Ricketts, Watkins lead UA to big win
|women's BASkEtBALL RESULTS
|Arkansas 55, Florida State 52
|Pepperdine at Tennessee
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Sarah Wakins hit a huge three pointer and joined senior C’eira Ricketts on the all-tournament team leading the University of Arkansas to an upset win over No. 13 Florida State at the WBI Tip Off Classic in Daytona Beach, Fla., Sunday.
Arkansas (2-1) notched a hard-fought 55-52 win over FSU (2-1) and Ricketts earned tournament MVP honors. The Razorbacks return home hosting Texas-Arlington Wednesday at 11 a.m.
The game was close from the opening tip and, like the two previous contests in the tournament, very physical. The score was tied five times and there were seven lead changes until the closing moments of the game.
Arkansas was up two, 52-50, with a minute to play. Florida State got the ball inside to 6-4 post Cierra Bravard who pinned Watkins, spun and scored to tie the game at 52.
The Razorbacks got the ball back with about 40 seconds left in regulation and drove the length of the floor.
After a miss, Arkansas got the rebound and kicked the ball out to Ricketts on the right wing. Ricketts hit Watkins at the top of the key and the Germantown, Tenn., native calmly stepped up and drained a three-pointer, her first of the season, with the clock winding down.
The third pointer gave Arkansas the 55-52 lead but FSU had the ball and several timeouts. They brought the ball up the floor but missed the shot. The Razorbacks tied the ball up with Watkins scrapping on the floor for the rebound. That left just two seconds on the clock and after several timeouts, FSU in bounded the ball. It was stolen by freshman Calli Berna sealing the Razorback win.
“I wasn’t really thinking about anything,” Watkins said of the three pointer. “I just let it go.”
The Razorbacks shot 32.1 percent from the floor on 17-of-53 shooting. Wakins led the team with 15 points and nine rebounds in 29 minutes. Ricketts had 13 points, five rebounds, and three steals. Senior Lyndsay Harris added 10 and hit two three pointers for Arkansas.
“We need contributions from everybody,” head coach Tom Collen said. “We got that today. I was proud of everyone today. I think out bench was the difference. I thought maybe our bench was a little deeper than then bench especially late in the game.”
For the tournament, Ricketts led the team with 46 points and had 17 rebounds. Watkins added 40 points and 16 boards while Harris scored 35 over the three games.