No. 9 Arkansas 80, Florida A&M 73
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) _ Christy Smith and Kimberly Wilson scored 17 points apiece as ninth-ranked Arkansas defeated Florida A&M 80-73 in the first round of the Dial Classic on Friday night.
The Lady Razorbacks (4-1) will meet Rice, a 81-43 winner over UNLV in the other semifinal, for the championship Saturday.
Arkansas led 38-36 at the half en route to its first victory since a loss Tuesday to Colorado in the finals of the women’s Preseason NIT. Karen Jones added 15 points for the Lady Razorbacks.
Friday’s game was the season opener for Florida A&M, who was led in scoring by Cathy Robinson with 19 points and Angela McPhaul with 14.