The No. 16 Arkansas women’s basketball team defeated the Missouri Tigers 85-80 on Thursday night at Mizzou Arena, securing the Razorbacks’ second win of the season against the Tigers.
The Hogs were able to build their lead in the third quarter and Missouri was unable to make a comeback until the fourth quarter, making up a 12 point deficit. Arkansas led Missouri for almost the entire game until there was 2:22 left on the clock, when the Tigers gained a one-point lead that lasted under 30 seconds.
Senior guards Chelsea Dungee, Destiny Slocum and Amber Ramirez were an unstoppable trio against the Tigers. Their teamwork produced 66 points together, with the players notching 27, 22 and 17 points respectively.
Dungee has scored in the double digits for 24 consecutive games and has scored more than 20 points in eight out of nine Southeastern Conference games this season.
Slocum helped the Razorbacks get off to a sufficient start, scoring 14 points and obtaining seven assists in the first half. She had a successful offensive game, shooting 8-13 from the field and 6-8 from the 3-point line. She attained a double-double with 22 points and 10 total assists.
Head coach Mike Neighbors spoke highly of the fifth-year seniors and their ability to settle the team down when games got close.
“It took us a little bit of time, but they developed a really cool connection and just made a lot of defenses wrong based on a scouting report or how the play developed,” Neighbors said in a postgame press conference. “It’s become one of those things that is so fun to watch and so fun to coach.”
Another notable performance came from senior forward Taylah Thomas, who had five blocks, which was a new career best for the athlete.
Neighbors has learned to never assume that winning a game is a sure thing until the final horn goes off, but he thinks this was a well-deserved win for the team, especially since it was its first conference road win, he said.
“Any road win in the SEC, especially this year when you look at where we had to go, we knew a win was going to be valuable and it’s so hard to do against the person you play twice,” Neighbors said. “We play (Missouri) twice every year, so to get the end season sweep was really good for us.”
Arkansas will travel to College Station, Texas, to play against the Texas A&M Aggies at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 7. The game will be broadcast on the SEC Network.