No. 23 Mississippi 76, Arkansas 73
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) _ Christie Sides scored 19 points and Regan Seybert’s 15-footer lifted Mississippi into the lead with 48 seconds left in a 76-73 victory Friday over Arkansas in the Southeastern Conference tournament.
The Lady Rebels (18-9) advance to Saturday’s second round against No. 5 Tennessee.
Arkansas (20-11) is left to hope its victory total and 16-2 non-conference record are enough to earn a bid to the NCAA tournament.
Sides hit five 3-pointers to lead the Lady Rebels. Niesha Dobbs added 14 points, and Dorianne Johnson and Yolanda Moore each scored 11.
Arkansas was led by Shaka Massey with 19 points. Kimberly Wilson and Sytia Messer each scored 14, and Kelly Johnson added 12.
Mississippi had a seemingly comfortable 57-47 lead on a 3-pointer by Sides with nine minutes left, but the Lady Razorbacks roared back.
Consecutive three-point plays by Massey and Roxanne McCrory plus a 3-pointer by Wilson sparked them to a 60-60 tie, and Arkansas went on to take a 73-70 lead on Massey’s basket with 1:35 to go.
Lisa Miller hit a pair of free throws for Mississippi to cut the Arkansas lead to a point with 1:22 to go.
After Massey missed the front end of a one-and-one, Seybert’s jumper from the left of the foul line _ her only basket of the day _ put the Lady Rebels ahead for good, 74-73, with 46.8 seconds left.
Miller’s free throws provided the final margin as Arkansas couldn’t score on its last three possessions.