2012 SEC Women's Basketball Tournament
Game 3: #5 Arkansas 67, #12 Ole Miss 47
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – All-Southeastern Conference First-Team selection C’eira Ricketts led the University of Arkansas women’s basketball team to a 67-47 win over Ole Miss in the first round of the SEC Tournament in Nashville, Tenn., Thursday. The win snaps a six-game conference tournament losing streak for the Razorbacks.
The Razorbacks (22-7) face fourth-seed LSU at 6:30 p.m.
Ricketts dropped in a team-leading 10 points and the Razorbacks hit nine three pointers tying a program best for an SEC Tournament game. Senior Lyndsay Harris added nine points as did sophomore Dominique Robinson. Arkansas shot 49 percent from the game hitting 25-of-51 from the floor.
“It was a great win,” said SEC Coach of the Year Tom Collen. “It is nice to snap that SEC Tournament losing streak.”
Arkansas opened the game with an 8-0 run and never trailed in the contest, avenging an earlier season loss to the Lady Rebels (12-17). Arkansas shot 51.9 percent in the first half as they forced 12 Ole Miss turnovers in the first 20 minutes.
“I think we have been a pretty good defensive team all year,” Collen said. “It has been a focus for us all season and I think it was a difference maker in the opening minutes of the game.”
Arkansas held a 36-17 lead after the first half and continued to roll in the second as their lead was never in doubt.
Collen was able to clear the bench playing all 13 players by the final buzzer.
LSU received a bye in the first round and the Tigers and Razorbacks split the two regular season contests.
2012 SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament
Game 3 – Thursday, March 1 –6:30 p.m.
#12 Mississippi vs. #5 Arkansas
• Ole Miss is now 12-18 on the year, 25-33 all-time in the SEC Tournament .
• The 12th seeded team has not won an SEC Tournament game since Kentucky in the 2002 event.
• Ole Miss ends the season having lost its final 12 games.
• Freshman forward Danielle McCray scored 14 points to set a new career high. She was the only Rebel in double-figures.
• Ole Miss won the rebounding battle 29-27
• Arkansas is now 22-7 on the season, 10-20 all-time in the SEC Tournament and will advance to play LSU at 6:30 on Friday.
• This is the Razorbacks first win in the SEC Tournament since 2005.
• Arkansas started the game on an 8-0 run and never trailed. The game was never tied.
• Senior guard C’eira Ricketts scored 10 points, her 17th game in double-figures on the season and the 82nd of her career.
• Ricketts was the only Razorback in double figures, but 10 different players scored, including sophomore forward Dominique Robinson and senior guard Lyndsay Harris scored nine each.
• Junior forward Quistelle Williams led Arkansas with seven rebounds and also contributed seven points.
• Arkansas won the battle of bench points, 27-20 and points off turnovers, 28-8.
• The Razorbacks attempted 51 field goals, the fewest for the team in an SEC Tournament game.
• Arkansas shot 50% from three-point range (9-18), setting a new team high in SEC Tournament play.