The No. 13 Arkansas women’s basketball team experienced a devastating 74-73 loss against No. 8 Texas A&M on Sunday afternoon after a game-winning layup by the Aggies’ sophomore guard Jordan Nixon with 0.4 seconds left.
The Hogs started off strong, holding the lead for 4 minutes, but continued to exchange the lead with Texas A&M throughout the game. The second half included six lead changes and Arkansas managed to stay ahead for the last seven minutes of the game until the very last second.
The Aggies called a timeout with 20 seconds left and Arkansas ahead 73-72, before forcing a turnover and Nixon made the game-winning layup with 0.4 seconds left of the game.
Senior guard Chelsea Dungee contributed 21 points for the Hogs and almost helped the team claim the win with 15 in the second half. Dungee has scored more than 20 points during every conference game this season and has notched double digits in 17 consecutive games.
Texas A&M head coach Gary Blair praised Dungee’s performance and the Aggies for secluding her after getting three fouls from her.
“We got three fouls on Dungee,” Blair said. “That wasn’t in the game plan, but we isolated her early.”
Other notable Razorback scorers include senior guards Destiny Slocum and Jailyn Mason, who had 13 points each, and sophomore guard Makayla Daniels who scored 21 points.
Texas A&M remains undefeated for all conference and non-conference games this season, but Arkansas came the closest to knocking the Aggies off. Blair praised Arkansas’ gameplay in a post game press conference and the way the team handled the pressure against one another.
“(Arkansas) exploited us in the second half a lot,” Blair said. “We got lost on defense a couple times and they buried some 3’s, but that’s what they do.”
Blair also gave credit to both of the teams and said it was difficult to play a top 13 team.
“That was a tremendous game and it could have gone either way at the end,” Blair said.
The Razorbacks are scheduled to play the Florida Gators on Thursday, Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. at Bud Walton Arena. The game will be broadcast on the SEC Network+.