FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) -- For Arkansas' Brittney Vaughn, it was
a shot she made hundreds of times in pickup games against her own
sister, Arkansas teammate Rochelle Vaughn.
Only this time, the shot came Sunday in Arkansas' 52-51 overtime
win over No. 20 Vanderbilt.
Brittney Vaughn scored only five points and none until 14.5
seconds remained in regulation. But her five points were crucial
and none were bigger than the desperation 3-pointer she let fly
from just inside the halfcourt line that swished as the horn
sounded, sending the game into overtime.
"I knew we were down by three, but I didn't want to let it go
from too far away," Vaughn said. "I just threw it up there. It
was just luck. It felt great."
Arkansas (10-5, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) won the game in
overtime when Leslie Howard sank the first of two free throws with
2.1 seconds left in overtime. Howard's clutch free throw capped a
day that saw Arkansas give coach Susie Gardner only her second win
against a Top 25 opponent in four seasons at Arkansas.
Vanderbilt, which trailed 24-19 at halftime, took control to
start the second half with a 10-3 run, fueled by post Liz Sherwood,
who scored six of her 11 points in the run that gave the Commodores
a 29-27 lead.
But an aggressive Arkansas defense, which made up for a definite
size advantage against the bigger Commodores, helped Arkansas hang
Brittney Vaughn's reverse lay-up with 14.5 seconds left in
regulation trimmed Vanderbilts lead to 45-43. Forced to foul,
Arkansas sent Vanderbilt's Dee Davis, who led all scorers with 15
points, to the line with 4.8 seconds left. Davis made the first,
but missed the second attempt and Vaughn rebounded.
Out of timeouts, Vaughn dribbled up the right side of the floor
and raced just across the halfcourt line and heaved a desperation
shot that tied the score at 46-46 and set off jubilation on the
"It was a miracle shot, a once-in-a-lifetime shot," Gardner
said. "It was huge."
It also atoned for a mental lapse just before the half for
Vaughn, Gardner said.
"I was so mad at Brittney at halftime," Gardner said. "Right
there before half she ran the play too quickly and let Davis hit
that shot before halftime."
Davis' open jumper cut Arkansas' lead to 24-19 at the time after
the team dominated the first 20 minutes. It marked the fourth time
this season Arkansas has held an opponent to under 20 points in the
first half. Arkansas has won all four games.
The game was close throughout the second half and overtime.
Vanderbilt (11-4, 0-1) took a 51-48 lead with 25.8 seconds left
when Holly Rogers hit the second of two free throw attempts. Not to
be outdone by her sister's earlier heroics, Rochelle Vaughn hit a
clutch 3-pointer with 14.8 seconds left in overtime to tie the game
After a timeout, Vanderbilt missed a shot from inside the lane
and Howard rebounded. Rogers was whistled for a foul on the play
with 2.1 seconds left, which brought Vanderbilt coach Melanie
Balcomb almost to midcourt to argue the call. Howard, who led
Arkansas with 13 points, hit the first and missed the second to end