published Sunday, March 4th, 2012

No. 13 Lady Vols beat LSU 70-58 to win SEC title

LSU's  LaSondra Barrett (55) and Taylor Turnbow (35) pressure Tennessee forward Glory Johnson (25) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball championship game at the women's Southeastern Conference tournament on Sunday, March 4, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.
LSU's LaSondra Barrett (55) and Taylor Turnbow (35) pressure Tennessee forward Glory Johnson (25) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball championship game at the women's Southeastern Conference tournament on Sunday, March 4, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.
(AP Photo by Mark Humphrey)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Glory Johnson had 20 points and 11 rebounds, and Shekinna Stricklen added 16 points as No. 13 Tennessee beat LSU 70-58 on Sunday to win a third-straight Southeastern Conference tournament title.

The Lady Volunteers (24-8) had a frustrating SEC season by their lofty standards, but Johnson and Stricklen and their fellow seniors pulled together to lead the team to its 16th overall conference tournament title. Tennessee fans cheered "We back Pat" after the win in honor of coach Pat Summitt, who announced before the season she'd been diagnosed with early onset dementia.

LSU (22-10) missed a shot to win its third tournament title in coach Nikki Caldwell's first season. Caldwell won six titles as a Tennessee player and assistant coach.

The score was tied at 41 with 15:32 to play, when Tennessee used a 13-2 run to take the lead.

Adrienne Webb led the Lady Tigers with 16 points.

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