The Razorback women's basketball team won its second in-state matchup of the season Friday with a 94-71 triumph over Arkansas State.
Friday's game followed a tough loss at No. 2 UConn on Nov. 15. The Red Wolves were coming off a 96-72 win over McNeese State in Jonesboro.
Friday’s game was the first as part of a four-year agreement between Arkansas and Arkansas State to play each season, and it marked the first time since the 2005 postseason that the teams have met on the court. Arkansas State won that matchup 98-84 to advance to the third round of the National Invitational Tournament.
The in-state battle was initially delayed because of technical difficulties with the soreboard’s shot clock, which could not be used during the game. Arkansas State head coach Matt Daniel told ESPN before halftime that the smaller replacement shot clocks affected his game management because they were hard to see and the Razorbacks run a fast-paced, volume shooting-based offense. The Red Wolves had trouble slowing down the pace of the game without them.
Arkansas’ starting lineup featured four guards — sophomore Sasha Goforth, redshirt senior Amber Ramirez, junior Makayla Daniels and redshirt freshman Elauna Eaton — and redshirt junior forward Erynn Barnum.
Arkansas State started the game hot, jumping to a 4-0 lead shortly into the first quarter, before Daniels put the Hogs on her back. She put up 10 in the first six minutes of the game, allowing her younger teammates to acclimate to the fast pace.
The teams traded scoring runs before all the Razorbacks seemed to find their shot, ending the quarter shooting 58% from the field and 35% from 3.
Arkansas built on its first-quarter momentum with an immediate 3 by Goforth, which started off a 7-0 run for the Razorbacks. Arkansas State continued to give up points, and the Razorbacks picked apart the Red Wolves, shooting 50% from the field.
Reigning Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week Samara Spencer came off the bench and scored 12 points, further sparking the Hogs’ offense. Arkansas State slowed the Hogs down toward the end of the half and cut the deficit to nine points heading into halftime.
At the start of the second half, Arkansas quickly piled on the lead with an 8-2 run. From there, it was insurmountable for the Red Wolves, who did not lead for the rest of the game.
The Razorbacks continued to shoot effectively from the field and took an 18-point lead, their largest of the night thus far.
Once Arkansas took a 20-pointlead in the fourth quarter, it became apparent that the Red Wolves were out. The Razorbacks’ core did not slow down the pace, and several shots from deep ended any hope for an Arkansas State comeback.
The Hogs piled it on, playing starters long into the fourth. The late effort secured a 94-71 victory for the Razorbacks, who improved to 3-1 on the year.
Coming up for the Hogs is a home match against the SMU Mustangs at 7 p.m. Monday. The match will be streamed on the SEC Network+.