Jan 12, 2003
By JENNY MARBERRY
Associated Press Writer
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Dana Cherry and Ruby Vaden each scored 14 points as No. 11 Arkansas beat No. 13 South Carolina 67-58 Sunday.
Jocelyn Penn scored 19 points for the Gamecocks (13-2, 1-1) and pulled down 13 rebounds as well, and Koretha Johnson added 15 points. The win was Arkansas coach Gary Blair’s 400th career victory.
In the last minute of play, South Carolina committed four fouls under its basket, allowing Arkansas (14-2, 1-0 SEC) to add six points to a 61-55 lead.
The Gamecocks started the game with a 7-2 run, but a steal and layup from Cherry brought the Lady Razorbacks to 9-6.
The Lady Razorbacks took a 21-20 lead when Vaden scored inside. But the lead was short-lived as Sarah Burgess hit a 3-pointer for a 23-21 lead.
Dana Cherry scored four points in the closing seconds of the first half to tie the game at 29 going into halftime.
Arkansas took a 35-31 lead early in the second half with a pair of free throws and a jumper from Shameka Christon.
The Gamecocks stayed close until Kelly Morrone knocked down a 3-pointer from the baseline to give South Carolina a 46-44 lead.
But Arkansas came back and eventually took a 59-55 with just under two minutes to play.
Christon contributed 13 points for the Lady Razorbacks, and Lewis added 11.