The No. 16 Arkansas women’s basketball team (3-1) finished 2-1 in the Gulf Coast Showcase in Fort Myers, Florida, from Nov. 27-29.
The Razorbacks defeated the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (2-1), 98-82, Friday morning. Arkansas used a 56-point second half, including a school-record 37-point third quarter, to run away with the win.
Senior guard Amber Ramirez led the team in scoring against the Demon Deacons with 22 points. She was 9-of-11 from the field, while also shooting 4-of-6 from 3-point range.
Arkansas squared off against the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles on Saturday and won in comeback fashion, 86-80. Going into the fourth quarter, the Hogs were down 67-60. The Razorbacks rallied and outscored the Eagles, 26-13, to take the win.
Senior guard Chelsea Dungee led the Hogs in scoring Saturday with 25 points. She also grabbed six rebounds, went 8-of-21 shooting and 3-of-6 from beyond the arc.
The Razorbacks ended the weekend with a 115-96 loss against No. 12 Maryland Terrapins (2-1) on Sunday. The 115 points are the most allowed by an Arkansas team since the Stanford Cardinal scored 114 on March 24, 1990.
Sophomore guard Makayla Daniels led five Razorbacks in double figures Sunday with 21 points. Dungee added 18 and senior guard Destiny Slocum put up 16. Off the bench, sophomore forward Marquesha Davis added 15 and senior guard Jailyn Mason scored 10.
Maryland jumped out to a 27-17 lead at the end of the first quarter and would outscore Arkansas 30-20 to end the half to take a 20-point lead, 57-37. The Terps won the third quarter, 41-33, to all but seal the game.
“They played great,” head coach Mike Neighbors said after the contest against Maryland. “They made us wrong. That thing we like to do to people, they did it to us. They haven’t proven that they can make the 3, but now they did tonight.”
Throughout the event, Dungee averaged 20 points per game, five rebounds per game and shot 24-of-30 from the free-throw line.
Arkansas played its season opener against the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles (0-2) on Wednesday, Nov. 25 in Bud Walton Arena. The Razorbacks dominated in the matinee game with a 96-49 win.
The Razorbacks held the Golden Eagles to six points in the first quarter and proceeded to pile on in the victory. Slocum led the Hogs in scoring at 22 in her Arkansas debut and was 9-of-14 shooting. Dungee scored 17 points, including eight from the charity stripe.
The Hogs played four games in five days, including the season opening win against Oral Roberts,
“We’re sitting here at 3-1 and we know a lot about our team,” Neighbors said. “Now, we need to rest and we’re tired, and you could start to see that a little bit in our body language. There was no quit, obviously, even after you give up a 41-point quarter.”
Arkansas dropped from No. 14 to No. 16 after this weekend in the AP Poll.
The Razorback women’s basketball team will return home to take on Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks on Thursday, Dec. 3. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on the SEC Network.