It had all the makings of a shootout.
The Lady Vols went into halftime boasting a blistering 64 percent shooting percentage, priming the team for a hefty first-half lead.
But it wasn't the case as Arkansas answered with a 57.1 percent performance of its own before the break.
The second half, though, was a different story for the Razorbacks as the Lady Vols cranked up the pressure defensively while continuing their hot shooting en route to a 70-60 victory at Thompson-Boling Arena on Thursday night.
The Lady Vol defense held the Razorbacks to just 31 percent from the field after the break.
UT then pulled away due to a second half that saw the Lady Vols shoot 60 percent from the floor, including 55.6 percent (5-of-9) from beyond the arc.
"We had a totally different mindset from the first half to the second half," head coach Holly Warlick said. "We weren't pretty effective on what we were doing in the first half, so we changed it up a little bit in the second half. I was fine with the game. I got pretty upset at one timeout because of our effort, and we weren't defending anyone and it was a shootout.
"It was going to come down to who was going to get stops and who wasn't, so that was my concern. But I thought (at) halftime that we made some adjustments, and they came out and they were pretty focused."
Forward Cierra Burdick highlighted UT's stellar offensive production, tying a career-high with 16 points.
The junior did a little bit of everything for UT as she shot 7-of-9 from the field – including 2-of-2 from beyond the arc, just her second and third 3-pointers of the season – gathered seven rebounds and dished out four assists, all while playing a team-high 39 minutes.
"I'll tell you this, she played pretty hard," Warlick said. "She stayed pretty focused in the leadership role she was in tonight, so I'm proud of her. I thought she hit big (shots). It seemed like every shot she took was a big shot for us.
"I thought she played a great game. She was one of the reasons we stayed in the game and then took the lead as well."
For Burdick, this season has been a down year as she came into the game averaging 7.5 points per game – she averaged 8.4 last season – and shooting nearly 10 percent worse from the field this season.
But Burdick said she is beginning to get back to the basics of just enjoying the game.
"Obviously I have been struggling early, and I am just trying to have fun," Burdick said. "At the beginning of the season, I feel like I put a lot of pressure on myself to do this and that. I am just out here trying to enjoy my teammates, my coaches and love this game. For a minute there I kind of lost sight of what I was doing, and I just got back to having fun.
"My teammates have always encouraged me since day one, so I am just glad to see them falling."
One of those teammates, senior guard Meighan Simmons, poured in 16 points of her own, tying the team-high with Burdick.
The offensive performance by the Lady Vols marked the first time since Dec. 17, 2011 that Tennessee shot more than 60 percent in a game.
But while they shot the ball well, redshirt freshman guard Andraya Carter believed it was the team's effort on the defensive end that won them the game.
"When we play great defense the way we know how to it definitely shows and it pays off," Carter said. "We have to let our defense generate our offense, and we knew that. We wanted to keep the momentum going that we got at the end of the first half, and we didn't want them to get a lead. So we had some motivation and we tried to get stops."