Arkansas Women edge Missouri 13-4 in OT, advance in SEC | national

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Amber Ramirez scored her 17 points after halftime, Makayla Daniels had 13 points and 14 rebounds for her first career double-double and the No. 8 seed Arkansas used a run from 9-0 in overtime to beat ninth-seeded Missouri 61-52 Thursday in the second round of the SEC tournament.

Arkansas (18-12) advances to face top-seeded South Carolina in the quarterfinals on Friday. The Razorbacks gave up the only regular season meeting with the Gamecocks, 61-52, on January 16.

Ramirez surged forward along the baseline to give Arkansas a 48-46 lead with 25.5 seconds left in regulation. After a time out, Haley Troup entered the lane and after her defender went down, Troup scored to equalize. Ramirez dribbled past the clock and entered the lane but her layup fell at the buzzer.

Sasha Goforth gave Arkansas the lead in overtime with a 3-pointer, and Daniels and Ramirez combined to make eight free throws the rest of the way to seal it.

Ramirez, who scored 21 and 25 points in both regular-season matchups with Missouri, was 6 of 15 from the floor and Daniels 3 of 17 as Arkansas shot just 27.3 percent from the field. Goforth and Samara Spencer each scored 11 points for the Razorbacks.

Arkansas was limited to 19.4 percent shooting in the first half, shooting just 6 of 32. Goforth had seven of Arkansas’ 17 points in the first half. Spencer gave Arkansas its first lead, 38-37, as it was 8-7 with a pair of free throws with 5:03 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Troup scored a career-high 21 points for Missouri (18-12). LaDazhia Williams had 14 points and 13 rebounds, and Hayley Frank added 13 boards.

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