Arkansas women’s basketball senior guard Chelsea Dungee was named ESPN’s National Player of the Week, and head coach Mike Neighbors was named ESPN’s National Coach of the Week following a distinguished performance against UConn on Thursday night at Bud Walton Arena.
Dungee played one of the best games of her career against UConn, scoring 37 points, marking the fourth time in her career to score 37 or more points in a game. She shot 13-21 from the field, 4-5 from the 3-point line and 7-10 from the free throw line.
Neighbors commended Dungee’s toughness on the court last week in a postgame press conference against UConn.
“There’s performers and there’s performances,” Neighbors said. “But that kid, when the big stage and the big shot needed to come, it was crucial and I thought she was so patient and had great awareness and understanding.”
The last time a player was able to score more than 37 points against the Huskies was during the 1999-2000 season.
Dungee scored 16 points in a match-up against Auburn on Sunday, keeping her double-digit streak alive with 23 consecutive games.
Neighbors’ Razorbacks scored 90 points against UConn, which is the most scored against the Huskies by any opponent since 2001. Arkansas’ offense was unmatched and the Huskies could not compete after the Razorbacks came back during the third quarter.
The Razorbacks are one of only eight teams to have beaten UConn since 2012. Neighbors spoke during a postgame press conference against UConn about how well-deserved the win was after the tough Southeastern Conference season Arkansas has had.
“I’m proud of the kids for taking the game,” Neighbors said. “I’m proud of them for wanting to do it and then to come out and perform with all the different things when we could have made excuses about what we’ve been through.”