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After a stinging loss to Mississippi State on Thursday afternoon, the Gamecocks lost another tough one Sunday at the Colonial Life Arena.

But this one might hurt worse than the last.

Arkansas rallied from a 16-point deficit in the game's closing minutes to shock the Gamecocks 72-68.  The Razorbacks chipped away with strong interior play while South Carolina could only mange seven points in the final 8:11.

"We were up big and they just kept playing," said junior guard Valerie Nainima. "They did a great job driving to the basket and executing."

"They applied a lot more pressure and we just didn't handle it," said junior Samone Kennedy.

An inability to finish off the Razorbacks doomed the Gamecocks in the end.

"We had control of the game, but we just played not to lose," said Head Coach Dawn Staley. "Arkansas was continuing playing and fighting."

As this young team continues to grow, the Gamecocks need a player to become the leader to rally the team when faced with a scenario like Sunday's.

"We don't have a leader that understands when it's time to bear down and play and get the team together," said Staley. "It's been our struggle all season long."

Key Box Score

  Total FG-FGA 3 pt FG-FGA FT-FTA Rebs Pts Assts TO Blk Stl Min
C Kelsey Bone 6-10 0-0 0-2 12 12 1 2 1 0 29

Bone posted her eighth double-double of the season with 12 rebounds and 12 points. It was the 12th time this season she has pulled down double-digit boards and the sixth time in SEC play. 

Key Stats
-The Gamecocks won the rebound battle, pulling down 41 boards to 32 for Arkansas. The 41 rebounds tied South Carolina's season high in SEC action.
-South Carolina made just two three-pointers, tying their SEC season low. The Gamecocks were 2-of-12 from three-point range.
-South Carolina shot 48% from the field, their best shooting percentage in their last nine games.


Key Quote

"[Arkansas] wanted it more than we did and they played like it." - Dawn Staley

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Keep your head up SC. I like what Dawn have brought to this team. Still young but moving in the right direction. There are better days coming. Love this team!

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