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No. 8 Tennessee cruises to 82-43 win over MTSU

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Cierra Burdick had 14 points and 10 rebounds and No. 8 Tennessee routed Middle Tennessee 82-43 on Tuesday night.

Kortni Jones led MTSU with 16 points.

Shekinna Stricklen took an inbounds pass, spun around and sank a jumper with 17:14 left in the first half that launched a 17-0 run.

During the stretch, Tennessee stole the ball from Middle Tennessee on four consecutive possessions and got a basket in transition after each one.

MTSU cut the margin to a single digit just once more on a layup by Ebony Rowe that made it 27-18 with 7:13 in the first half.

Tennessee (3-2) hit 59.3 percent in the first half, including 6 of 9 from 3-point range.

The Blue Raiders (4-3) struggled to get clean looks at the basket against the Lady Vols' defense and hit just 28.6 percent in the first half, and Tennessee pushed the lead to 48-24 just before halftime.

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