Slocum/Dungee

Destiny Slocum and Chelsea Dungee high-five as they make their way across the court in their matchup against Florida at Bud Walton Arena on Jan. 14.  Dungee contributed 22 for the Razorbacks, making it her sixth Southeastern Conference game this season to score more than 20 points.

The Arkansas women’s basketball team fell 104-82 to the No. 4 South Carolina Gamecocks on Monday night at Colonial Life Arena in Columbia.

The Razorbacks put up a fight against the Gamecocks, barely trailing South Carolina until halfway through the fourth quarter when the Hogs started to wear out.

“I just think we keep playing teams that are still just a little bit better than us,” head coach Mike Neighbors said in a post-game press conference. “We can’t put together the full 40 minutes it requires us to win against one of them.”

The Hogs shot 45.1% from the field and 53.8% from the 3-point line, which helped the team stick with the Gamecocks for three full quarters as South Carolina only held a small five-point lead at halftime. Arkansas obtained 11 points off of turnovers in the first half.

Neighbors commended South Carolina’s performance, emphasizing that Arkansas got off 71 shots was a victory for them.

“When you see how well-conditioned (the Gamecocks) are, how disciplined they are, how fast they play,” Neighbors said. ”It just has a wearing effect and this is where having played our sixteenth game catches up to us a little bit.”

Despite the loss, senior guard Chelsea Dungee managed to score 22 points, which makes it her sixth Southeastern Conference game this season to score more than 20 points.

Neighbors praised Dungee’s dedication to the team and willingness to push through.

“It’s just the way that she continues to play,” Neighbors said. “She’s putting up great numbers on teams that continue to beat us and win games.”

Senior guard Destiny Slocum and sophomore forward Erynn Barnum, who scored 15 and 13 points, respectively, also helped the Razorbacks stay in the game.

The team has some time off before its next matchup and Neighbors said he hopes to get some rest, regroup and ultimately improve before the next game.

The Razorbacks’ next home game was originally set for Thursday, Jan. 28 against Vanderbilt until the Commodores announced that they ended their season due to COVID-19 related issues, injuries and athlete opt-outs. Neighbors said he is searching for a non-conference team to fill this spot.

Arkansas has a week off before they travel to Athens, Georgia, to play against the Georgia Bulldogs on Monday, Jan. 25 at 6 p.m. The game will be available on the SEC Network.

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