Ole Miss Nips Lady'Backs In Double Overtime

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas' snake-bitten Lady Razorbacks basketball team found a new way to lose a game on Sunday.

After rallying from a 49-31 deficit to take a 64-61 lead over Ole Miss in regulation, Arkansas couldn't hang on. The Lady Rebels eventually won 90-87 in double-overtime in Bud Walton Arena. Ole Miss (18-6, 7-2 Southeastern Conference) got 30 points from senior guard Armintie Price, including 20 in the first half, mostly on driving layups. But it was the late-game, 3-point shooting by Ashley Awkward (23 points) and Carla Bartee (2-of-2 on treys in the second overtime) that rescued the weary Lady Rebels. "They got tired and quit trapping us," Arkansas senior Sarah Pfeifer said. "I kept saying, ‘They're tired.' We ran 15 sprints one day last week, and I think that helped us." Still, Arkansas fell to 18-7 overall and 3-6 in the SEC with its fourth straight loss, and, with a tough closing schedule ahead, appears likely to miss the NCAA Tournament for the fourth straight year. "Everyone played their hardest — maybe not their best, but not their worst," Pfeifer said. "It's tough to work so hard and come out on the losing side." Lauren Ervin had a career-high 22 points and 12 rebounds for Arkansas, including an eight-point outpouring in the second overtime that pushed the Lady'Backs ahead 82-81 with 1 minutes, 23 seconds left. But reserve forward Carla Bartee, a .152 3-point shooter for the season, chose that moment to drain her second trey of the second overtime, giving Ole Miss an 84-82 lead. "Bartee might do some things wrong, but she's not scared to pull the trigger," Ole Miss coach Carol Ross said. "She's confident in herself, even when her coach is not." Price followed Bartee's shot by stealing a soft in-bounds pass from Arkansas' Tanisha Smith and taking it the distance for an 86-82 lead. Remarkably, Ole Miss won despite not scoring for a period of 9:48 in the second half and not getting a field goal for 10:50. Arkansas used that drought to rally from a 59-44 deficit to a 64-61 lead. But Awkward ended the dry spell with an awkward-looking 3-pointer that tied the score 64-64 with 48 seconds left in regulation. Brittney Vaughn, who played just seven first-half minutes because of three early turnovers, ended up playing all 30 minutes after halftime for Arkansas, and ended with seven points, five rebounds and five steals. But her sixth turnover kept Arkansas from getting a go-ahead chance in regulation.

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