Recap: Gamecocks Win OT Thriller, 64-62.

The Gamecocks rallied late to send the game into overtime and then hung on for a 64-62 win over Arkansas Sunday afternoon in Fayetteville. The win improved the Gamecocks to .500 in SEC play and gave them a key road win over a potential NCAA Tournament team.

It was gut check time for the South Carolina women's basketball team.

Carolina needed a big road win over a potential NCAA Tournament team to keep their post-season dreams alive and boost their own resume in the process. The Gamecocks trailed Arkansas 55-48 with 1:30 remaining in the game after a C'eira Ricketts shot in the lane as the shot clock wound down.

They answered the call.

As La'keisha Sutton crashed to the floor driving to the basket - suffering a left calf cramp on the play - and missing a tough shot, Jewel May grabbed the rebound and laid it back in to begin a 7-0 Gamecock run to end regulation.

After coach Dawn Staley chose not to foul facing a 55-50 deficit with a minute to play, Courtney Newton forced a Ricketts turnover and Newton eventually found Valerie Nainima who drained a 3-pointer from three feet behind the men's three-point line to trim the deficit to 55-53 with 18 seconds remaining. After a Gamecock timeout, Ricketts shuffled her feet before the Gamecocks were able to foul her after throwing the ball in. Ieasia Walker was fouled and sent to the line with 15 seconds left to try and tie the game. Walker, who had missed three in a row from the free throw line, calmly sank both to tie the game at 55-55. Arkansas failed to drive to the basket on the final shot and Ricketts was forced to throw up a desperation heave that failed to hit anything and the game went into overtime.

Carolina quickly took control in overtime. After Arkansas turned the ball over to start the overtime period, Sutton found Walker ahead of the pack for an easy layup to give the Gamecocks a 57-55 lead. After Lyndsay Harris tied the game on the next Razorback possession, the still cramping Sutton set her feet and nailed a 3-pointer in front of the Gamecock bench. Sutton turned to tell Staley she needed a sub, but Staley told her to suck it up.

After Ashley Daniels scored to cut it to one point, the Gamecocks were forced to call timeout as Nainima was trapped near halfcourt with 25 seconds left and only nine seconds on the shot clock. Arkansas chose to put center Sarah Watkins on the ball to try and force a turnover - a decision that would hurt the Razorbacks. The Gamecocks got the ball in to Walker who drove towards the basket and found an open Ashley Bruner under the basket. Bruner laid it up and in before Watkins could get down to the basket, giving the Gamecocks a 62-59 lead with 19 seconds left.

Following an Arkansas timeout, Sutton fouled Harris prior to getting a 3-point shot off - which she ended up making. Harris made the first free throw, but left the second short. The ball ended up finding it's way to Yashira Delgado - the smallest player on the court - and Delgado laid it off the glass to tie the game at 62-62 with just seven seconds left.

The Gamecocks hurriedly got the ball in to Sutton, who was tripped by Ricketts and fell to the court hard at halfcourt. Sutton slowly got herself up and stepped to the free throw line and made both with just five seconds left to give the Gamecocks a 64-62 lead. Ricketts' heave from just across halfcourt drew iron but didn't fall and the Gamecocks escaped with just their second win in Fayatteville and only second road win of the season.

Carolina, who improved to 13-10 and 5-5 in the SEC, struggled with Arkansas' trapping zone. The Gamecocks shot just 42% from the field and turned the ball over 20 times. In addition, they made only 55% of their free throws - 11-of-20. Carolina did shoot an impressive 36% from behind the arc after going 9-of-24.

Sutton led Carolina with 21 points. Nainima chipped in 14 and Walker finished with 11. Ricketts finished with 18 for the Razorbacks, Watkins finished with a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds, and Harris finished with 10.

South Carolina returns home to host #16 Kentucky Thursday night. The Gamecocks led Kentucky 45-43 with 12:46 left in the game in the first meeting between before going ice cold in a 66-48 loss in Lexington.

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