The Lady Vols (18-2, 6-0 Southeastern Conference) haven't lost to the Gamecocks since 1980 and didn't look like they'd have much trouble in this one as they led 57-45 with 6:44 to go.
But South Carolina (10-9, 2-4) scored seven consecutive points to cut into Tennessee's lead.
Stricklen posted her sixth double-double of the season and third in four games.
Ieasia Walker had 24 points to lead South Carolina and was the only player in double figures. She also had eight rebounds before fouling out in the final minutes.
NO. 10 NORTH CAROLINA 71, WAKE FOREST 56
In Chapel Hill, N.C., Italee Lucas scored 16 of her 20 points in the first half to lift North Carolina.
She had six points before Wake Forest got on the board and the Tar Heels (17-2, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) led 12-2 less than 5 minutes into the game.
NO. 12 MICHIGAN STATE 69, INDIANA 55
In Bloomington, Ind., Kalisha Keane scored 23 points and Lykendra Johnson had 16, leading Michigan State (17-2, 5-1 Big Ten) over Indiana (8-11, 2-5). The Spartans have won 15 of 16 games.
NO. 13 DEPAUL 90,
NEW JERSEY INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY 43
In Chicago, Felicia Chester scored 15 points to lead a balanced offense and DePaul (18-2) routed NJIT (5-11).
NO. 19 KENTUCKY 58, FLORIDA 58
In Gainesville, Fla., Victoria Dunlap scored 12 points, including two free throws with 10 seconds remaining, to help Kentucky rally to beat Florida.
Jennifer O'Neill added 15 points for the Wildcats (14-4, 3-2 SEC), who overcame a 10-point deficit in the final 5:29 for their third consecutive victory.
The Gators (12-8, 2-4) lost their third in a row.
NO. 22 FLORIDA STATE 83, CLEMSON 73
In Clemson, S.C., Courtney Ward scored 21 points to lead Florida State.
The Seminoles (15-4, 3-1 ACC) never trailed. But the Lady Tigers (8-12, 1-4) fought back from an early 11-point deficit to tie the game at 51 with 13 minutes to go.
VANDERBILT 65, NO. 23 ARKANSAS 54
In Nashville, Tenn., freshman Jasmine Lister scored 17 points, including hitting a career-high five 3-pointers, and Stephanie Holzer added 16 points to help Vanderbilt upset Arkansas (15-3, 3-3 SEC).
Lister hit her first five shots, including all four 3s, for the Commodores (13-6, 4-2).
NO. 24 GEORGIA 60, ALABAMA 51
In Tuscaloosa, Ala., Khaalidah Miller scored 12 points to lead Georgia (15-3, 5-0 SEC).
Meredith Mitchell added 10 points for the Lady Bulldogs. Tierney Jenkins had a game-high 24 points for the Crimson Tide (11-8, 0-6).
NO. 25 OHIO STATE 71, ILLINOIS 62
In Champaign, Ill., Brittany Johnson scored 22 points and Jantel Lavender added 19 to help Ohio State (12-6, 3-3 Big Ten) beat Illinois (7-12, 2-4).