessee (12-2, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) rebounded from the loss to No. 1 Connecticut despite a poor first-half performance that left it trailing by 13 points at halftime. Arkansas (9-4, 0-1) was led by Wendi Willits with 16 points.
"We looked like we just wanted to get the first half out of the way," said Tennessee Coach Pat Summitt. "We were flat and showed little emotion. I told them at halftime we would have to turn it around with defense. They responded well in the second half.
"I have no idea why we only played 20 minutes, but we'll take it."
LOUISIANA TECH 90, SOUTH ALABAMA 33: In Ruston, La., Leon Barmore became the 15th women's college basketball coach to reach 500 victories.
Barmore is in his 18th season at No. 4 Tech and has a career record of 500-76.
CLEMSON 60, NORTH CAROLINA 59: Krystal Scott scored all of her 16 points in the second half in Chapel Hill, N.C., helping Clemson upset No. 15 North Carolina for its first Atlantic Coast Conference victory.
The Tar Heels have lost three straight for the first time since 1995-96.
PENN STATE 82, MINNESOTA 30: The sixth-ranked Nittany Lions held the Gophers to their lowest point total in 26 years.
The victory extended Penn State's winning streak to nine and handed host Minnesota its third straight loss.