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    Arkansas 65, South Florida 61 (OT)
    Alabama 72, Nicholls State 51

    Ricketts leads Arkansas to OT win

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Senior C’eira Ricketts scored four of the first six points in overtime and had 28 in the game leading the University of Arkansas to a 65-61 extra frame win over South Florida at the WBI Tip-Off Classic in Daytona Beach, Fla., Saturday.
    Tied at 56 at the end of regulation, Arkansas (1-1) scored the first six points of OT and hung on for the win.  USF (0-2) cut the lead to one, 61-62, but Ricketts was fouled and hit one of two to hold on to the advantage.  She would hit two more to give Arkansas the win.
    Ricketts finished with 28 points, one shy of her career best of 29 set at Vanderbilt last year.  She had nine rebounds, six assists and eight steals, also a career best.
    “C’eria – what can I say?” Arkansas head coach Tom Collen.  “She stepped up and had a big game today.  She really stood out but you can go back and look at the last four minutes and Calli (Berna) had a big steal, Sarah (Watkins) hit some key free throws, two free throws off the bench by Dominique (Robinson) and that is the key for us.  We have to have everyone contribute and we got more of that tonight.”
    Arkansas trailed at the half, 24-25, after USF got out to a quick start with a seven point lead.  After fighting within one at the break, the Razorbacks were able to stretch out a seven point lead twice in the second half behind Ricketts’ inspired play.
    USF, however, rallied back and grabbed the lead with 2:15 to play in regulation.  The physical game saw the Razorbacks get into foul trouble but they were able to stay close in the closing minutes, tying the game at 65 with less than a minute to play.
    Watkins was fouled with the clock ticking down but had to go to the bench after hitting the floor hard.  Robinson stepped in from the bench and drained both bonus shots giving Arkansas a two-point lead with 51 seconds on the clock.
    USF in bounded the ball and drove the length of the court.  Arkansas was unable to get the stop as Caitln Rowe tied the game with a layup forcing overtime.
    The final five minutes saw the Razorbacks outscore USF 9-5 as the Bulls first points came with under a minute to play.
    Arkansas finished the game shooting 34.8 percent on 24-for-69 from the floor.  Arkansas was just 3-for12 from three-point distance and 14-24 from the free throw line.  They were out-rebounded by USF 48-47.
    Ricketts was the only player in double digits for Arkansas.  Senior Lyndsay Harris had eight, Wakins added seven and Robinson had six.  Ashley Daniels grabbed 12 rebounds to go with Ricketts’ nine.


    Alabama Women’s Basketball Wins Big in Season Opener with 72-51 Victory over Nicholls State

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Junior Meghan Perkins scored 13 points to lead the Alabama women’s basketball team to a 72-51 victory over Nicholls State in Foster Auditorium on Saturday. The Crimson Tide opens its season with a 1-0 record, while the Colonels dip to 0-1.

    “I thought our intensity level picked up during the second half,” said Alabama head coach Wendell Hudson. “I don’t know if it’s first game jitters or whatever you want to call it. The first five minutes in the first half we did not have that intensity level like we’ve had in practice and the exhibition game. You can see this team has a lot of potential though. We have the chance to have a really good basketball team.”

    The first half was back-and-forth between the Tide and the Colonels, with the teams trading baskets on several possessions. Alabama led 29-25 going into the break.

    Alabama started off the second on a 14-4 run and led by as many as 21 points in the half. Senior Ericka Russell finished with 11 points, nine of them coming in the second half on three-pointers, leading to her 1,000th career point. Juniors Celiscia Farmer and Kyra Crosby and sophomore Khristin Lee added nine points each. Farmer also had eight boards for the Tide.

    For the game, Alabama scored 22 points off of 19 Colonels turnovers. The Tide also had tremendous help from the bench, with its reserves contributing 34 of Alabama’s 72 points. Freshman Aneesah Daniels added seven points and was the leading rebounder with 10 boards.