WBB Sec Tournament 3/4

Senior guard Chelsea Dungee attempts a layup in the Razorbacks’ home win over Ole Miss. Despite a 22-point effort from Dungee, the Rebels bounced Arkansas from the SEC Tournament on Thursday night..

 

The No. 13 Arkansas women’s basketball team fell to the Ole Miss Rebels, 69-60, at the Southeastern Conference Tournament on Thursday night at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, South Carolina.

The Hogs only scored seven points during the first quarter, quickly falling behind and giving Ole Miss the momentum it needed to keep the lead and win the game.

“Ole Miss was very, very focused,” head coach Mike Neighbors said in a postgame press conference. “They really made it hard on us to function offensively, with a seven point first quarter and we were fighting uphill the whole night from that point on.”

The Razorbacks were able to make a comeback during the second and third quarters, staying close behind the Rebels and surpassing them once by two points, 24-22, during the second quarter for less than 20 seconds. Arkansas slowly started to trail during the fourth quarter, which led the Hogs to a 69-60 defeat.

Senior guard Destiny Slocum said she thinks the first quarter set the team behind a little bit, but Ole Miss was a good competitor for the Hogs. Senior guards Chelsea Dungee, Amber Ramirez and Slocum had good shot selections and scored in the double digits, scoring 22, 10 and 13 points, respectively, but it was not enough to claim the team a win.

“We took great shots,” Slocum said. “I thought we got really good shots, but tonight they just weren’t falling and I think we fought until the fourth quarter.”

Ole Miss junior forward Shakira Austin gave the Hogs a lot of trouble on offense and defense, securing 13 defensive rebounds and leading the Rebels in points with 29.

“I think (Ole Miss) just having someone with that length and that athleticism, in general on the defensive end for her, is something that can be a little bit of a mental game and I think we let it get to us a little bit,” Slocum said.

Neighbors said he thinks there was a lot of frustration revolving around the game and not being able to make good offensive plays, but that he hopes the team can use this loss as motivation in the NCAA Tournament.

“That’s the most important thing going into the NCAA Tournament,” Neighbors said, “Making sure that we’re healthy and happy. This one will sting a little bit, but I just left the locker room, they’re not broken. They’re just stung a little bit and a good lesson learned.”

Slocum said this loss is not something that should define them, but the team will use it as fuel going into the NCAA Tournament.

The team is waiting to see who they will play in the NCAA Tournament on Selection Monday on March 15. The selection will air live on ESPN at 7 p.m.

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