Phoenix wire reports
S. CAROLINA 43, ARKANSAS 40 – Ashley Bruner scored 11 points and No. 18 South Carolina held off Arkansas on Sunday.
South Carolina (18-3, 6-2 Southeastern), which has won four in a row, didn’t score after Aleighsa Welch’s three-point play made it 43-36 Gamecocks with 3:44 to play. But Arkansas’ last points came on Calli Berna’s 3-pointer with 59 seconds to go.
Bruner also had seven assists and five steals. Tiffany Mitchell had eight points and a team-high eight rebounds for the Gamecocks, off to their best SEC start since 2001-02.
Arkansas (14-6, 2-5) was led by Jhasmin Bowen with 13 points. Berna and Quistelle Williams each had 10 rebounds for the Razorbacks.
South Carolina has allowed 60 or more points in a game only once this season, ranking third in the nation in scoring defense entering the week.
SMU 71, TULSA 46 – League-leading SMU handed the Tulsa women a loss in front of 610 fans at the Donald W. Reynolds Center on Sunday afternoon. The Mustangs improved to 14-4 overall and 5-0 in Conference USA action, while the Hurricane fell to 7-12 and 2-4 in league play.
The SMU victory snapped a two-game Tulsa winning streak in the series, as the Hurricane won both games a year ago.
The Mustangs had four players score in double-figures, led by Keena Mays’ 12 points, Akil Simpson with 11 and Destynee Hives-McCray and Lexus Williams with 10 points apiece.
Tulsa’s Kelsee Grovey scored 11 of her game-high 13 points in the second half, while Taleya Mayberry scored nine points, all coming in the first half.
Tulsa couldn’t convert on any of its three point attempts, ending the game 0-for-17, while shooting just 25-percent overall from the field. The Mustangs shot 45-percent from the field and 75-percent from the free throw line.