Arkansas reached triple-digit scoring for the first time since the 2009-10 season, which occurred almost exactly to the day four years ago on Dec. 29 against Sam Houston State in 2009. With the win, the Razorbacks also finished off an undefeated non-conference schedule for the third time in the Tom Collen era.
“Since it’s the holiday season, I’d sound like Scrooge if I told you that I was unhappy about this, but I was pleased,” head coachTom Collen said. “We shot the ball well and passed it around nicely. We got everybody out there and knocked the rust off of everybody. We’re going to need all the depth we can get when we get into the SEC.”
After shooting 51.5 percent in the first half, the Razorbacks improved to 56.8 percent in the second half, including 50 percent shooting from three-point range. Jhasmin Bowen led all scorers with 18 points, whileJessica Jackson had 15 points, Keira Peak had 12 points, McKenzie Adams contributed 11 points and Ana Faussurier added a career-high 10 points. Junior Calli Berna tied her career-best with 13 assists in the win.
It was a slow scoring start to the game for the Razorbacks, despite early 50 percent shooting from the floor. Holding just a 6-4 lead at the 15:16 mark of the first half, Arkansas was held scoreless from three-point range (0-for-2) and was also forced into two early turnovers.
Peak led all scorers with six points going a perfect 3-for-3 to spark a 6-0 run by the Razorbacks and build a 12-4 lead midway through the first half. MVSU turned the ball over seven times, which translated into eight points off turnovers for the Razorbacks.
A 27-3 run helped the Razorback lead balloon to 33-7 with five minutes to play in the first half. Over a stretch that spanned 9:14, MVSU was held without a field goal for 10 minutes (0-for-11) and was forced into 10 turnovers.
MVSU ended first half shooting just 20 percent (5-25 FG), while UA was 52 percent (17-33 FG). The Devilettes finished the first half just 1-for-9 (11 percent) from beyond the arc, while the Razorbacks were 3-for-8 (38 percent).
Arkansas took a 46-15 lead into the locker room at halftime, as Peak led all scorers with 11 points (4-for-4 FG) and Bowen added 10 points (4-for-4 FG) in the first 20 minutes.
Behind nine offensive rebounds, the Razorbacks produced 12 second-chance points to the Devilettes’ three in the first half. UA’s bench also outscored the reserves of MVSU 13-to-3, led by four points each from Faussurier and Melissa Wolff.
Scoreless in the first half, Adams hit back-to-back three-pointers out of the break to quickly bump Arkansas to 50 percent shooting from distance and a 57-16 lead with 17:52 left to play. With Adams on the board, nine different Razorbacks had recorded points.
The Razorbacks heated up as a group from beyond the arc in the second half, shooting 50 percent (7-for14) from three-point range after going 3-for-8 (37.5 percent) in the first frame. Four different Razorbacks registered at least two three-point baskets, in large part extending UA’s lead to 88-36 with 7:24 to play.
Eleven different Razorbacks saw minutes over the course of the game, as UA’s bench combined for 38 points and played a large role in helping UA coast to the big win and reach triple figures.