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Arkansas wins in double OT

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Arkansas wins in double OT

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Five University of Arkansas players were in double figures leading the Razorback women’s basketball team to a 73-72 double-overtime win over Florida in Bud Walton Arena Sunday. Arkansas (16-5, 5-4 SEC) has won five Southeastern Conference games in a row with the victory over the Gators (13-8, 3-5 SEC). Junior Sarah Watkins led the Razorbacks with 17 points, six rebounds and four blocks. Senior Ashley Daniels finished with 13 points and nine rebounds followed by 12 points, four assists, three steals and seven rebounds from senior C’eira Ricketts. Senior Lyndsay Harris added 11 points and sophomore Dominique Robinson had 10 points and eight rebounds in the win. “It was a great game and the fans got behind us and made a huge difference,” Arkansas head coach Tom Collen said. “Florida frustrated us in the first half and we struggled but our leadership was fantastic and we pulled it out.” Arkansas trailed by 12 at halftime and by as many as 14 in the second half before putting together an amazing run. Down 10 with 4:06 to play in regulation, the Razorbacks went on a 12-2 run to tie the game at 62 and force the first overtime period. The Razorbacks shot just 35.5 percent in the first frame and stepped up shooting 54.2 percent in the second frame on 13-for-24 from the floor. The teams were even with seven points each in the first overtime period forcing a second OT, the first double overtime game for Arkansas since the 2006-07 season. The Gators scored first in the final five minutes and went up three, 69-72, with 2:40 to play. Watkins drained a 17-foot jumper pulling Arkansas within one and igniting the crowd. Watkins next blocked a Gator attempt, one of her four blocks in the game, and it was followed by a Florida foul sending Ricketts to the line. Ricketts could not convert on the bonus shots but managed to harass the Gator in bound play with under a minute to go on the clock. Watkins picked up the loose ball and fed Daniels for the lay in and what be the game winning shot. Florida had a chance at the end of the game and in bounded the ball with seven seconds on the clock. Freshman Calli Berna grabbed the ball and tied it up leaving just two seconds for the Gators. They were unable to convert and Arkansas escaped with the one-point win. Arkansas was 4-for-9 and 3-for-6 from the line in the overtime period. They finished the game shooting 43.8 percent and out-rebounded Florida 39-37 for the contest. Arkansas returns to the floor Thursday hosting Alabama in a 7 p.m. game. Log on to ArkansasRazorbacks.com for tickets. For more information regarding Razorback women’s basketball or University of Arkansas athletics, please visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com. NOTES -Arkansas is 8-20 all-time against Florida -Arkansas has lost three in a row to Florida prior to today’s win -Arkansas has won five SEC games in a row. Arkansas won five SEC games in a row in the 2008-09 season going into the WNIT. -Arkansas hosts Alabama Feb. 2 and has a bye on Sunday (Super Bowl Sunday) -First game of the year for the Razorbacks with five players (all starters) in double figures -Arkansas is 2-0 in overtime games this year and 1-0 in double overtime games.



Sports Category : Basketball (W)