NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Taylor Gault scored 21 points and Arkansas-Little Rock closed with an 11-5 run to beat Arkansas State 78-72 in the final of the Sun Belt tournament Saturday night.
Top-seeded Little Rock (28-4) earned a spot in the NCAA Tournament with its third tournament title in five years.
Alexius Dawn had 17 points and five steals, and Ka'Nesheia Cobbins added 15 points, six assists and five rebounds for the Trojans.
Sun Belt Player of the Year Aundrea Gamble led Arkansas State (23-10) with 27 points, but did not score in the last 6:50 and committed a costly turnover that led to the Trojans' clinching basket. Jasmine Hunt added 11 points for the Red Wolves.