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Jones leads No. 20 LSU past Arkansas 70-53

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Courtney Jones hit all four 3-pointers she attempted and finished with a career-high 22 points as No. 20 LSU cruised past Arkansas 70-53 on Thursday night.

Katherine Graham had 15 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists, recording her third double-double of the season and helping the Lady Tigers (19-8, 8-7 Southeastern Conference) stay in the race for the fourth seed in the SEC tournament.

Allison Hightower added 12 points for LSU, which led by 15 at halftime and by as much as 23 in the second half.

Jones was 8 of 9 shooting overall and hit both of her free throws.

Lyndsay Harris and Charity Ford each scored 11 for Arkansas (12-16, 4-10), which lost by 27 the last time these teams met in January.

LSU shot 50 percent (29 of 58), outscored Arkansas 40-24 inside and outrebounded the Lady Razorbacks 38-25. The Lady Tigers had 13 offensive rebounds and finished with a 21-4 advantage in second-chance points.

Arkansas was down double digits the entire second half, getting no closer than 12 on Harris' 3 with 16:23 to go.

Jones and Graham then responded with back-to-back layups and Jones answered Harris' 3 with one of her own to make it 50-34. Jones' layup with 2:45 to go made it 70-47 and LSU coach Van Chancellor pulled the starters soon after.

LSU had its first substantial run and first double-digit lead before seven minutes had elapsed, scoring 12 straight points, highlighted by Graham's jumper and driving layup as she was fouled. Hightower capped the surge with a 3 to make it 15-5.

Jones then came off the bench and scored 10 quick points, including an 8-0 run by herself on a pair of free throws and consecutive 3s to make it 25-12.

Hightower also scored 10 in the opening 20 minutes, hitting a jumper and short runner in the lane late in the half to give LSU a 17-point lead before C'Eira Ricketts layup with 4 seconds on the clock made it 37-22 at halftime.