Big comeback for Lady Tigers

Adrienne Webb's 3-pointer with 9 seconds to play helped seal a stirring comeback for the Lady Tigers and send them into the SEC Tournament semifinals.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Adrienne Webb Adrienne Webb's 3-pointer capped a remarkable late-game 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 Friday to advance to the SEC Tournament semifinals.

LSU (21-9) scored the game's final eight points after trailing 40-33 with 1:59 left. The Lady Tigers will take on top-seeded Kentucky at 3 p.m. CT Saturday in the first semifinal live on ESPNU. 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," LSU 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. (Friday) 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 treys in the final 2 minutes. Courtney Jones added 10 points, was 6-of-6 from the free-throw line and added 6 rebounds. Jeanne Kenney dished out 6 assists and Barrett scored 8 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 3s 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 3-pointer from the right wing making it 41-40 Lady Tigers with 9 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."

Said Caldwell "It's one of my favorite motivational speeches that I've heard. 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% for the game, while Arkansas finished 23.3% after shooting 17.2% 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 3 with 1:54 to go in the first half.

LSU led 19-18 at the break and saw that advantage evaporate 2 minutes into the second stanza.




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