2012 SEC Women's Basketball Tournament
Game 7: #4 LSU 41, #5 Arkansas 40
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Adrienne Webb’s heroic three-pointer capped a remarkable 8-0 run and All-America candidate LaSondra Barrett blocked a potential game-winning shot in the final second as No. 4 seed LSU stunned No. 5 seed Arkansas, 41-40, to advance to the Southeastern Conference Tournament semifinals on Friday night in Bridgestone Arena.
LSU (21-9) scored the game’s final eight points after trailing 40-33 with 1:59 left on the clock. The Lady Tigers will take on top-seeded Kentucky at 3 p.m. CT Saturday in the first semifinal live on ESPNU and ESPN3.com. It represents the ninth time in the past 11 seasons that LSU will play in the semifinals. It’s the Lady Tigers’ first semifinal appearance since 2009 in North Little Rock, Ark.
“I'm proud of my team for showing resilience, staying together and coming out with the win,” said LSU head coach Nikki Caldwell. “I feel like this team, through all of its ups and downs, adversities, that they have exemplified the characteristics of a champion. Tonight it showed in their play.”
Arkansas (22-8) fell to 0-2 all-time against LSU in the SEC Tournament and the Razorbacks have positioned themselves with a solid NCAA Tournament at-large berth despite the elimination. The Razorbacks opened the game 0-of-16 from the floor, built as big a lead as seven and let it slip away.
Webb finished with a team-high 15 points and two clutch threes in the final two minutes. Courtney Jones added 10 points, was 6-of-6 from the free throw line and added six rebounds. Jeanne Kenney dished out six assists and Barrett scored eight points after being plagued by foul trouble for most of the game.
Arkansas’ C’eira Ricketts, who finished with a game-high 17 points, converted two crucial shots with the shot clock winding down that put LSU in a seemingly insurmountable situation by a score of 40-33 with 1:59 to play. Webb then nailed the first of her two threes from the left wing and Ricketts turned it over on the other end.
On the Lady Tigers’ ensuing possession, Kenney followed up two missed shots with a runner off the glass that cut the lead to 40-38 with 41 seconds remaining. LSU played stellar defense on Arkansas’ possession, forcing a Ricketts miss. Barrett grabbed the rebound and then found Webb who swished the go-ahead three from the right wing making it 41-40 Lady Tigers with nine seconds to play. It was LSU’s first lead since the 18:37 mark of the second half.
Arkansas coach Tom Collen called a timeout with 8.3 seconds remaining and the Razorbacks having to go the length of the floor on the final possession. Ricketts penetrated through the lane and Barrett stepped up and swatted her shot as the final horn sounded.
“I just kept thinking back to the speech that coach gave us in the locker room about,” Webb said. “We are champions, just thinking about that moment. I just kept thinking, We are champions, we are champions. It showed in the shot.”
“It's one of my favorite motivational speeches that I've heard,” Caldwell said. “It's entitled, Who am I? It talks about things that you won't accept. You won't accept defeat. It talks about how you will stand together through thick and thin, through adversity. You lean on your teammates.”
LSU shot 40.0 percent for the game, while Arkansas finished 23.3 percent after shooting 17.2 percent in the first half. The Lady Tigers committed 24 turnovers that led to 18 Razorback points and saw an early eight-point LSU lead slip away.
Arkansas misfired on its first 16 shots before Ashley Daniels’ layup with 8:44. LSU led 12-4 before committing a series of turnovers that gave the Razorbacks take their first lead on a Ricketts three with 1:54 to go in the first half.
2012 SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament
Game 7 – Friday, March 2 – 6:30 p.m.
#5 Arkansas vs. #4 LSU
• This was the lowest-scoring game in SEC Tournament history, with 81 combined points. The previous record was 88, set in a 49-39 Mississippi State win over South Carolina in 2009.
• Arkansas is now 22-8 on the season, 10-21 all-time in the SEC Tournament .
• Arkansas started the game 0-16 from the field, with senior forward Ashley Daniels recording the first FG with a layup with 8:44 left in the first half.
• Senior guard C’eira Ricketts scored 17 points, her 18th game in double-figures on the season and the 83rd of her career.
• Ricketts was the only Razorback in double figures for the second consecutive game
• Senior forward Ashley Daniels led Arkansas with 12 rebounds, the fourth time she has recorded double-digit rebounds, 14th time in her career.
• Arkansas won the battle of bench points, 7-3 and points off turnovers, 18-9.
• LSU is now 21-9 on the season, 30-30 all-time in the SEC Tournament and will advance to play in Saturday’s semifinals.
• The Tigers advance to the semifinals for the first time since 2009.
• LSU set a new SEC Tournament record for fewest field goals attempted with 35, breaking the previous mark of 40, set by Vanderbilt against Georgia in 1992.
• The 14 made field goals tied the previous SEC Tournament record low, which has now been done 7 times.
• The 41 points scored marks the fewest scored by an LSU team in SEC Tournament play, breaking a previous low of 46, set twice against Vanderbilt, in 2000 and 2007.
• LSU takes the season series from Arkansas, 2-1, after each team won on the other’s home court in the regular season.
• The Tigers led at the half 19-18 and are now 16-1 when leading at the half, 8-0 against SEC opponents.
• LSU has now held nine SEC opponents under 50 points, which sets a new school record, previously held by the 2007-08 team with eight.
• Senior forward LaSondra Barrett recorded three rebounds, moving her in the top 10 on the LSU career list with 783.
• Junior guard Adrienne Webb led LSU with 15 points and, with her two three-pointers made, took sole possession of sixth place on LSU’s career list with 121.