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Oh so close

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Oh so close

ATHENS, Ga. – Junior Lyndsay Harris had 22 and sophomore Sarah Watkins had her third double-double with 16 points and 14 rebounds but the University of Arkansas suffered a 57-54 overtime loss at No. 24 Georgia in Athens, Ga., Thursday.

"That was sure a disappointing loss," Arkansas head coach Tom Collen. "We showed a lot of poise and did some things really well. It was not for lack of effort that we lost that game. We had a few too many turnovers and that was probably the difference down the stretch."

Harris had five threes in the second half and was a play-maker for Arkansas. Ricketts finished her night with 10 points and five rebounds.

"Lyndsay kept us in the game," Collen said. "This would have been a great, great win but this was still a great effort. The key for us is bouncing back. We have six games at home and we have to take care of business."

The fast-paced battle came down to the wire in regulation. Arkansas had a two-point, 47-45 lead, with 2:24 remaining after a big three from Harris.

Harris committed a foul on the next Georgia possession and the Lady Dogs got both bonus shots with 1:59 on the clock in regulation. Arkansas busted up the court and missed a long shot. Watkins rebounded but the ball was taken away by Georgia. The Lady Dogs had two good looks at the basket but missed both sending the game into overtime.

The overtime period, the first for the Razorbacks this year, opened with a long jumper from Watkins but Georgia’s Porsha Phillips heated up scoring for the home team.

The overtime mirrored the second half with teams trading baskets until it was tied at 54 with 33 seconds remaining.

Arkansas committed a foul on a Georgia shot and the Lady Dogs hit the first of two bonus shots to take a one-point lead. The Razorbacks had a chance with 13 seconds on the clock in overtime but an errant pass on the in-bounds play sealed the Georgia win.

The Razorbacks finished with 19 turnovers while Georgia committed just eight in the game. Arkansas out-rebounded Georgia 48-47 but the Lady Dogs got 16 bench points in the victory.

Arkansas weathered a 10:50 stretch without a field goal in the first half taking a 22-20 lead into the break at the half. Arkansas opened strong with a double-digit lead but went cold from the field as Georgia put together a run.

The difference for Arkansas was the rebounding as the Razorbacks out-rebounded Georgia, 30-20, in the opening frame. Arkansas was able to slow Georgia down limiting second-chance points to just four for the Lady Dogs.

Watkins had nine points and nine rebounds in the first 20 minutes leading Arkansas at the break.

Arkansas returns home hosting South Carolina in a 3 p.m. game in Bud Walton Arena.



Sports Category : Basketball (W)