Arkansas’s Big Three Nullified by Georgia

The Razorbacks fell to the Georgia Bulldogs 64-55 on Jan. 23 following 20 turnovers and a 15-0 run by the Bulldogs in the second half.

The Hogs’ three leading scorers all shot under 28% from the floor as Georgia defeated No. 21 Arkansas 64-55 with the help of a late scoring outburst.

Senior guard Alexis Tolefree and junior guards Amber Ramirez and Chelsea Dungee were shut down for the first time this season against the Bulldogs. They combined for 29 points on 7-31 shooting and were 2-10 from beyond the arc.

“We just didn’t make shots that we normally make,” Tolefree said. “We gotta get back in the gym and get back to work.”

Georgia junior guard Gabby Connally scored 18 points on 7-12 shooting and was 3-7 from deep. Connally’s three triples equalled Arkansas’s total for the game — the lowest number of threes they have made in a game this season.

“She’s our leader, our leading scorer and our go-to player,” Georgia head coach Joni Taylor said.

Connally, who was named SEC player of the week Dec. 2, reached double figures for the 14th time this season. The San Antonio-native averages a little more than 12 points a game.

“We let her get comfortable,” Arkansas head coach Mike Neighbors said. “When she got going she really changed the complexion on both ends of the floor.”

The teams were tied at 29 after a sloppy first half consisting of a combined 24 turnovers. Both teams finished with high turnover totals: Arkansas with 20 and Georgia with 18.

“20 turnovers, we’re not going to overcome that,” Neighbors said. “We’re not going to beat teams like that with that kind of departure from our identity.”

The second half went back-and-forth until Georgia went on a 15-0 run that started in the back-half of the third quarter and lasted until the middle of the fourth. Arkansas was scoreless for more than seven minutes during the stretch.

“Georgia absolutely dictated the tempo from tip to buzzer,” Neighbors said.

Georgia’s freshman forward Erynn Barnum led the team with 14 points on 6-12 shooting, was the only one with a positive plus-minus and played just 15 minutes.

After winning 12 of its first 13 games, Arkansas, who was ranked seventh in the SEC prior to the game, is now 3-3 in its last six games. All six of those games have come against SEC competition, and the other two losses have come against ranked teams,Texas A&M and South Carolina.

Arkansas will finish its two-game homestand against Florida at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26, at Bud Walton Arena.

Parker Tillson is in his second year as a sports reporter for The Arkansas Traveler.

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