AUBURN, Ala. (UofA) – Junior Sarah Watkins hit a big two and senior Ashley Daniels
was clutch from the free throw line leading the University of Arkansas
women's basketball team to a 51-48 road win at Auburn Sunday.
Arkansas moved to 19-5 overall and 8-4 in the SEC while Auburn fell to 11-15, 3-10. The victory is the eighth consecutive SEC game, a program record.
"I'm very proud of this team," head coach Tom Collen said. "We came in here and won ugly but we won."
Watkins finished with a game-high 14 points and eight rebounds. Daniels added 10 points and six boards while Lyndsay Harris and Calli Berna had nine each for Arkansas.
Arkansas was flat to start the game and the Tigers took advantage of that keeping the score close early. Arkansas trailed by two, 18-16, at the seven minute mark of the first half but was shooting 43 percent on 6-for-14 from the floor. The Razorbacks, however, had 11 turnovers at that point.
The game wore on and the Razorbacks were cold going without a field goal for 5:33 in the first half. They kept the game close and were tied at 25 with four seconds left on the clock. The Tigers in bounded the ball and hit a three at the buzzer to take a 28-25 lead into the break. Turnovers were a problem for both teams as Arkansas had 14 and Auburn 13 in the first 20 minutes.
Ricketts got one of two steals at the 3:45 mark to give her the Arkansas career record for steals with 294. She finished the game with four steals.
The back-and-fourth battle continued in the second half with neither team able to control the action. The game was tied 11 times and there were 12 lead changes until the 1:20 mark in the game when it would be tied for the final time.
Watkins would hit a tough jumper in the paint with 32 seconds on the clock that would give Arkansas the two point lead. The teams traded timeouts and Auburn drove the ball in a Arkansas committed the foul but the Tigers only got one of two bonus shots.
Arkansas got the ball back with five seconds on the clock and tried to hold it but Daniels was fouled. She made both giving Arkansas the 51-48 lead with three seconds left in the game.
Auburn flew up the court but didn't get a shot off as the Razorbacks held on to win.
Arkansas shot 34 percent from the floor on 18-for-53. The Razorbacks edge Auburn, 35-34, in rebounding and grabbed 10 steals in the win.
The Razorbacks return home hosting LSU Feb. 16, in the team's annual Pink Game. Call the Razorback Ticket Center at 575-5151 for tickets.