For a second straight week, Arkansas women’s basketball team grabbed an easy Sunday afternoon road win.
Saylor Poffenbarger had a career-high 24 points and Erynn Barnum added a double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds this Sunday as Arkansas picked up a 77-55 win over Missouri in Columbia.
Chrissy Carr added 16 points for the Razorbacks (16-3, 3-1), off to their best SEC start since the 2005-2006 season.
“We continue to play really well on the road,” noted Arkansas head coach Mike Neighbors, whose team blasted shorthanded Kentucky in Lexington a week ago. “Our focus on the road has been really, really good all year. Today, even thought we got off to slow start, we were pretty focused.
“Our defense traveled again. I thought we forced a really hard to guard offense to shoot just 29 percent. I thought Saylor’s individual performance against Haley Frank (5 points on 2 of 10 shooting) had to jump off the page, Sam (Spencer) getting us nine defensive rebounds and Erynn’s double-double. Chrissy had threes that kept them honest and I thought we just really managed the game well against a team that was already 3-0 in our league. For us to get 3-1, I am really happy where we are going into our bye week.”
It was the eighth straight time Arkansas downed Missouri (14-3, 3-1), who came in tied for first in the SEC.
“They’ve had our number for a while now,” Missouri head coach Robin Pingeton said. “And you know, I thought we were in a really good place going into this game, and so I didn’t necessarily see it playing out this way. I think it didn’t look like the same Missouri team that we’d seen over the last couple months.”
Haley Troup led Missouri with 24 points in a game where the Tigers were trying to get to 4-0 for the first time in program history.
Missouri, who was off to a 3-0 start in SEC action, hit just 2 of its first 29 field goal attempts in game where they led 8-4 early.
But Arkansas raced away with a 15-0 run as Missouri went on a 10-minute offensive drought in which they didn’t score and missed 23 shots in a row.
The Razorbacks led 31-22 at halftime and 51-38 headed into the final quarter.
Missouri finished the game 18 of 62 from the field and 7 of 25 from 3-point range.
Arkansas will be off a week before hosting Vanderbilt on Monday. The Martin Luther King Day contest with start at 6 p.m and be televised by the SEC Network.
Missouri will face No. 7 LSU at home on Thursday and travel to face No. 1 South Carolina on Saturday.