The men’s and women’s basketball teams played several games in which they faced the bulk of their nonconference opponents.
The men’s team beat the Northwestern State Demons 117-78 on Dec. 1, which ended a two-game losing streak. The Razorbacks’ 117 points were the most they had posted all season, and it was the first time the team has scored at least 100 points since last year’s contest against the Auburn Tigers on Feb. 10.
The Demons possessed a four-point lead about three minutes into the first half, but Arkansas quickly took control of the game. The Hogs led by 16 going into halftime, and that lead ballooned to 46 halfway into the second half.
Junior forward Moses Kingsley and guard Dusty Hannahs tied for a team-high 21 points. Kingsley also grabbed 10 rebounds while shooting 70 percent from the field and 78 percent from the free-throw line.
Hannahs came off the bench and hit half of his 3-point shots. His three treys were the most he’s made since hitting five Nov. 20 against Charleston Southern.
On Friday, the Razorbacks traveled to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, to match up against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. The Demon Deacons won the game 88-85 despite a strong comeback by the Hogs. Arkansas forced more turnovers and scored six more points than Wake Forest in the second half.
Kingsley and Hannahs tied again with a team-high 15 points each. Junior Manuale Watkins added 14 points and four rebounds off the bench.
The women’s team faced off Dec. 2 against the Missouri State Bears for the seventh nonconference game and the fourth at Bud Walton Arena this season. The Razorbacks lost 69-54.
The teams were tied going into the fourth period, but the Bears went on a 26-11 run to close out the game.
Center Alecia Cooley was the offensive star for the Hogs with 12 points. The junior transfer also grabbed 10 rebounds for the first double-double of her Razorback career, according to Razorback Athletics.
Sophomore guard Devin Cosper poured in 11 points, which was the second highest on the team. However, Cosper shot around 30 percent and committed four turnovers, which tied for a team high.
Forward Jessica Jackson, last year’s leading scorer for the Hogs, scored just four points and completed just 1-of-9 shots from the field. Jackson did have six rebounds. Freshman guard Jordan Danberry also struggled shooting the ball and made just one on 12 attempts. Danberry added three assists.
As a whole, the Razorbacks shot 34 percent from the field.
The next game for the Hogs was against the Rutgers University Scarlet Knights. The Hogs lost 60-40, which extended their losing streak to six. The streak is the longest under second-year head coach Jimmy Dykes.
Cosper led the team in scoring with 11 points. She added two assists and two steals. Cooley was the second leading scorer with eight points, and she earned four rebounds. Freshman guard Briunna Freeman led the team in rebounds with seven.
The Hogs take on Oral Roberts at 8 p.m. Thursday in Bud Walton Arena. The game will be broadcast on the SEC Network.
For coverage of Tuesday’s men’s game against the Aces, check out uatrav.com.