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Final

Arkansas 52

(13-7, 5-2 SEC)

South Carolina 61

(11-8, 2-5 SEC)

3:00 PM ET, January 29, 2006

1 2 T
ARK 25 2752
SCAR 29 3261

South Carolina 61, Arkansas 52

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Melanie Johnson scored 15 points and had eight rebounds as South Carolina beat Arkansas 61-52 on Sunday.

The Gamecocks (11-8, 2-5 Southeastern Conference) trailed only once early in the first half, but never led by more than 10.

The Lady Razorbacks (13-7, 5-2) cut their deficit to 49-47 with just under five minutes to go, but Johnson hit a layup for South Carolina on the next possession.

Leslie Howard hit a 3-pointer with 1:17 to go to cut South Carolina's lead to 55-51, but the Gamecocks hit all six of their free throws in the final minute to seal the win.

South Carolina scored 46 of its 61 points in the paint, taking advantage of the much shorter Lady Razorbacks. The Gamecocks depended on their inside game so much, they failed to make a 3-pointer in a game for the first time since November 2001, missing all three shots behind the arc.

Lea Fabbri added 12 points for South Carolina, hitting all five of her shots from the field and 2-of-3 free throws.

Howard led Arkansas with 13 points, while Danielle Allen added 12 points and Brittney Vaughn had 10 rebounds for the Lady Razorbacks.

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