Tennessee is the first team to advance to the Elite Eight in the 2011 Women's NCAA Tournament bracket. The top-seeded Volunteers were challenged by No. 4 Ohio State, but managed to eventually pull away for a 85-75 victory in the Sweet 16. Tennessee will next face the winner of Notre Dame vs. Oklahoma in the Elite Eight on Monday.
Ohio State led by two points at halftime and trailed by just one point with 11:30 to go, but Tennessee was able to hold the Buckeyes off despite numerous challenges. The Volunteers ended the game on a 23-15 run in the last eight and a half minutes to get the win.
Shekinna Stricklen had 20 points to lead Tennessee, while Meighan Simmons added 18 and Kelley Cain added 16. Samantha Prahalis led Ohio State with 22 points. The Buckeyes shot 49 percent from the field, but were outrebounded 41-26, dooming them to defeat.
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No. 1 Tennessee Volunteers def. No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes, 85-75
No. 6 Oklahoma Sooners vs. No. 2 Notre Dame Fighting Irish; Saturday, March 26, 2 p.m., ESPN/ESPN3