FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – No. 19 Arkansas (13-6, 3-5) made it two straight on Sunday afternoon, notching a 77-67 win over Auburn (5-11, 0-8) inside Bud Walton Arena. It was smooth sailing for the Hogs after the first quarter, as Arkansas dominated the Tigers 68-49 from the second quarter until the final horn.
Arkansas guard Amber Ramirez did her thing against the Tigers, tallying a game-high 19 points thanks to five three-pointers in the game. She also chipped in with four rebounds and three assists. The Razorbacks’ big three was firing on all cylinders in this one, as Chelsea Dungee and Destiny Slocum also came up big for the Hogs, going for 16 and 14 points, respectively.
Auburn’s full-court press defense forced some early turnovers, and the Razorbacks had their lowest-scoring first quarter of the season. Arkansas worked past the Tiger defense in the second quarter, though, guided by the steady hand of Jailyn Mason, who hit two jumpers from deep in the frame. The Razorbacks ended the half on a 22-4 tear, erasing a 13-point deficit to secure a 33-28 halftime edge.
The Hogs spread the floor well in the second half, as four Razorbacks went for seven or more points in the final two frames. The visiting Tigers stayed in the fight in large part due to a dominant performance in the paint by forward Unique Thompson, who notched 18 points and 19 rebounds. However the monster performance wasn’t enough, as Arkansas was able to make winning plays late.
Despite 20 offensive rebounds by Auburn, Arkansas held the Tigers to 34 percent shooting from the field, including just 14 percent from three-point range.
- For the second straight game, Ramirez hit five or more threes. It was her third such performance this season.
- Senior forward Taylah Thomas met the task of working against Auburn’s frontcourt, snatching nine rebounds while also collecting a block in the win.
- Thomas was +17 for the second straight game.
- Dungee continued her double-digit scoring streak, which now stands at 23 games in a row.
- Mason was solid in her return off the bench, going for eight points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals.
NEXT TIME OUT
Arkansas hits the road for Columbia, Mo., to take on the Missouri Tigers on Thursday. The Hogs and Tigers will tip off at 7 p.m. CT.