Originally created 02/24/03

Lady Dogs top Arkansas



ATHENS, Ga. -- Alexis Kendrick made six straight free throws in the final minute and 13th-ranked Georgia got 24 points from Christi Thomas to hold off surging No. 15 Arkansas 69-60 on Sunday.

Arkansas (19-8, 6-6 Southeastern Conference) cut into a double-digit Georgia lead to narrow the gap to 61-60 with 1:03 remaining after India Lewis's 3-pointer. On the inbound play after the made basket, Arkansas's Lakisha Harper was called for a foul. Georgia's Mary Beth Lycett stepped to the line to make a free throw, but Arkansas's bench successfully protested that Lycett was throwing the ball in bounds and was not the player fouled.

Lycett's free throw was waved off, and Kendrick replaced her, hitting the first two of six in the final minute. Kendrick finished with 16 points for Georgia (18-7, 9-3 SEC).

Lewis led Arkansas with 17 points, and Dana Cherry scored 16.

It was the third straight loss for the Lady Backs, which is in the midst of a four-game stretch against nationally ranked teams. Arkansas, outrebounded by an average of five a game in SEC contests, beat Georgia on the boards, 39-32, but failed to get a second-chance in the last minute.

Georgia took an early 17-10 lead as Thomas hit four free throws and a layup off her lap in traffic. But Arkansas quickly rallied and surged to a 34-25 lead with 4:08 to play, getting 3-pointers from Rochelle Vaughn and Lewis. Arkansas led 36-33 at halftime.

A 16-0 run by Georgia during a six-minute stretch early in the second half, however, lifted the Lady Dogs to a 51-40 lead with 9:43 remaining. After Jessica Pierce's layup, Georgia still led by 10, 59-49 with 4:32 to play. But Georgia went cold, and Arkansas went on an 11-2 surge, setting up the final minute.

The victory prevented Georgia from losing its third straight for the first time since 1991-92.