KNOXVILLE, TN – Jessica Jackson led four Razorbacks in double-digit scoring, but it was not enough as the University of Arkansas women's basketball team (15-6, 2-6 SEC) fell 70-60 on the road to No. 10 Tennessee (17-4, 6-2 SEC) at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tenn., on Thursday.
Jackson led the team with 16 points, Jhasmin Bowen had 11 points and Keira Peak added 10. Bowen posted a near double-double, also adding eight rebounds and two steals. As a group, Arkansas shot 44 percent, marking the 14th time this season the group has shot better than 40 percent in a game.
It was not enough, however, as the Lady Vols countered with impressive 62-percent shooting of their own to stave off any potential upset bid from the Razorbacks.
Arkansas came out shooting 70 percent from the floor (7-10 FG) and jumped out to a 16-13 lead on Tennessee just over midway through the first half. It was a balanced attack for the Razorbacks, as five different players scored at least a basket. The Lady Vols were upholding 56 percent shooting of their own, as Cierra Burdick led the way with four points.
A 10-4 run from the Razorbacks helped the team extend its lead to 30-22 with 5:47 to go in the half. Peak had it rolling offensively, including a nice steal and score in transition that lifted her to a game-high eight points. The Lady Vols responded with a 16-6 run of their own to close the half, led by Meighan Simmons shooting 50 percent and scoring eight points to get Tennessee back within one. A late three-pointer from Jordan Reynolds would put the Lady Vols up 38-36 heading into the break, their first lead since the 14:22 mark of the first half.
A tight contest midway through the second half, a late three-point barrage from Tennessee proved too much, as the Lady Vols had a stretch with four of five shots from beyond the arc to pull away late and secure the win. Tennessee was 5-for-9 from distance in the second half, while Arkansas was just 3-for-10.