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Watkins’ 15 lifts Arkansas

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Watkins’ 15 lifts Arkansas

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — The game was as good as billed as the University of Arkansas women’s basketball team escaped with a 59-53 road win at Middle Tennessee State Saturday. Sarah Watkins paced the team with 15 points despite being in foul trouble early. Dominique Robinson had 13 pints and C’eira Ricketts added 12 for the Razorbacks. Robinson led the team with six rebounds. Arkansas enjoyed a 12-point first half lead but MTSU rallied in the second taking a one-point lead on three-point basket at the 3:38 mark changing the game. The crowd got back into the game and the atmosphere gave MTSU the confidence to hit some big three pointers keeping the pressure on the Razorbacks. Arkansas outscored MTSU 10-6 in the final 3:29 of the game securing the win but it was not without some scares by the home team late. “We knew it would be this kind of game,” Arkansas head coach Tom Collen said. “They were a good pressure team and they stepped up in the second half. Our success came from the bench after we got some players in foul trouble. I thought we did a good job maintaining our composure and hitting free throws down the stretch. I’m really proud of the this team and of this win.” As the clock wore down, MTSU had to foul Arkansas repeatedly as they were not over the limit. Watkins went 5-for-5 in the final three minutes of the game helping lift the Razorbacks. Arkansas anticipated a fast-paced, up-tempo game and got it from the Blue Raiders in the opening minutes. The Razorbacks took care of the ball early and hit a couple of quick shots building the confidence they needed. Arkansas opened with a 5-0 run, holding MTSU scoreless until the 14:55 mark of the first period. Arkansas led by as many as 12 in the first half but MTSU recovered and found its offense as the period wore on. Ricketts hit the first basket of the game for the Razorbacks and Watkins, Robinson and Lyndsay Harris, along with Ricketts, all had threes in the first half allowing Arkansas to get out to a 29-19 halftime lead. The Razorbacks return to action Tuesday hosting Stephen F. Austin at 7 p.m. in a game that will be televised by Cox Sports Television. Chuck Barrett and Cindy Stein have the call.



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