The No. 13 Arkansas women’s basketball team fell 73-88 to the Tennessee Lady Volunteers in their third SEC match of the season Thursday at Thompson-Boling Arena.
The Razorbacks and the Lady Volunteers continued to swap the lead until halfway through the second quarter, when Tennessee gained the lead and held it for the remainder of the game.
Senior guard Chelsea Dungee led the Hogs in points with 30, marking the ninth time in her career to score 30 or more points during a game. Dungee also had seven rebounds and nine steals, which are both season highs for the athlete.
Senior guards Destiny Slocum and Amber Ramirez scored in the double digits, Slocum with 17 points and Ramirez with 15. Slocum scored 14 out of 17 of her points in the second half, helping the Razorbacks make a small comeback.
Arkansas held Tennessee to 29.4% shooting from the 3-point line. The team has been doing well on defense for the entire season, holding teams to low scoring percentages from the field. They were not able to make up the points on offense against the Lady Volunteers despite holding them to a low scoring percentage. Arkansas shot 31.9% from the field and was similar to Tennessee in only shooting 30.0% from the 3-point line.
Arkansas head coach Mike Neighbors reflected on the game in a postgame press conference.
“We’re going to talk about it and we’re going to express how we feel about it and then we’re going to try to fix some things that are fixable,” Neighbors said.
The Razorbacks made 20 out of 24 free throws in the game, which is the eighth time this season that they have made more than 20 shots from the line.
Arkansas did not have any points from players off the bench, which was the first time this has happened this season.
“It really stung because they (bench players) played so well the other night,” Neighbors said.
Neighbors said he hopes to put more pressure on the ball, get better offensively and make progress in the next few days before their game against Texas A&M.
“There’s certain things we’re just not going to be able to change,” Neighbors said. “We’re going to have to do what we do a little bit better.”
The Razorbacks are scheduled to play No. 8 Texas A&M on Sunday, Jan. 10 at 3 p.m. at Bud Walton Arena. The game will be broadcast on the SEC Network.