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Lady Razorbacks Improve Home Record Despite Tough Schedule

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Over the break, the Arkansas Razorbacks women’s basketball team went 5-3 to improve its overall record to 8-10 on the season.

The team opened up the winter break by dropping a closely contested game against then No. 5 Texas Longhorns team, 61-50. Jessica Jackson and Devin Cosper led the way for the Lady Hogs, scoring 22 and 13 points respectively.

Arkansas responded by winning its next two games against Mississippi Valley State, 86-46, and New Orleans (73-41).

The Lady Hogs then began the Southeastern Conference schedule against four top 25 ranked opponents.

In its SEC opener against No. 2 South Carolina, the team suffered an embarrassing 85-32 loss. Melissa Wolff and Jessica Jackson were high point for Arkansas at nine points apiece.

The team came back to Bud Walton and took down then No. 10 Texas A&M, 67-61. Arkansas’ staunch defense held the Aggies to a poor 36.2 percent from the field and 11.8 percent from the three-point line. Devin Cosper and Jessica Jackson both scored double-digits in the game with Cosper scoring 18 and Jackson scoring 17.

Arkansas then traveled to Starkville, Mississippi to take on the No. 6 Mississippi State. The team lost 80-55. The Lady Bulldogs had four players score double digits to Arkansas’ two. Jackson was high point of the game behind her 20 points.

Hosting No. 13 Tennessee and Missouri at home the next two games, Arkansas won both, upsetting the Lady Volunteers 64-59 and beating the Lady Tigers 64-52. Jackson dropped 25 points in the game against Tennessee and the team had four players score double digits against Missouri.

Those two wins improve Arkansas’ home record to 8-2, while it is still winless on the road and in neutral sites.

With that being said, the Lady Razorbacks will hope to erase that winless streak as they travel to Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Jan. 21 and Auburn, Alabama on Jan. 24.

LSU (7-1) will be coming off a close 45-53 loss to No. 20 Florida that dropped its SEC record to 1-4. Lady Tigers Alexis Hyder and Jenna Deemer both average 10.1 points per game, so far this season.

Auburn (12-6) will have to face South Carolina before hosting Arkansas. Brandy Montgomery leads the Lady Tigers with 17.1 points per game, but the team has two others that average double-digit points in Tra’Cee Tanner (13.4) and Katie Frerking (11.9).

Both game will be available to stream online on the SEC Network at 7 p.m and 3 p.m. respectively.

 

Alex Nicoll was the editor-in-chief of the Arkansas Traveler from 2017-2019. Before that, Alex was a sport designer, and he wrote stories for the news, lifestyles and sports sections.

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