The Tigers struggles defending the three continue as Arkansas hits 5 of their first 6 attempts. "We knew Arkansas was a very good offensive team and could score the basketball and shoot the three extremely well," said Coach Flournoy. "Our defense was definitely not up to par and we know that we got to be a better defensive team."
The Tigers struggled to find a rhythm on offense, shooting under 30% from the field in the first half. Unique Thompson wouldn't make a field goal until 6:48 in the second quarter. Daisa Alexander suffered an apparent ankle injury after her first field goal in the first quarter, but would return to the game. Alexander lead the Tigers in scoring at the end of the first half with eight points.
The Razorback's backcourt duo of Amber Ramirez and Chelsea Dungee combined for 26 points in the first half as the Razorbacks took a 44-27 lead into halftime. Ramirez hit four three-pointers in the first half while Dungee hit all five of her free throws in the first half.
The Tigers offense got off to a much better start in the second half. Six different players scored for the Tigers in the third quarter while the team shot 53% from the field. "One thing we stopped doing was standing out there and jacking up threes," said Coach Flournoy. "We started driving to the basket."
While the Tigers offense improved, their defense still still struggled. Ramirez continued her great play with 8 points in the quarter and helped extend the Razorbacks' lead to 25 going into the fourth quarter.
The fourth quarter was more of the same for the Tigers. They did not shoot as well as the third quarter and the lead remained in the mid 20s for most of the quarter. With the loss the Tigers fall under .500 at 6-7 and drop to 0-2 in SEC play. SEC play has gotten off to a rough start for this young Tigers team and it will only get tougher as the SEC is loaded with great teams this year.