The No. 19 Razorback women’s basketball team fell to the No. 22 Georgia Bulldogs, 75-73 Monday night after Georgia senior guard Gabby Connally made a mid-range jumper with 0.9 seconds left on the clock.
The game remained a close one from the moment the players stepped on the court until the very last second. The biggest deficit was nine points as Georgia led late in the first quarter, but Arkansas tied it up by halftime, 39-39.
The Hogs struggled to score and take the lead they needed to win in the last few minutes of the game, head coach Mike Neighbors said in a post-game press conference.
“We got to the foul line a couple times and we had a hard time getting a field goal,” Neighbors said. “(Georgia), defensively, has always given us fits.”
Arkansas shot 84% from the free throw line, pushing them to try for a Georgia foul in the last few minutes of the game. The Hogs only shot 36.9% from the field and 26.7% from 3-point range, which ultimately wore them out and cost them the win.
“I thought for a large portion of the game we played really well,” Neighbors said. “But you can’t play large portions of the game when you’re on the road in this league, especially this year.”
Senior guard Chelsea Dungee was a difference-maker on the boards, scoring 25 points and acquiring eight rebounds. It is the 20th straight game she has scored more than 20 points, including all seven Southeastern Conference games this season.
Other players who notched double digits include senior guard Destiny Slocum, sophomore forward Erynn Barnum and sophomore guard Makayla Daniels, shooting 11, 15 and 13, respectively.
Neighbors commended Barnum’s ability to come off the bench and get more comfortable playing.
“She’s been great in practice for the past four or five days, and she’s starting to carry it over to the floor,” Neighbors said. “We needed that.”
Even though Arkansas lost, Neighbors thinks the team’s confidence is the key to win games against ranked teams, he said.
“There’s plenty of positives,” Neighbors said. “There’s plenty of things that will help us if we can stay together and get to March and keep our confidence where it needs to be.”
Arkansas has started preparing for its game against the No. 3 UConn Huskies at Bud Walton Arena at 4 p.m. The game will be available on ESPN2. UConn is replacing Vanderbilt after its women’s basketball team canceled the season because of COVID-19 related issues.