The No. 16 Arkansas women’s basketball team fell 69-67 to the No. 7 Texas A&M Aggies for the second time this season at their Sunday matchup.
The teams stayed neck-and-neck throughout the entire game, with Texas A&M building the lead with 12 points halfway through the fourth quarter. Arkansas got into foul trouble with key players, as senior guard Chelsea Dungee and senior forward Taylah Thomas racked up four fouls each before the end of the game.
Senior guard Amber Ramirez had another great game after her performance against Missouri, scoring 21 points with 15 of them coming from 3-pointers. Dungee extended her double-digit scoring streak to 25, attaining 12 points. Sophomore guard Makayla Daniels and sophomore forward Erynn Barnum also had notable performances, achieving 13 and 10 points respectively.
Barnum shot a perfect 4-4 from the field and head coach Mike Neighbors praised her performance in a postgame press conference.
“I thought she really had her hands ready,” Neighbors said. “She went 2-4 from the foul line which she's been shooting below that so those were crucial points. She drew fouls too and that was much needed for us”
Third-quarter troubles have become a recurring theme in Southeastern Conference games, Neighbors said.
“I thought we lost the game in the third quarter when we had a little lapse in focus and (Texas A&M) went on a run,” Neighbors said.
As far as improvement for the team goes, Neighbors said he thinks the team could work on rebounding a little better, but he was proud of the Hog’s effort in trying their best against one of the best teams in the country.
“I think all of our kids will probably say that there were one or two more shots that they would have liked to probably make,” Neighbors said. “But, again, we’re on the road with a team that is probably going to be in the top 5 tomorrow.”
Neighbors was happy with the outcome of the game despite the Razorbacks loss, he said. Being able to keep it close with a team in the Top 10 was important to him, however he wished the team had a few extra days to prepare for the defense that the Aggies pushed onto the Hogs on Sunday afternoon.
“They’re one of the best defensive teams in the country,” Neighbors said. “You’re not going to probably get a great look because they’re going to do what they did and come out and contest it.”
Arkansas’ next match-up will be against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 11 at Bud Walton Arena. The game will be broadcast on the SEC Network.