PLAYER OF THE GAME
With a young Arkansas team opening up SEC play at home against No. 12/13 South Carolina, it was only fitting that the team's lone senior, Keira Peak, led the way and set the tone. Honored before the game for surpassing the milestone of 500 career rebounds, Peak left it all out on the Bud Walton Arena court Thursday night in efforts to get her team back in the game. Peak seemed to find a way to hit the big shots and find the energy buckets all night long, on her way to recording a team-high 14 points (7-14 FG), three rebounds and three steals.
SIXTH PLAYER OF THE GAME
With Arkansas in need of a spark from off the bench, Kelsey Brooks delivered in her first SEC action. The freshman recorded nine points and six rebounds in 26 minutes off the bench, including hitting a big three-point basket late in the game to pull the team within eight points. Brooks was also 4-for-4 from the free-throw line.
TURNING POINT OF THE GAME
Jessica Jackson shook off early shooting struggles and stepped into one of the game's biggest shots, finding nothing but net on a three-pointer that cut the USC lead to just 49-45 with 1:13 to in the game. Despite trailing by as much as 16 points in the second half, the big shot gave the Razorbacks a legitimate shot at completing the comeback. Jackson tied with Peak for a team-high 14 points on the night.
STAT OF THE GAME
4:38: Fighting to give itself a chance and generate a late rally, the Razorbacks held the Gamecocks without a field goal the final 4:38 of the game.