Slocum

Senior guard Destiny Slocum takes a shot in the Razorbacks’ win over Mississippi State. Slocum posted 29 points returning from a one-game absence in the Sunday night defeat of the LSU Tigers.

The No. 18 Arkansas women’s basketball team defeated the LSU Tigers, 74-64, Sunday night at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, picking up its seventh conference win of the season. The victory propelled Arkansas to the No. 16 spot in the rankings.

The Razorbacks started off strong and maintained a lead throughout the game, never letting the Tigers catch up. Senior guards Destiny Slocum, Chelsea Dungee and Amber Ramirez, with sophomore forward Erynn Barnum, had remarkable performances to help the team pull off a victory.

Slocum had an outstanding game against the Tigers after not playing Friday night because of an illness. She scored 29 points, shooting 11-15 from the field and 5-7 from the 3-point line. Slocum also had an exceptional defensive game, racking up four steals and three defensive rebounds.

“She has a ton of energy, she’s still not at 100%,” head coach Mike Neighbors said in a postgame press conference. “She said before the game that she’s at about 90, but I think she made her first six shots.”

Dungee and Barnum both contributed in the double digits, scoring 20 and 12 points, respectively. Ramirez did not score any points, but was an asset on defense, gaining six rebounds and keeping the team calm in times of stress.

“She was in the right spot a bunch of times defensively,” Neighbors said. “She gets labeled shooter and she gets labeled a lot of things, but she was really good coming off ball screens and settled us down a little bit there in the press when we got a little panicked a couple of times.”

Barnum was the only bench player who scored, shooting 5-8 from the field. Neighbors praised Barnum’s performance and said he has high hopes for the athlete.

“She was really good defensively,” Neighbors said. “I thought when she came in when Taylah (Thomas) came out and there was no slippage. She always gives us a lift offensively because she’s got such a good feel for the game.”

The Razorbacks shot 69.6% from the free throw line, as well as shooting 49% from the field and were able to hold the Tigers to a shooting percentage of only 36.4.

Arkansas will travel to Alabama to play the Auburn Tigers tonight at 8 p.m. The game will be broadcast on the SEC Network.

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