The Arkansas women’s basketball team used a dominant third-quarter performance to put away the Little Rock Trojans for good, coasting to a 73-39 victory Sunday afternoon in Bud Walton Arena.
The Razorbacks’ stifling defense was on display again Sunday as they held Little Rock to 39 points and 26.3% shooting in the game.
Following the victory, Arkansas head coach Mike Neighbors lauded the practice squad for simulating Little Rock’s offense, allowing the defense to adequately prepare for the matchup.
“Playing against a team like (Little Rock) Coach (Joe) Foley’s, it’s a mental preparation, ” Neighbors said following the game. “The last two days have been mentally grueling.”
The Hogs opened the game with the first five points, and they enjoyed an 8-1 advantage until the Trojans ripped off nine straight to take a 10-8 lead with just over three minutes to play in the first quarter.
At the end of the first quarter, Little Rock held a slim 13-12 advantage over the Razorbacks.
After the Trojans opened the second quarter with a 3-pointer, Arkansas sophomore guard Sasha Goforth scored eleven straight points, leading the Hogs on a 14-0 run to take a 10-point lead over the Trojans with just over two minutes left in the half.
Arkansas led the Trojans 26-18 heading into the locker room.
The Razorbacks came out on fire in the third quarter and quickly pushed the lead to double digits. Senior guard Amber Ramirez could not miss, scoring 11 points in the quarter and shooting a perfect 4-4 in the period, including 3-3 from 3-point range.
After a quarter in which they scored more than they had in the previous two combined, the Hogs enjoyed a 54-30 lead heading into the final period of the game.
“We finally settled in and ran our offense,” Ramirez said. “Once we got the paint and got some paint touches we got a lot of easier kick-out 3s.”
Arkansas continued its dominance in the final frame — pushing the lead as wide as 36 points — on its way to a convincing win.
“I think defensively we kind of stayed with them in the first quarter,” Foley said following the game. “But it finally caught up with us, we kind of ducked our heads, let them hit some threes and it then kind of snowballed on us.”
The Razorbacks will next play at 1 p.m. Saturday at Simmons Bank Arena in North Little Rock, where they will take on Central Arkansas in their final in-state matchup of the season. The game will not air on television or be available to stream, but will be broadcast on Razorback Sports Network radio stations throughout the state.