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Florida Gators women upset No. 22 Arkansas Razorbacks

UF, which never trailed, holds off an Arkansas comeback try.
Florida Gators guard Kiara Smith (1) during the first half of an NCAA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, in Gainesville, Fla. (AP Photo/Gary McCullough) [GARY MCCULLOUGH | AP]

GAINESVILLE — Kiara Smith scored 26 points and Lavender Briggs scored 20, and Florida upset No. 22-ranked Arkansas, holding off the Razorbacks late for an 83-80 win Sunday.

The Gators had the ball at their end of the floor clinging to an 83-80 lead with 1.5 seconds left. The Razorbacks’ Chelsea Dungee stole the inbounds pass and dribbled across the time line for a desperation heave, which bounced off the backboard to end the game.

Florida (15-12, 6-8 SEC), which never trailed, built a 10-0 lead, extended it to 19-5 and wrapped up the first quarter ahead 26-16.

The Gators had their last double-digit lead at 61-51 with 2:55 left in the third quarter when Arkansas (21-6, 9-5) began to climb back. A’Tyanna Gaulden made a pair of free throws capping a 17-9 Razorbacks run that reduced their deficit to 75-73 with 3:39 left. Amber Ramirez’s 3 made it 81-80 with 75 seconds left, but Smith followed with a jumper with 55 seconds to go, ending the scoring for both teams.

Gaulden and Ramirez led Arkansas scoring 17 apiece.