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Razorback Women Shock LSU in Baton Rouge

Led by a game-high 25 points from freshman Jessica Jackson, the University of Arkansas women's basketball team climbed back after trailing by as much as 15 points and upset No. 19/18 LSU in a 57-53 final.
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Led by a game-high 25 points from freshman Jessica Jackson, the University of Arkansas women's basketball team (18-9, 5-9 SEC) climbed back after trailing by as much as 15 points and upset No. 19/18 LSU (18-9, 7-7 SEC) in a 57-53 final at Pete Maravich Assembly Center on Sunday.

Jackson finished 47.3 percent from the field and scored 20 of her 25 points in the second half alone behind a career-high five 3-pointers. The win marked the first road win over a ranked team for the Razorbacks since beating No. 6/7 Tennessee in OT in Knoxville (2-23-12).

Shooting struggles were the story of the first half for the Razorbacks, who finished just 23 percent (7-for-30) from the floor. Jackson led the team with five points, but was just 1-for-4 from 3-point range. LSU also out-rebounded UA 29-to-15 in the first half, including 13 rebounds coming off the offensive glass alone. Despite poor shooting, a 7-0 run late in the first half helped the Razorbacks settle in, breathe easier and cut the LSU lead to 16-10 by the 6:05 mark. UA's shooting improved to 16 percent (3-for-19), as Jackson and Keira Peak led the team with three points a piece. LSU missed three straight field goals over the stretch and were forced into four turnovers by the UA defense. Melissa Wolff came off the bench late in the half and got scrappy inside, coming up with two big, offensive rebound putbacks and helping UA hang in the game at 21-14 with 3:30 to play in the half.

An 8-2 run led single handedly by Theresa Plaisance helped LSU extend its lead to a commanding 27-14 mark with just over a minute to play in the half. A 3-pointer from Calli Berna helped give UA a little momentum and make it just a 10-point deficit heading into the locker room.

In the second half, Arkansas put together a 9-0 run to help trim the lead to single digits at 32-26 with 15:30 to play. Bria Pitts came off the bench and had an impact in the push, finding her range from outside and scoring an SEC career-high nine points on the day in 15 minutes. Jackson and the Razorbacks continued to climb back into the game, as Jackson led an 8-0 run that included back-to-back triples from the freshman to give UA its first lead at 42-39 with 6:09 to play. A contested game down the stretch, it was Jackson who rose to the occasion and took over, as the Hogs pulled out the upset behind 20 second-half points from the freshman.

“It was a great win for our program today,” Tom Collen said. “We told our players that we were only down 10 at the half and that if we would commit to our defense the offense would come. Several of our young players stepped up and contributed and this is a great team victory.”

- Jessica Jackson finished with a game-high 25 points, including a career-high five 3-pointers. The freshman has reached double figures in 24 of 27 games this season, including 13+ points in 16 of the last 18 contests. Career-high is five 3-pointers in a game. Jackson has scored 20+ points seven times this season.

- Keira Peak finished with a double-double (10 points and tied a season-high 10 rebounds). The senior also recorded four steals and one block to round out the stat sheet.

- Bria Pitts came off the bench and scored an SEC career-high nine points in 22 minutes.

- Melissa Wolff had four points and nine rebounds from off the bench, including a career-high seven on the offensive glass alone.

- The Razorback bench came in and scored 13 points to the 12 from Tiger backups. Arkansas is 16-2 this season when its bench outscores the reserves of the opposition.

- Calli Berna recored five points and six assists on the night. The junior bumped her season assist total to 188 and moved closer to breaking the program’s class record for most assists by a junior in a season. Amy Wright had 198 assists as a junior. Averaging 7.0 assists per game and with four games left, Berna is on pace to erasing Wright’s mark for her own.

- Berna now has 484 career assists, which ranks fifth all-time in program history.

- Arkansas finished the first half just 23 percent (7-for-30) from the field. The lowest shooting performance in a half by the Razorbacks this season is 19.4%, which happened in the first half against South Carolina during UA’s SEC season opener.

- The Razorbacks finished the first half with just 17 points, which marked the second-lowest point total in a half this season. UA was held to just 16 points in the first half at home against South Carolina in UA’s SEC season opener.

- Arkansas has held 17 opponents this season to more or the same amount of turnovers as field goals. LSU had 19 field goals and 19 turnovers on the day.

- Arkansas nearly held LSU to a season-low point total, allowing just 53 points. The Tigers were held to 48 points in a loss earlier this season against Texas A&M. Arkansas has held a total of 11 opponents this season to season-low point totals.

- Arkansas recorded 11 steals in the game. Over their last six games, the Razorbacks have recorded a combined 60 steals. UA averages 9.5 takeaways per game this season.

- The Commodores came in averaging 70.6 points per game, but were held to just 53 points by the Razorbacks. Arkansas is first in the SEC and second in the NCAA in scoring defense, allowing opponents an average of just 52.3 points per game this season.

- Arkansas was out-rebounded 45-to-42, but had 23 offensive rebounds to the Tigers’ 18.

- Erasing a 10-point halftime deficit and climbing out after being down by as much as 15 points, Arkansas improved to 2-5 this season when trailing at halftime. Arkansas was down 27-17 at the break.

- Arkansas earned its second SEC road win this season and is now 2-5 away from home.

- Arkansas improved to 14-29 all-time against LSU, including its sixth win all-time in Baton Rouge (6-14). Head coach Tom Collen is 5-8 against the Tigers.

- Tom Collen is 347-158 overall in 16 seasons as a head coach and 130-88 in seven years at Arkansas.

POSTGAME TWEETABLES (140 Characters Or Less)

- First road win over a ranked team for @RazorbackWBB since beating #6/7 Tennessee in OT in Knoxville (2-23-12). #GoHogs #NeverYield

- Come out and support @RazorbackWBB March 2 in its final home game v Missouri at #BWA. Senior Day for @Kpeaky1. Tix: http://bit.ly/1ghDTva

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Arkansas heads to College Station, Texas, for a road contest against No. 16/13 Texas A&M on Feb. 27. Opening tip is set for 7 p.m.
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