FAYETTEVILLE, AR – McKenzie Adams led a three-point barrage and Jessica Jackson added in a double-double for good measure, as the University of Arkansas women's basketball team (12-0) earned a 79-53 win over Tennessee Tech (3-8) inside Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville, Ark., on Friday night.
Finishing 6-for-8 from three-point range, Adams tied for a game-high 18 points and led 58.8 percent shooting from beyond the arc for the Razorbacks. Fellow freshman Jackson also scored 18 points and reached double-digit scoring for the 11th time in 12 games this season, adding 11 rebounds for the first double-double of her career and third of the season for Arkansas.
“She can make shots and she did another great job tonight,” head coach Tom Collen said of Adams. “Also, I thought Jess had one of her best games. We really challenged her and I thought that her effort level really went up in the second half. We saw the results.”
Fresh off a career-high 22 points in the team’s last win over Tulsa, Adams got right back to it and ignited the Razorbacks early against TTU, connecting on three straight three-point baskets to lead all scorers with an early nine points. Arkansas shot 64 percent from the field over the first six and half minutes to build an 18-14 lead by the 13:29 mark.
Opening the game 3-for-3 from beyond the arc, Adams improved to 15-for-20 from three-point range over her last three games. Other Razorbacks joined in on the three-point barrage, as Jackson, Joey Bailey and Kelsey Brooks added one each from distance to help pace early 67 percent three-point shooting for a 25-16 lead by the 10:40 mark of the first half.
With seven three-pointers in the first half, UA finished one shy of tying a program record.
Both teams maintained hot shooting throughout the first half, as the Golden Eagles continued to hang around and trade baskets with the Razorbacks. While UA held a 30-20 lead with 8:13 to play in the half, TTU upheld 53 percent shooting and kept the game competitive. The Golden Eagles outscored the Razorbacks 12-to-4 on points in the paint in the first half.
With seven different Razorbacks registering points, the bench of Arkansas helped maintain the team’s lead. UA’s bench outscored the reserves of TTU 16-to-2 in the first half, as Brooks led the way with seven points on 3-for-3 shooting.
Jackson got going offensively midway through the first half and led all scorers at halftime with 10 points, helping UA to a 42-29 lead at the break. The freshman reached double-digit scoring for the 11th time in 12 games on the season.
The Razorbacks got the second half off to the exact same start as they had opened the game in the first half, as Adams hit back-to-back three-pointers and quickly bumped her total to 15 points (5-6 3PT) and UA’s lead to 48-32. As a group, UA was shooting 77 percent (10-13) from beyond the arc at the 16:20 mark.
Jackson took over late in the second half, converting a pair of and-1 plays and scoring eight points over a four minute stretch late in the second half to finish at 18 on the night. The Jacksonville, Ark., native finished shooting 63.6 percent (7-
11 FG) from the floor, also adding in a pair of blocks, steals and assists.
Arkansas breaks for the holidays, but returns to the court Dec. 28 to close out its non-conference schedule by hosting
Mississippi Valley State at Bud Walton Arena. Opening tip is scheduled for 2 p.m.