COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Arkansas coach Tom Collen thinks Razorbacks freshman Jessica Jackson has plenty to learn about playing in the Southeastern Conference.
The SEC's fourth-leading scorer absorbed a humbling lesson against No. 6 South Carolina on Sunday.
Jackson was held to less than half her 16.6 point-a-game average and made just one of her 12 field goal tries in a 67-49 loss to the first-place Gamecocks.
"She didn't finish anything from five feet today and that was tough on her," Collen said.
Jackson finished with eight points, six of those on foul shots. It was just her third game in single digits this season.
Jackson has been perhaps the brightest spot in a season that's getting away from the Razorbacks (16-8, 3-8) since league play started.
South Carolina spoiled their 13-0 start with a 55-51 win on Jan. 2 and Arkansas has won just three of 10 games since. The back half of the run has also included losses to SEC powers Kentucky and Tennessee, along with a second defeat to the Gamecocks.
Collen says he and his players haven't conceded anything yet.
"We feel like we've got a chance," he said. "We honestly feel like if we get to 7-9, our RPI will rise and we've got a legitimate shot at the NCAA tournament.
"I know we don't look like that right now to people outside the SEC," he said.
The first-place Gamecocks (22-2, 10-1 Southeastern Conference) are the SEC's lone one-loss team. South Carolina coach Dawn Staley won't allow her players to get ahead of themselves.
"The way you look at is if we continue to do what we've done all season long, that stuff will take care of itself," Staley said. "We're going to concentrate on getting another win on the road at LSU. Whatever's after that is after that."
South Carolina won't play again until traveling to No. 16 LSU next Sunday.
Aleighsa Welch had 16 points and a career-best five blocks to lead the Gamecocks.
Arkansas did its best to pack in the middle and disrupt South Carolina's game plan of feeding the 6-foot Welch and 6-4 forwards Elem Ibiam and Alaina Coates underneath. But Ibiam and Coates both added 10 points each while the trio of low-post players combined for 21 rebounds.
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