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Ricketts, Watkins have 14 each in loss

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Ricketts, Watkins have 14 each in loss

ATHENS, Ga. — Despite 14 points from senior C’eira Ricketts and junior Sarah Watkins, the University of Arkansas women’s basketball team dropped the conference opener at No. 17/15 Georgia, 67-57, in Athens, Sunday. The loss drops Arkansas to 11-2 overall and 0-1 in the SEC while Georgia moves to 12-2 overall and 1-0 in league play. “We have to execute a little bit better both offensively and defensively,” Arkansas head coach Tom Collen said. “Despite that, we can’t let this game get to us or define us for the rest of the year. I told the team this was a learning lesson. We have to get better as we move forward.” The first 10 minutes of the game belonged to the Razorbacks as they scored, played good defense and were composed. Georgia didn’t rattle however, and tied the game on a three-pointer at the 10:05 mark of the first half and the momentum clearly shifted to the home side of the floor. Georgia closed the half on a 20-10 run that saw two, three-minute scoring lapses for the Razorbacks. Ricketts hit a big three at the buzzer of the half to pull Arkansas within 10, 28-38, at the break. Arkansas was cold to start the second half going nearly four minutes without a basket. Watkins got things rolling with back-to-back deuces but Arkansas couldn’t stop Georgia’s inside game as the Dogs continued to score as well. Watkins got into foul trouble and the Razorbacks looked rattled in the first 10 minutes of the second half. Watkins took a hard foul and sat down for a few minutes but returned to the court inspired, scoring 13 second-half points. The Germantown, Tenn., native was one rebound shy of a double-double leading Arkansas with nine rebounds. In addition to Watkins and Ricketts, Arkansas got six points from freshman Calli Berna and Ashley Daniels. The Razorbacks bettered Georgia on the boards, 39-37, despite trailing in that category early in the game. Arkansas took good care of the basketball with just eight turnovers and the Razorbacks grabbed eight steals in the game, forcing 13 Georgia turnovers. Arkansas continues SEC play at No. 7 Kentucky Thursday, who opened the second with a 59-56 win at Florida.



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