The Arkansas women’s basketball team claimed its first Southeastern Conference win of the season with a 91-88 victory over the Missouri Tigers on Sunday at Bud Walton Arena.
The Razorbacks bounced back from Thursday’s loss and led Missouri for 35 of the 40 minutes of the game. Arkansas trailed 8-0 after a few minutes, but soon gained a lead and maintained it for the remainder of the first half.
Senior guard Chelsea Dungee led the team to victory, scoring 25 points and playing an integral part in keeping the Hogs ahead. Sunday marked the 36th time in her career that she scored over 20 points.
Head coach Mike Neighbors said in a postgame press conference that he was proud of the bench for managing ball possessions and slowing down the game before it got out of hand.
“Our bench was phenomenal today,” Neighbors said. “They came in and gave us a lift on offense and defense.”
Senior guard Jailyn Mason was a notable player off the bench, who returned after taking a break from playing and became “a difference-maker on the boards,” Neighbors said.
“Jailyn’s minutes are so vital because she plays four positions,” Neighbors said. “There’s just not many people in basketball that can comprehend playing four sports and know that in each one of those spots, her role is unique.”
This was the third consecutive win for the Razorbacks against the Tigers.
Neighbors has always respected their team and competition against one another, he said.
“They’ve always historically tried to post us up with our guards,” Neighbors said. “Then they tried that today and had a lot of success with it, but we got some turnovers down in there.”
Arkansas controlled its defense with 19 turnovers and shot 50% from the field during the second quarter.
“I think just being able to utilize the skills that we have and that we know that each other can do is really important for us,” Mason said. “And that offense and defense was killer for them.”
Notable scorers included Dungee, senior guard Amber Ramirez, senior guard Destiny Slocum and sophomore guard Makayla Daniels, who all scored in double digits.
After coming off a loss against Kentucky, Mason said that practices were really tough and being able to help and critique one another during practice was vital in winning against Missouri.
“I think that just being on each other helps a lot and being able to take that kind of coaching is a good thing for our team,” Mason said.
The Razorbacks are scheduled to travel to Thompson-Boling Arena to play Tennessee on Thursday, Jan 7 at 5:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast on the SEC Network.