No. 10 Arkansas 81, Drake 76
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) _ Christy Smith scored 23 points to lead No. 10 Arkansas to an 81-76 victory over Drake in a second-round game of the women’s Preseason NIT Friday night.
The Lady Razorbacks went up by 11 on Kelly Johnson’s jumper with 11:25 to play, but Kiersten Miller’s 15-footer moved the lead back to single figures. Smith’s running 7-footer made it 64-53 with 8:55 left, but Drake began whittling the lead down after that and twice grabbed 1-point leads.
Drake went ahead on Miller’s driving layup with 2:16 left, but Shaka Massey responded for Arkansas with a layup. Nicole McBean put Drake back up with a 7-footer and Tennille Adams’ layup gave Arkansas the lead for good with 51 seconds left.
Smith hit a running 4-footer and Taqueta Roberson added two free throws.