Razorback junior guard Makayla Daniels scored 16 points in the second quarter Sunday afternoon, sparking a 9-0 run that put the Hogs up for good in an 84-67 win over the California Golden Bears at Bud Walton Arena.
The Razorbacks quickly jumped out to an 11-5 advantage, but California closed the first quarter on a 13-4 run to take an 18-15 lead going into the second quarter.
“I think at the beginning of the game we let them set the tempo and dictate the intensity,” Daniels said. “Once we came out in the second, we picked up the intensity and got going.”
Sophomore guard Sasha Goforth was the lone constant in the first quarter of action, shooting 3-4 from the field, scoring seven points and pulling down two rebounds.
“She had that takeover look in her eyes,” Arkansas head coach Mike Neighbors said following the game. “I thought she was vital on both ends of the floor.”
The Bears pushed their lead to nine early in the second quarter, and led 28-20 before the Hogs responded with a 9-0 run that was capped off by a pair of Goforth free throws resulting in a 29-28 lead with just over three minutes to play in the half.
Arkansas held a 40-33 advantage at halftime thanks to Daniels’ outstanding second quarter, in which she scored half of her game-high 32 points.
“I started off with an airball,” Daniels said. “Confidence in my teammates helped me keep that confidence in myself to keep shooting, because I know I can shoot the ball.”
In a rare occurrence, the Golden Bears were called for three technical fouls during the game — one in each of the first three quarters — leading to 5- and-6-point plays for the Razorbacks.
Arkansas used hot shooting from beyond the arc to extend its lead in the third quarter. Going into the fourth, the Razorbacks had a 65-53 advantage over California.
The Bears were unable to complete a fourth quarter comeback and the Razorbacks comfortably secured their seventh victory of the season.
The Hogs will look to build on the win 7 p.m. Thursday when they take on Jackson State in Bud Walton Arena. The game will stream on the SEC Network+.