#1A -- ARKANSAS 77, #8 DUKE 72
March 23, 1998
A total team effort. Christy Smith fulfills the dream of every little girl -- she must make the free throws to send Arkansas to the Final Four. Smith does not get to the line without Tennille Adams’ offensive stick-back to put Arkansas ahead. Treva Christensen and Sytia Messer solidify their picks as All-West and West Region MVP. The game gives rise to two of the greatest moments in women’s basketball history. The first came before the game. After a silent ride through the Oakland twilight, Gary Blair rose as the team bus halted. “Don’t get off the bus if you don’t expect to win,” he said, then turned and left the bus. The second came after as Smith and Stancle fell to the floor at the end of the game. ESPN commentator Beth Mowens declared, “Do you believe in miracles?”
#1B -- ARKANSAS 82, #6 TEXAS 77
February 23, 1990
The clipping above from the Dallas Morning News says it all. Senior Juliet Jackson’s clutch free throws ice the first loss by UT to a SWC member -- 183 consecutive games. Delmonica DeHorney led Arkansas with 26 points, eight boards and four blocks. Jackson had 19 points and seven assists, and of course, was 7-of-8 at the line -- 4-of-4 in the closing minute. DeHorney was national player of the week after the game, but those that were there will tell you the best part was seeing The Drum bathed in white -- not victory burnt orange -- lights.
#2 -- #22 ARKANSAS 82, #2 LSU 72
January 19, 2003
The largest regular season crowd in school history (11,486) and ESPN watched as Arkansas won the first top 10 vs. top 10 game in school history. Arkansas’ “Big Three” of Shameka Christon (25 points, 7 boards), India Lewis (19 points) and Dana Cherry (13 points, 12 rebounds) were joined with SEC all-freshman Ruby Vaden (13 points, 7 boards) as the Razorbacks dominated the second-ranked Tigers. LSU threatened late, but the comeback only served to add to the instant classic status of the game. Along with mark the best start in SEC play to date, LSU became the highest ranked team to lose to Arkansas.
#3 -- ARKANSAS 72, #9 TENNESSEE 71 (OT)
February 23, 2012
Sarah Watkins hit a layup with eight seconds on the clock forcing overtime with the game tied at 62, and Lyndsay Harris hit two in overtime giving Arkansas a 72-71 win in overtime over No. 9/11 Tennessee in Knoxville, Tenn. The Razorbacks hit the final four points and held Tennessee scoreless late for the win. Harris paced Arkansas with 20 points and Watkins had 18. Senior C’eira Ricketts added 16 in the win. Arkansas’ first half effort was fantastic and they played themselves to a 31-26 lead at the break. Harris had 11 points to lead all scorers in the first 20 minutes but Arkansas’ aggressive play racked up nine fouls. The Razorbacks shot 57.9 percent in the first half hitting 11-of-19 shots and the Razorbacks did a good job defensively, holding Tennessee to 9-for-20 from the floor and forcing 10 Lady Vol turnovers. Tennessee came out much more aggressive defensively in the second half and outscored Arkansas 36-31 in the second half but Watkins layup allowed Arkansas to hold on to the tie and force the extra period. The Razorbacks finished the game hitting 25-for-50 from the floor and eight three pointers.
#4 -- #22 ARKANSAS 81, #7 GEORGIA 70
March 18, 1990
Considered for years one of the top 10 upsets in NCAA women’s tournament history, Arkansas goes to Athens, Ga., to stun the Lady Bulldogs behind 30 points from Juliet Jackson. Georgia’s strategy was to shut down Delmonica DeHorney and Blair Savage inside and isolate Amber Nicholas outside. They dared Jackson to beat them, and she did by raining down 12-of-19 from the perimeter.
#5 -- ARKANSAS 67, WISCONSIN 64
March 23, 1999
Don’t try to tell the WNIT record crowd of 14,163 fans at Walton Arena that this was the game for 65th in the country. The back-and-forth battle with the Badgers was befitting any championship. Seniors Kamara Stancle and sophomore Wendi Willits score 15 each as the team wins one for Sytia Messer’s mom who passed away 24 hours before the game.
#6 -- #22 ARKANSAS 77, #6 TENNESSEE 75
December 29, 1996
The Razorbacks make national headlines with their first-ever win over Tennessee. Sytia Messer holds Chamique Holdsclaw to a single field goal and only 7 points while Christy Smith and Kimberly Wilson go off for 21 points each. Wilson jumped on UT early, hitting her first three treys and giving Arkansas a 19-11 advantage. Defense was the difference as four turnovers keyed a 13-0 run by Arkansas, capped by a three-pointer by Sytia Messer for a 48-36 lead. Tennessee did not go away, rallying to within a point, 76-75, with :56 to play. The Lady Vols had one last chance to win the game, but missed an inside shot. Karen Jones pulled down the rebound of her life and was fouled by Tennessee. Jones’ free throw in the final seconds gave Arkansas its final margin of victory.
#7A -- ARKANSAS 74, #7 SC 46
January 27, 2002
#7B -- ARKANSAS 67, #8 VANDERBILT 57
January 31, 2002
A combination entry because they are the first time that Arkansas defeated consecutive top 10 teams at Fayetteville, and because of the circumstances around the games. The Razorbacks stumbled at USC only three weeks earlier, 91-66, and thanks to some humbling early games were 1-6 to open SEC play. Not only did Arkansas turn the season around, it did it in convincing fashion. Forcing 26 turnovers, India Lewis and Dana Cherry had 17 each as UA meted out its worst beating of a ranked team during the regular season on USC. Four days later, Shameka Christon poured in 21 to lead Arkansas past Vanderbilt as the Razorbacks controlled the game start to finish.
#8 -- #1 TEXAS 71, ARKANSAS 70
February 18, 1984
The Texas win that wasn’t. Arkansas scrapped with the top team in the nation, and got the opportunity of a lifetime with the ball and the clock running out at Barnhill Arena. Senior Amanda Holley’s baseline jumper hangs in the air, hits the bucket, rolls around the rim and falls out as the horn sounds. The Razorbacks will have three more close calls with their arch-rivals, but a basketball generation will pass before Texas falls in 1990.
#9 -- #22 ARKANSAS 90, UCLA 80 (OT)
March 14, 1990
Perhaps the most exciting overtime game in Arkansas history, the Razorbacks come back from a 10-point deficit late in the game to tie the contest and send it into overtime. Led by All-America candidate Rehema Stephens, UCLA had five players in double figures but the Bruins ran out of gas in the extra five minutes as Amber Nicholas (22 points) and Blair Savage (21 points) lead a 15-5 overtime run. Not only a memorable game, it was the first-ever win by Arkansas in the NCAA tournament and the first-ever NCAA tournament game hosted by Arkansas.
#10 -- ARKANSAS 79, KANSAS 63
March 21, 1998
The Cinderella story comes to life as Arkansas holds All-American Lynn Pride of Kansas scoreless to rally from a 32-28 halftime deficit. Sytia Messer leads the charge with a 17-point second half effort as Arkansas dominates KU, 51-31, in the final 20 minutes. After shooting only 36% in the first half, UA blisters the Jayhawks for 63% in the second.