ARK WBB 11/28/21

Arkansas senior guard Amber Ramirez scans the court while dribbling against Sam Houston State. Ramirez scored seven points and added three assists Sunday in the Hogs’ 86-63 win over Belmont.

The Arkansas women’s basketball team toppled the Belmont Bruins in a 83-63 victory Sunday night in Fayetteville.

The Razorbacks started out hot with a 12-1 run to give them a 22-6 lead midway through the first quarter.

Arkansas started the game shooting 9-12, 4-5 from 3-point range. Junior forward Erynn Barnum led the team with nine points on 3-3 shooting in the quarter.

“If you follow Belmont, if you let those guys hang around it’s down to the wire,” head coach Mike Neighbors said after the game. “If you can get out and do what we did, you can breathe a little easier… I think the start had a lot to do with it. It was massive.”

Arkansas won the turnover battle in the first quarter, coughing the ball up once while Belmont turned it over seven times. The Bruins were able to battle back to 29-20 at the end of the first.

The Hogs got back to work in the second quarter, outscoring Belmont 22-8 to make the score 51-28 at halftime. They made seven of their first nine shots in the quarter, including three of four from deep.

In the first half, the Hogs shot 18-31 and 8-13 from 3. Barnum led the Razorbacks with 11 points and seven rebounds. Freshman guard Samara Spencer put up nine points and shot 3-4 beyond the arc.

The second half was a more competitive affair, as Belmont outscored Arkansas 34-32.

Despite the late push from the Bruins, Arkansas held on for its sixth victory of the season. It was a balanced attack for Arkansas, as four Razorbacks finished in double-digit scoring. Barnum led the team with 15 points and Spencer added 13.

Sophomore guard Sasha Goforth and freshman guard Jersey Wolfenbarger each scored 10. Sophomore guard Rylee Langerman added eight points on 3-3 shooting, including two 3-pointers.

“Really good balance, which has become something our team really prides themselves on,” Neighbors said after the game. “They were trying to get Rylee another two points so we could have another person in double figures. I love to see that. Our team is just really fun to watch. They’re fun to be around. They’re fun to practice with.”

Arkansas shot 48% from the field and from deep, making 10 of 21 3-point shots. The Razorbacks forced 19 turnovers and committed just 10, and they outscored the Bruins 26-10 on points off turnovers.

The Hogs will take on the UCF Knights at 5 p.m. Thursday in Orlando, Florida. The game will be streamed on ESPN+.

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