ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Brittney Vaughn had 13 points, 10 assists and
nine rebounds, and Arkansas (No. 24 ESPN/USA Today; No. 23 AP) overcame an eight-point
second-half deficit to defeat Saint Louis 66-59 on Saturday.
Lauren Ervin had 12 points and 14 rebounds and Sarah Pfeifer
added 13 points for Arkansas (15-1), which has won eight straight
and is off to the best start in school history. Arkansas has not
lost since falling 94-69 to second ranked North Carolina on Nov.
Theresa Lisch led Saint Louis (8-6) with 19 points and eight
rebounds. Tyler McIlwraith had 14 points and 10 rebounds in the
With her team trailing by eight points at 51-43 with less than
9:00 left, Ervin keyed a 12-0 run that put Arkansas back in
Ervin scored consecutive baskets inside to make it 51-47. After
Donica Cosby hit a 3-pointer to cut the Saint Louis lead to one,
Arkansas went inside again to Ervin. She was fouled by Maggie
Hennegan and made both free throws to give Arkansas the lead at
52-51. The Lady Razorbacks never trailed after that.
Arkansas led 39-27 with 17:28 remaining after Dominique
Washington drained a 3-pointer from the left of the key. But Saint
Louis, which leads the Atlantic 10 in scoring with 75.1 points per
game, went on a 14-2 run and tied the game on Hennegan's lay-up
with 11:38 remaining.
After Tanisha Smith scored inside to make it 43-41 Arkansas,
Lisch scored seven straight points to give Saint Louis a 48-43
lead. A 3-pointer by Katie Paganelli gave Saint Louis its biggest
advantage with 8:49 remaining.
Saint Louis never had led in the first half, but kept the game
Arkansas got a boost offensively from Pfeifer, who scored a
team-high eight first-half points off the bench. Pfeifer capped the
scoring with a jumper with 22 seconds left before halftime to give
Arkansas its biggest lead at 34-20.