FAYETTEVILLE — Tom Collen is finished bemoaning the 4-game losing streak to open Southeastern Conference play at Arkansas.
The Razorbacks coach is much more focused these days on Arkansas’ SEC winning streak, which improved to a program-best seven games with a 68-47 win over No. 24 South Carolina on Thursday night.
C’eira Ricketts scored 16 points and had seven rebounds and seven assists to lead Arkansas (18-5, 7-4), which hasn’t lost since a 60-54 defeat at Mississippi on Jan. 12. That was the Razorbacks fourth in a row, a stretch that included three ranked teams.
MAMMOTH SPRING — Izard County’s junior girls hammered Sloan-Hendrix 31-15 Thursday, advancing to the finals of the 1A 2-North District Tournament.
Kelsey Fry led the Junior Lady Cougars with 11 points.
Izard County is scheduled to play Hillcrest for the title Saturday at 2 p.m.
Hillcrest’s junior girls advanced by defeating Viola 33-28. The Junior Lady Screamin’ Eagles were led by Natalie Glenn’s 13 points. Haylee Connors scored 14 points for the Junior Lady Longhorn.
BLYTHEVILLE — Batesville Junior Pioneers finished the season with a split of 5A-East District basketball games here Thursday.
The Junior Pioneers capped the night with a 44-40 victory. Batesville led 11-10 after one quarter of play. Blytheville led 21-20 at halftime. The score was 29-all after three quarters.
“It was nip and tuck the whole way,” Junior Pioneer Coach Kelly Rush said. “I don’t know that either team ever led by more than four points, and it was a well-played game for the most part of it.”
The Lyon College Scots lost their second overtime game at home in a row, and the Union Bulldogs are still top dogs in TranSouth Athletic Conference basketball.
For Lyon, those are the hard facts after Union’s 78-72 victory in Becknell Gymnasium on Thursday night.
It would have all looked and felt so different except for a flurry of happenings in the final seconds of regulation.
Union Lady Bulldogs (9-1, TranSouth Athletic Conference; 22-2, overall) vs. Lyon College Scots (7-3, 18-6), Becknell Gymnaisum, 6 p.m.
The Scots will try to stay perfect against TranSouth foes in Becknell Gym. They defeated the then-No. 1 ranked Freed-Hardeman Lady Lions at home on Jan. 26. Freed-Hardeman has since been ranked No. 2. Oklahoma City is No. 1, Union is No. 3 and Lyon is ranked 25th.
An organizational meeting for softball umpires is scheduled for Sunday afternoon, announced Randy Palmer.
The meeting for United States Softball Association umpires is set for 2-4 p.m. in the River Room at the Ramada Inn. Palmer said anyone planning to umpire in the adult summer leagues must attend.
VALLEY SPRINGS — The Melbourne Junior Bearkatz boys and girls swept games Tuesday night advancing to the semifinals.
The Junior Lady Bearkatz defeated the Marshall Junior Lady Bobcats 47-25, leading 18-8, 35-8, 41-14 at the quarter breaks. Shelby Byran led Melbourne with 17 points. Kelly Cooper added 10.
The Melbourne junior girls are scheduled to play Bergman Friday at 4:30 p.m. in the semifinals.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Exactly three weeks after their last win, Gerald Robinson and his Georgia teammates finally snapped a 4-game losing streak that had the Bulldogs sitting at the bottom of the SEC standings.
Robinson scored a career-high 27 points and Georgia beat Arkansas 81-59 on Wednesday night to keep the Razorbacks winless on the road.
“We were determined to get a win,” Robinson said. “We needed it bad.”
Robinson made 10 of 13 shots and added six rebounds and five assists.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Shenise Johnson scored 19 points and Riquna Williams added 17 to lead No. 6 Miami to a 61-37 win over No. 22 North Carolina on Wednesday night.
Stefanie Yderstrom chipped in 10 points for the Hurricanes, who won their 38th straight home game.
The 38-game home streak is the third-longest active streak in the nation. Only Connecticut (98) and Stanford (74) have longer streaks.
With the win, Miami (21-3, 10-1 ACC) avenged its only loss in the ACC. North Carolina beat Miami 65-63 in Chapel Hill on Jan. 2.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Freshman Austin Rivers buried a 3-pointer at the horn to give No. 10 Duke an 85-84 win over No. 5 North Carolina on Wednesday night.
Rivers scored a season-high 29 points and hit six 3s, though the last will certainly live on in the lore on the fierce rivalry.
LSU fans had all but disappeared into the New Orleans night by the final minutes of last month’s dreary BCS title game, leaving en masse when they figured out a team that couldn’t get past the 50-yard-line wasn’t going to magically find a way to cross the goal line. They weren’t alone, with people across the nation abandoning their TVs in hope of finding something even remotely more interesting.
FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Mike Anderson’s first job as Arkansas’ coach last March was to keep the school’s heralded recruiting class together.
Little did Anderson know at the time just how important that class would prove this season — and likely in the future for the Razorbacks.