It was a third quarter to remember for Razorback women’s basketball as senior Alexis Tolefree nailed six three-pointers to boost Arkansas (9-1) to a 94-41 victory over Tulsa (3-7) Wednesday night.
Coming into the game, Arkansas was riding a three-game win streak including an impressive home victory Kansas State.
The Golden Hurricanes were coming off of a four-game losing streak that included a loss to the Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans on Dec. 7.
Arkansas entered the game as the No. 9 scoring offense in the country, averaging over 84 points per game.
Chelsea Dungee opened up the game for the Hogs with a shifty layup, but it was her two turnovers in the first four minutes that kept Tulsa close.
After a three-point play by junior Taylah Thomas, Arkansas cracked the scoring barrier and went on an eight-point run to take a 10-2 lead.
The Razorbacks carried the momentum as they led 14-2 at the end of the first quarter. Neither team shot higher than 35% from the field in the quarter.
Arkansas opened the second quarter with a 6-0 run in the first two minutes. Tulsa scored just its second basket of the game with 7:43 remaining in the quarter.
Though they struggled offensively, the Razorbacks went into halftime with a 41-16 lead over the Golden Hurricanes. Arkansas out-rebounded Tulsa 29-16 and forced 10 turnovers in the first half.
The Hogs went against their usual offense of firing three-pointers nearly every possession and decided to drive the ball inside quite often in the second half. That was due in large part to the fact that they were 2-11 from three-point range in the first half.
Senior Alexis Tolefree splashed three three-pointers to open the second half. Arkansas expanded its lead to 51-18 just three minutes into the third quarter.
Tolefree continued her trend for the season by lighting up the second half. She nailed five three-pointers in the third quarter to push the Arkansas lead to 66-27 going into the fourth quarter.
The Hogs stayed hot in the fourth quarter as junior guard A’Tyanna Gaulden nailed a three-point shot on the first possession.
Neither team gave up in the fourth quarter. They were both physical, leading to seven fouls called in the first five minutes of the quarter.
The Hogs hit their season average of 84 points with 2:49 remaining in the game. That gave Arkansas an 84-34 lead over the Golden Hurricanes, adding insult to injury.
The Razorbacks went on to defeat Tulsa 91-41. Alexis Tolefree led the Hogs with 20 points, going 6-10 from three.
Arkansas shot 44% from the field compared to Tulsa’s 26%. The Golden Hurricane went 0-16 from three in the game.
The Hogs out-rebounded Tulsa 52-35 and forced 19 turnovers.
The Razorbacks will return to action against Northwestern State on Sunday, Dec. 15, at 2 p.m. in Bud Walton Arena.
The game will be aired on the SEC Network+.