Humphrey Coliseum claimed a second Arkansas team last night, as the Razorback women’s basketball team (10-5 1-1) lost to No. 5 Mississippi State (16-0 2-0) 111-69, setting a new Bulldog record for points in a conference game in the process.
The best scoring offense in the Southeastern Conference passed the 100-point mark for the fourth time this season to give the Hogs their third straight loss on the road.
The Hogs got off to a 5-0 start, which turned out to be the largest lead for the Hogs last night. The first quarter was a close one, and neither team led by more than five points. The second quarter was much of the same story until MSU went on a 14-6 run in the final four minutes to pad the Bulldog lead a bit and go to the locker rooms up by 10.
At the end of the first half, MSU guards Morgan William, Blair Schaefer and Victoria Vivians were already in double-figures in scoring. Meanwhile, the Hogs were led with 11 points from sophomore forward/center Kiara Williams.
In the third quarter, the Razorbacks met the full force of Vivian’s offensive power. The 2017 NCAA All-Final Four Team member scored 15 points in the third quarter on 7-for-7 shooting. She would later end the game leading all scorers with 29 points. Vivian’s scoring led the Bulldogs to a 22-point lead heading into the final quarter.
As the game went on, Arkansas scored fewer points each quarter. The Hogs managed 20 points in the first quarter, but would go on to score 19, 18, and 12 points in the next three. The situation was the exact opposite for MSU, and they scored a game-high 32 points in the final 10 minutes to pull away from the Hogs for the huge win.
Arkansas’ sophomore guard Jailyn Mason led the Hogs with 15 points and four assists. Williams finished the game with 13 points to tie a career high. Graduate guard Devin Cosper managed another 13 points and seven boards in the matchup.
In comparison, all five of MSU’s starters ended the game in double-digit scoring. The Bulldogs did most of their work in the paint, where they scored a whopping 46 points.
Arkansas shot a solid 45 percent from the field but only managed 33 percent from three and 58 percent from the charity stripe. Mississippi State took advantage on its home floor and simply shot the ball better, going for 57 percent from the field, 50 percent from three and 93 percent from the line.
The Razorbacks were inefficient with the ball in this game. The Hogs turned the ball over 16 times, the third most they’ve had all season. To their credit, that shouldn’t be a surprise when going up against a Bulldog team that came into this game at No. 23 in the nation in forcing turnovers, according to the NCAA stat log. The Bulldogs capitalized off Arkansas’ carelessness by scoring 27 of their points off turnovers, all while giving up a season-low four turnovers themselves.
The second half was especially dooming for Arkansas. Each team had 40 possessions, but the Hogs only converted 16 times, while the Bulldogs did so 29 times.
Arkansas will come back home for its next game to face the Alabama Crimson Tide (11-4 1-1) at 3 p.m. Sunday at Bud Walton Arena.