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Ricketts has 19 in loss

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Ricketts has 19 in loss

OXFORD, Miss. — University of Arkansas senior C’eria Ricketts scored 19 leading three players in double figures but it wasn’t enough to lift the Razorbacks to a win as they fell, 60-54, at Ole Miss. Arkansas, 11-5 overall and 0-4 in the Southeastern Conference, struggled through cold shooting in the second half, hitting 9-for-38 in the second frame and finishing shooting just 32.9 percent for the game. “This is a disappointing loss,” Arkansas head coach Tom Collen. “This was a game we wanted to win to jump start our confidence. We have to go back and try to do that in front of our home crowd against Auburn Sunday.” Arkansas jumped out to a quick lead going up by as many as 10 in the first half. Ricketts was good early, hitting double-digit numbers by the midpoint of the first frame. But Ole Miss wouldn’t go away. Valencia McFarland heated up from three-point range knocking down three and getting Ole Miss back in the game. Ole Miss scored and was fouled to score its 33rd point and Quistelle Williams accepted a long pass and laid it in with 46 seconds left in the half to tie the game at the break. Arkansas came out cold going 0-7 to start the second half and Ole Miss took advantage going on an 11-0 run to the first media timeout. The 33-44 lead swung the momentum firmly to the Lady Rebel side of the court and Arkansas had its hands full to mount a comeback. The Razorbacks put together a 5-0 run with a two and three-pointer from junior Sarah Watkins, closing within six, 44-50, at the 4:45 mark. Arkansas kept chipping away and closed the gap to two but Ole Miss nailed a three to stretch their lead once again. The Razorbacks got a stop but committed a foul trailing by three, 52-55, with 1:18 to go. Nikki Byrd hit the bonus shots all but sealing the win. In addition to Ricketts’ 19 points and seven rebounds, Arkansas got 11 points from Watkins and 10 from Williams. The Razorbacks out-rebounded Ole Miss by 10, 42-32, and forced the Lady Rebels into 21 turnovers. Ole Miss, however, shot 47.8 percent from the floor behind 16 from Byrd. Arkansas hosts Auburn Sunday in a 1:30 p.m. game scheduled for FSN. The game is part of the SEC’s ‘We Back Pat’ week of games honoring Tennessee head coach Pat Summitt. For more information regarding Razorback women’s basketball or University of Arkansas athletics, please visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com. NOTES: -Arkansas is 10-23 all-time against Ole Miss -Arkansas is 1-14 all-time in Oxford (first win in 2011) -Sunday’s game with Auburn is televised by FSN at 1:30 p.m. -This year’s senior class is 3-4 all-time against Ole Miss -Tom Collen is 3-5 all-time as a head coach against Ole Miss.



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