FAYETTEVILLE – The Arkansas ladies’s basketball workforce (23-12) stumped Stephen F. Austin (27-7) by defeating the Ladyjacks, 60-37, within the Postseason WNIT Second Spherical. Arkansas held SFA to 22 p.c taking pictures and a season-low 37 factors (their earlier low was 59 factors), that are each program WNIT data that had been beforehand damaged within the Razorbacks’ win over Louisiana Tech within the first spherical. Outscoring the Ladyjacks 20-0 in quick break factors and 18-0 in second likelihood alternatives, the Razorbacks transfer on to the Tremendous 16 of the WNIT for the fourth time in program historical past. Arkansas was paced by Samara Spencer who put up 27 factors.
The Razorbacks obtained off to a sluggish begin, as Arkansas got here up empty on its first three possessions to permit the Ladyjacks to leap out to a 5-1 lead. Makayla Daniels then sunk a 3-pointer for Arkansas’ first subject aim of the night after 3.5 minutes and Erynn Barnum adopted with a layup. On the media timeout, the Razorbacks trailed, 7-6. Rylee Langerman helped achieve some vitality off the bench to give you a steal and set Saylor Poffenbarger up for a 3-pointer to take the lead for the primary time of the sport. Spencer transformed a 3-point play and adopted that up with a 3-pointer to maintain the Razorbacks’ 14-0 run rolling. A foul on a 3-pointer despatched SFA to the road, and the Ladyjacks made all three photographs, as Arkansas led 18-10 after the primary quarter. The Razorbacks held SFA to no subject targets within the last 5:40 of the quarter, whereas forcing six first quarter turnovers.
Spencer saved rolling, pulling down her third triple of the evening to start the scoring within the second quarter. Daniels then discovered Emrie Ellis underneath the basket for 2, as Arkansas led 23-10, forcing SFA to take a timeout with 7:27 left within the body. Spencer put up one other 3-pointer, and after a couple of empty journeys, Daniels knocked down Arkansas’ third triple as Arkansas continued to roll on 25-4 run, which started halfway by way of the primary quarter. SFA made its first subject aim of the quarter after almost six minutes, which began a 7-0 run for the Ladyjacks, whereas Arkansas was held scoreless for the remaining 4 minutes of the body. Arkansas held a 29-18 benefit on the half.
Daniels broke Arkansas’ scoring drought that ended the primary half a troublesome layup to start the third body. Whereas persevering with to carry SFA empty from the sector, Arkansas had an amazing possession with a 3rd likelihood alternative resulting in a Poffenbarger and-1. Arkansas went 1-of-10 from the sector, however SFA wasn’t having a significantly better time discovering a shot, and on the media timeout with 4:21 left within the quarter, Arkansas led 35-20. The Razorbacks would discover their option to the road, making six of their eight photographs from the road throughout that stretch. Barnum then got here up with a layup whereas getting fouled within the course of. SFA scored its first subject aim of the quarter with a 3-pointer and adopted that up with an and-1 for a six-point swing. On the finish of the third quarter, Arkansas held the 43-26 edge.
Spencer delivered a troublesome layup and scored all six of Arkansas’ first factors within the fourth quarter. The Razorbacks continued to ship on the defensive entrance, holding SFA scoreless for the primary 4 minutes of the body till the Ladyjacks knocked down a triple. Jersey Wolfenbarger got here off the bench and registered a layup after which nailed down a 3-pointer, as Arkansas was forward 55-29 with 4:32 left within the sport. SFA outscored Arkansas 8-5 within the remaining 5 minutes of the sport, however the Razorbacks obtained the job carried out with a 60-37 win.
- Spencer led the Razorbacks with 27 factors for her eighth 20-point sport of the season, eleventh of her profession. Her additionally went 9-of-11 from the free throw line, whereas pulling down 4 3-pointers. She performed 35 minutes and had a +/- of 24
- Langerman registered 10 rebounds, her first double-digit board of the season, second of her profession. She was everywhere in the ground, additionally tallying three assists and three steals with a +/- of 23 and a season-high 28 minutes
- Daniels recorded 11 factors, seven rebounds and two blocks
- Wolfenbarger logged 9 factors going 2-of-3 from the sector and 4-of-6 from the road. She additionally recorded three blocks
- Poffenbarger pulled down 9 rebounds and added 5 factors and three assists
- All 12 gamers noticed the ground on Monday
- The Razorbacks nailed eight triples and outrebounded SFA 46-37, whereas knocking down 15 offensive boards
Arkansas will face Texas Tech within the Tremendous 16 on Friday, March 24 at 7 p.m. at Bud Walton