7:45 p.m. — As the fans call the hogs, that’s it from Gwinnett Center. Video later this evening from the press conference.
7:44 p.m. — Vandy mishandles, then the ball gets loose from the Razorbacks. Upcourt. Hurry, Hurry, look at the clock, oh my, Ford turns and shoot a three at the buzzer, but it comes up short. Final in OT, Vandy 65, Arkansas 64.
7:42 p.m. — This is Arkansas’ first overtime game at the SEC Tournament. Same for Vandy. Vanderbilt, BTW, has never lost at Gwinnett Center. They won the tournament last time it was held here in Duluth, Ga.
7:41 p.m. — VU misses, Ricketts drives and it JUST rims out. Shot clock differential is 8 seconds. Time out Vandy with 15.6 left to play and 7 on the shot clock.
7:39 p.m. — Ricketts tries to return the favor, miss; VU miss and Ford goes for three; UA rebound, inside to Ford and she draws the foul. Marsh gets her third and team 10th. Two for Ford, who tonight became a 900-plus point career scorer at Arkansas. Ford gets both to pull it to 65-64.
7:37 p.m. — Rhoads breaks on Ricketts, Ricketts makes her third personal foul and Rhoads gets the chance for the and-one. She makes the FT, 65-62 Vandy at 2:25.
7:36 p.m. — VU miss and Robinson gets the rebound; she gets fouled by Silinski for a 1-and-1; good and good, we’re tied, 62-62.
7:35 p.m. — Rhoads beats the shot clock and gives VU back the lead, 62-60, 3:18 in OT.
7:34 p.m. — Marsh answers with a three from in front of the VU bench, 60-60, 3:59.
7:32 p.m. — Ford drives inside, draws the fourth foul from Tuomi, misses both, but the rebound to UA and Robinson drains her fourth three-pointer. 60-57 Arkansas.
7:30 p.m. — We go to OT. This is the first overtime game involving the 12 seed, and this is the last OT game at the SEC tournament was UT-UG in the semifinals in 2004.
7:29 p.m. — Harris goes the length for the layup and we’re tied. May have scored too fast. Luedders brings it up and rims out the game winner.
7:28 p.m. — 18.5 left and Arkansas’ ball to inbound down by two, 57-55.
7:26 p.m. — 32.9 and 27 on the shot clock as we resume. Vandy being very careful. Ford called for a foul at midcourt for Arkansas 7th team foul. The crowd reacts with surprise to the foul. Marsh at the line, and she comes up short. Rebound by Arkansas, whistle, why? Daniels has twisted her ankle. Injury time out. Now called time out for Arkansas.
7:25 p.m. — MTM FCP from Arkansas, struggle to get the ball to Tuomi, she gets trapped by Ricketts and Watkins; VU bench calls a possession saving time out (although the arrow favored VU if it was a tie ball).
7:24 p.m. — Remember, low seeds both won the opening games today.
7:24 p.m. — Ricketts gets the jumper to pull it back to two and Tom Collen calls the time out. 36 seconds on the clock for Vanderbilt to inbound up by two, 55-55.
7:23 p.m. — Rhoads goes back door, and unfortunately could be a back breaker, 57-53, with 58 seconds.
7:22 p.m. — Tuomi’s blind hook throw shot — gosh awkward but it got nothing but the bottom of the net, 55-53 Vandy at 1:16, Arkansas takes a time out.
7:21 p.m. — Daniels ties it at 53-53 with 2:01, the 4th tie of the game (which has also had 6 lead changes).
7:20 p.m. — 12th seed has only beaten the 5th seed just two times in SEC women’s tournament history; will Arkansas be the third tonight?
7:19 p.m. — Final media time out of the game, score still 53-51.
7:15 p.m. — Backdoor by Rhoads takes the VU run to 7-0, 53-51 Commodores and Collen calls a time out.
7:14 p.m. — Marsh gets the three off an aggressive screen, then Rhoads gets the breakaway layup. 5-0 run to tie it at 51-51.
7:13 p.m. — Ford hits another three-pointer, 51-46 Arkansas and Vandy calls the TO.
7:10 p.m. — Block-charge, who gets it, Silinski! Turnover to UA, and Ford’s three-pointer gets Arkansas its largest lead so far, 48-44 Arkansas, 5:59.
7:08 p.m. — It just got real in Duluth as Robinson hit her third three-pointer and an Arkansas lead, 45-44, 6:57.
7:06 p.m. — Know said this earlier, but grinding is the best way to describe Arkansas’ work ethic. Vandy cannot get away from UA at this point, and the relentlessness of the Razorbacks is keeping them into the game.
7:06 p.m. — 7:47 2nd media TO, Vandy 44, UA 42; Ford at 13 now for UA with 5 boards and 4 assists; senior guard does not want career to end just yet.
7:04 p.m. — Two throws for Vandy, but Ford cranks another three, 44-42 VU now at 8:25.
7:01 p.m. — Razorbacks keep the margin three, 42-39, with 9:59 left. A game that is grinding along for both teams. The fifth seed is not looking particularly sharp and Arkansas refuses to let VU pull away.
6:58 p.m. — 11:12 media timeout, Razorbacks led by Ford with 10 points, March with 13 for VU.
6:57 p.m. — Razorbacks staying close, throws by Watkins make it three points again, 40-37. Dores pull it back to five, 42-37.
6:51 p.m. — Vanderbilt shooting 14% to open the second half to 50% for Arkansas; first media timeout of second half, 36-31 Vandy.
6:48 p.m. — Ford throws one in — literally — and it’s a 7-0 run at 33-31; Dores finally answer with a 3pt from Marsh, 36-31.
6:44 p.m. — Ricketts to the rack and its a 5-0 run for Arkansas, and Vandy wants a timeout. 16:56 left and the margin is just four, 33-29.
6:42 p.m. — Lyndsey Harris gets the kind roll for her first three-pointer of the day, she’s 2-2 overall for 5 points, and Arkansas back to within five, 33-27.
6:40 p.m. — Second half is underway, Rose of Vandy hits a short jumper and its’s 33-22 VU.
6:21 p.m. — Teams trade hustle plays, but Arkansas looks like it will get one last look, patient offense, but a travel negates the chance for Robinson to shoot a wide open three. Last shot of half now belongs to VU. Turnover, UA gets a heave, but we go to locker rooms at 31-22.
6:19 p.m. — Watkins breaks the streak with a nice power layup in the lane, but Lueders’ jumper keeps the VU margin 9, 31-22.
6:18 p.m. — Three for Gabby Smith makes it a 9-0 VU run to 29-20.
6:17 p.m. — The other area hurting the Razorbacks is the free throw line. Marsh just made a pair to make it 26-20 VU, and Commodores have 9-14 at the stripe versus 3-3 for UA.
6:15 p.m. — Final media, VU 24-20 at 3:54; Robinson, Ford 8 pts each to lead all scorers; both teams shooting poor, VU’s only big adv is boards 21-14.
6:12 p.m. — . . . as we come back from TO, is rebounds. Robinson got one, but then commits the player control foul. VU is 21-13 ahead on the boards here at 4:03
6:11 p.m. — Rhoads puts VU back ahead, 22-20, then a second-chance layup from Silinski draws a time out from Tom Collen. Silinski has come off the bench for 5 pts 3 rebounds to keep VU moving. Razorbacks shooting only 30.4% at this time, and Arkansas’ defense is frustrating VU down to 34.8%. Turnovers are almost even, 7-6 for VU. The difference . . .
6:09 p.m. — Ford regains the lead for UA with a three-pointer deep in the right corner, 20-20.
6:08 p.m. — Silinski draws the foul inside, goes to line for pair. She has given VU a boost since checking in, and the last three VU points, Vandy up 19-17 at 6:36.
6:03 p.m. — Silinski checks in for Vandy at the TO, and breaks a four shot miss streak with a put back for Vandy, 18-17.
6:02 p.m. — Vanderbilt head coach Melanie Balcomb calls a time out after Daniels gets the rebound of Rees’ in-and-out three-pointer and sticks it back in for the first lead of the game for Arkansas 17-16.
6:00 p.m. — Lueders gets the 3pt lid off for VU, 16-13 at 9:40. Daniels returns with a short jumper to make it a one-point game, 16-15.
6:00 p.m. — Robinson strikes again as Vandy doesn’t cover the freshman; her shot ties the game and her eight points makes her the game leader, 13-13.
5:58 p.m. — Robinson sinks the first 3pt of the day for either team to pull UA within one, 11-10. Vandy tries a quick counter attack, does get the foul on Sarah Watkins, Clarke gets both FTs to go, 13-10 VU.
5:56 p.m. — At the second media timeout, Razorbacks trail 5th-seed Vanderbilt 11-7; forcing 4 TOs from ‘Dores; defense overcoming 20% FG by UA. Meanwhile, Vandy is hitting about average for this season at 40%. Ford still leads UA with 5, Marsh has 6 for VU.
5:54 p.m. — MTM FCP continues for Arkansas, it is slowing and frustrating Vandy at times. Ricketts flashes for steal and draws a foul to take us to the second media time out.
5:50 p.m. — Robinson works the Dores for a drive and a foul. She’ll have two shots and the chance to break up a mini-run of 4-0 by Vandy. She gets both, and it’s 9-7 VU.
5:46 p.m. — All Ford so far for Arkansas at the first media time out. The senior guard has all of Arkansas points, hitting 40% from the field (2-5). Although, only two other Razorbacks have shot the ball — a little misleading to say the rest of the team is hitting 0%. Commodores hitting 42.9% to start the game.
5:45 p.m. — Vandy changes to man, and we head to the first media timeout.
5:45 p.m. — Razorbacks put on the full court press, turnover to Arkansas.
5:44 p.m — Vandy gets the bucket back, but a low-post screen by McCray for Ford and its 7-5. Ford, the senior, playing like she doesn’t want her career to end tonight.
5:43 p.m. — Nice swing across the zone for Arkansas, the overload gives Charity Ford one-on-one to the baseline. She drives and draws the foul, 5-3 on completing the three-point play.
5:41 p.m. — Free throw for Vandy to go to 3-0; Commodores using their swarming 2-3 to keep pushing Arkansas further and further out. Razorbacks are 0-3 to start, 0-2 from three point range. Break away layoup for VU takes it to 5-0.
5:39 p.m. — First bucket to Vandy, but it’s another defensive start for both teams, 2-0 Vandy at 18:14
5:38 p.m. — And we’re underway. I will tell you we have had internet connectivity trouble all day, so be patient with the updates.
5:14 p.m. — See Shameka Christon right behind our blog position. She is Arkansas’ honoree this year in the SEC Legends program. If you don’t remember the Razorbacks’ first women’s Associated Press All-American and WNBA first round draft pick (now 2009 WNBA All-Star), jump here to our feature story today with a short video.
5:07 p.m. — Welcome back to Duluth; we are on the 30 minute clock. Here are the starters — Vandy, Lueders, Rhoades, Marsh, Brown, Tuomi; Arkansas — Ricketts, Harris, Ford, Daniels, Rees.
We’ll have periodic updates before tonight’s tipoff at 5:30 p.m. (6:30 ET) between Arkansas and fifth-seeded Vanderbilt.
3:35 p.m. — Auburn 74, Florida 61 — the upsets continue; good news for lower-seeded Arkansas with Vandy as the first two games today saw the lower seed win. We’ll have a two hour break now until the Razorbacks tip.
3:21 p.m. — Looks like the upset trend is rolling, 10th seed Auburn is leading Florida, 65-56, with 1:39 left to play.
1:30 p.m. — Auburn and Florida about to take the court for game two today from Duluth.
1:01 p.m. — Game one is in the books, Ole Miss keeps USC from advancing. If the Gamecocks won, it would have only been their fourth tournament win. Rebels advance to face top seed Tennessee tomorrow at the same time noon eastern.
12:59 p.m. — We’re about to have our first upset of the day, Ole Miss at No. 9 seed at the line to ice. Miss, but USC calls time out with 1.5 seconds left, trailing 64-63 and length of the floor to go.
12:24 p.m. — Today’s Razorback game with Vandy will be on the SEC Network, and it will also stream in video at ESPN360. To hear Kyle Kellams and Jeri Thorpe on the Razorback Sports Network from ISP, click over to RazorVision.
12:00 p.m. — The SEC women’s tournament is underway, and South Carolina is currently giving Ole Miss a scare in the opening game. That’s the way it goes at the SECs — no seed is safe — although in the 8-9 game that’s a difference without distinction. Still, it was an 10-run start — 10-0 for USC in points and 0-of-10 from the field by Ole Miss.
11:00 a.m. — Good morning from Duluth. The Razorbacks held their shootaround this morning early.