Arkansas guard Makayla Daniels scored a career-high 34 points Tuesday, but it was not enough to prevent an 81-72 Razorback loss to the Creighton Blue Jays.
The Razorbacks had to play shorthanded, missing senior guard Amber Ramirez and junior forward Erynn Barnum who had undisclosed injuries.
The game started out slowly, as neither team scored in the first three minutes and the Hogs turned the ball over three times. Combined, the teams shot 1-17 from the field and 1-8 from deep over the 5:30.
The scoring finally picked up when the teams traded 3-pointers in the last two minutes of the quarter. Sophomore guard Sasha Goforth knocked down two triples in the period, but after one quarter, the Blue Jays led 16-13.
The teams continued to swap shots from long range in the second quarter. Of the 25 shots made in the half, 17 came from beyond the arc, as the teams combined to shoot 17-32 from deep.
A 29-point quarter helped the Blue Jays take a 45-33 lead into halftime. Sophomore guard Lauren Jenson started 4-5 from 3-point range for Creighton and led the team with 12 points at the break.
Daniels led the Razorbacks with 12 points on 4-5 shooting going into the half. Goforth added nine points as the pair combined for 21 of the team's 33 points.
The Blue Jays came out ready to play in the second half, starting with a 10-2 run that stretched the lead to 20 points.
A 3-point play from Daniels stopped the run and helped Arkansas slow the momentum. Later in the quarter, Daniels took a hard foul and hit her head on the floor, but she got up and hit both free throws.
The Razorbacks trimmed the deficit to 67-53 entering the fourth quarter.
Sophomore guard Morgan Maly scored eight of the Blue Jays’ first 12 points in the fourth quarter and finished the game with a team-high 20.
The Razorbacks started to take momentum near the end of the game as the defense held Creighton without a made shot for the last five minutes of the game. Daniels scored seven points during an 11-2 run, but the Creighton lead was insurmountable.
Daniels ended the contest with 34 points on 11-17 shooting, including 5-6 from 3-point range and 7-8 from the free throw line.
Freshman guard Samara Spencer and freshman forward Jersey Wolfenbarger added 20 second-half points for Arkansas. Goforth ended the game with a team-high four blocks. The Blue Jays out-rebounded the Hogs 39-31 and out-assisted them 18-8.
The Razorbacks will head to Oxford, Mississippi, to open conference play and take on Ole Miss at 6 p.m. Dec. 30. The game will be broadcast on the SEC Network+.