(16) Georgia 63

(16-6, 5-4 SEC)

Arkansas 71

(14-7, 3-5 SEC)

    4:00 PM ET, February 8, 2004

    Arkansas 71, Georgia 63

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) -- Arkansas Coach Susie Gardner wanted a win over No. 16 Georgia, her alma mater, for her struggling Lady Razorbacks on Sunday.

    Led by 28 points from Shameka Christon, and a career-high 12 assists from sophomore Rochelle Vaughn, she got it. Arkansas held off a late Georgia run to earn a 71-63 victory over the Lady Bulldogs.

    The win halts a four-game losing streak for the Lady Backs (14-7 overall, 3-5), and improves Gardner's mark against the team she played against in college to 2-0.

    Garner also defeated Georgia in 1997 while the coach at Austin Peay.

    "Our team needed this more than anything," Gardner said. "We played hard; we've been playing hard. It came down to the end, and as games have not gone our way lately, this one did."

    Late in the game, Christon moved into second place on the all-time scoring list at Arkansas, which had lost its last three straight at home all to ranked teams. It is only the third win overall against Georgia (16-6, 5-4) for Arkansas, which now has two straight against the Lady Bulldogs in Fayetteville.

    "I think we had a sense of urgency," Christon said. "We had an attitude about us today that we were going to play to win and not to lose."

    The loss ends a three-game winning streak for Georgia, which was led by senior Christi Thomas' 14 points and 12 rebounds. The Lady Bulldogs outrebounded Arkansas 47-34, but hit 33 percent of their shots, including 6-of-31 on 3-pointers.

    Sophomore Alexis Kendrick was 1-of-12 on 3-pointers for Georgia.

    "I thought we got a lot of good looks at the basket," Landers said. "We were a little rushed at times, but for the most part they were open shots. They just didn't go in."

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