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.