The No. 18 Arkansas women’s basketball team defeated the Ole Miss Rebels, 84-74, Friday night at Bud Walton Arena, behind a huge performance by senior guard Chelsea Dungee.
Dungee scored 38 points Friday night, a season-high for the athlete. She shot 11-22 from the field, 14-17 from the freethrow line and 2-4 from the 3-point line.
“You never know where the shots are going to come from,” Dungee said in a postgame press conference. “You just kind of take what they give you.”
Because the Rebels were pressing on defense, the lane was wide open for the majority of the night, giving Dungee the opportunity to get to the rim and draw fouls.
Another notable performance came from senior guard Amber Ramirez, who shot 7-12 from the field, contributing 19 points and helping the team pull off the win.
The Razorbacks maintained a small lead in the first few minutes of the game, but the Rebels tied it up 11-11. Arkansas went on a 12-point run after Ole Miss caught up and the Rebels could not recover for the remainder of the game.
Despite the Hogs' tendency to fall behind in the third quarter, they rolled over Ole Miss and built a 12-point lead coming out of the half.
Head coach Mike Neighbors said he was nervous about the game because senior guard Destiny Slocum was out for the night because of an illness.
“I was a little bit rattled because we had been working on a game plan and then you get to shootaround and you don’t have that game plan,” Neighbors said in a postgame press conference. “I didn’t do a very good job of being prepared but Chelsea and Amber calmed it down.”
The entire Arkansas team stepped up in Slocum’s absence, and Neighbors said they knew how hard it was on her to not be able to show up and play.
“Our kids, just like always, show up and battle,” Neighbors said. “It’s going to be tough and it’s going to be a fight, but we’ve got some fighters.”
The win comes after the Razorbacks took a four-day break last week.