No. 4 Tennessee gets 79-62 win over South Carolina

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Angie Bjorklund scored 23 points and Shekinna Stricklen added 21 to help No. 4 Tennessee open the SEC schedule with a 79-62 win over South Carolina on Thursday night.

The Lady Vols (13-1) now have 37 consecutive wins over South Carolina, their longest streak over any Southeastern Conference team. The Gamecocks last won on Jan. 23, 1980.

South Carolina (7-7, 0-2) was up 19-14 when Tennessee went on a 17-1 run helped by three 3-point shots by Angie Bjorklund. A long jumper by Bjorklund sent the Lady Vols into halftime with a 47-33 lead.

The Gamecocks narrowed their deficit to seven points in the second half, but another 3 by Bjorklund launched a 13-1 run to help the Lady Vols pull away.

Valerie Nainima led South Carolina with 16 points. Charenee Stephens had 10 rebounds.