The Arkansas Razorbacks women's basketball team has had an overall subpar season so far with 12 wins and 16 losses. With two more games to play and the SEC tournament in Jacksonville, Florida, the Lady Razorbacks will attempt to end their season solid and on a strong note.
The Ladybacks defeated the Alabama Crimson Tide at Bud Walton Arena on Feb. 18. After Arkansas’ strong first quarter outscoring Alabama, the Hogs were in for a tough battle for the next three quarters.
With 2:14 remaining in the second quarter, Bama scored a three-pointer to tie the game, but Ladybacks Devin Cosper and Malica Monk tightened up their defense and held Alabama scoreless with a 32-28 lead to finish the half.
In the third quarter, both the Razorbacks and the Crimson Tide brought their A-games and the score was neck-and-neck going into the fourth quarter. Freshman Jordan Danberry shot the game-winning basket with seven seconds remaining in the game.
Not only did Danberry score the winning basket for Arkansas, she also finished the night with 12 points and a career-best 10 assists which is the most assists by a Razorback since 2014. Danberry was not the only Lady Razorback who was acknowledged in the game against the Crimson Tide.
Junior Jessica Jackson dropped her eighth 20-point performance of the year, and scored 10 points after the first 10 minutes of the second quarter. Junior Alecia Cooley also contributed to the win with 11 points and six boards.
The Ladybacks traveled to Lexington to take on SEC foe No. 16 Kentucky on Feb. 21. Even with a strong third quarter, and three of their players in double figures, it was not enough for Arkansas to take home the win.
In the first quarter, even though the Wildcats scored a three-pointer at the buzzer at the end of the frame, the Razorbacks began the game solid. The second quarter was not in the Razorbacks’ favor, as Kentucky outscored Arkansas 22-10. The Razorbacks stepped up their game and outscored the Wildcats 20-11 in the third quarter and headed into the fourth quarter down just 55-46. The Wildcats made their free throws and ended up with the win.
The Razorbacks matched Kentucky with the same amount of three-pointers in the game, but the Wildcats outrebounded the Hogs 37-24. Even with the loss, Jackson stood out and paced Arkansas with 18 points, scoring her first 13 points in the first 30 minutes of the game. Freshman Malica Monk and junior Kelsey Brooks also stood out and represented the Hogs. Monk added 12 points and forced a couple of turnovers, and Brooks added 10 points and had a pair of three-pointers.
The Lady Razorbacks will travel to Athens, Georgia, to play the Bulldogs Thursday at 6 p.m.