BEYOND THE BOX SCORE - Arkansas 64 - Kansas 56
PLAYER OF THE GAME: There were a number of candidates for player of the game tonight, as four Razorbacks reached double figures. Keira Peak is deserving of honorable mention, as she recorded her third career double-double, and Sarah Watkins was huge with a team leading 15 points. Quistelle Williams earns the nod, as she was all over the court for the Razorbacks, especially down the stretch to put the game away. Williams scored 11 of her 14 points in the second half, and finished with nine rebounds.
PLAY OF THE GAME: In the first half, the Arkansas two freshmen combined for a highlight reel play that gave Razorback fans a glimpse at the promising future. Running the floor after a strong defensive play, Dominique Wilson drove the lane and sent a nice dish to Melissa Wolff, who finished a perfect cut and drive to the hoop.
TURNING POINTS OF THE GAME: Arkansas used two separate 10-0 runs, one in each half, to pull away against No. 17 Kansas. In the first half, Sarah Watkins again stepped up and sparked the team. With the team down 7-3, Watkins scored 10 of the next 14 Razorback points. Melissa Wolff also was key off the bench, adding five points to the run that extended their lead to 21-16.
In the second half, Kansas cut into the Razorback lead and briefly retook the lead. Arkansas responded with a 10-0 run, fronted by Watkins, Williams, and Calli Berna. After Kansas scored, Williams countered with another basket to force Kansas into a timeout with Arkansas leading 56-47.
STAT OF THE GAME: Arkansas entered the matchup with No. 17 Kansas knowing the rebounding would be a key, as the Jayhawks came into the game with a positive rebounding margin of 11.7. It was no matter to the Razorbacks, who dominated the boards all game long. Arkansas finished with a 47-31 advantage on total rebounds, including 20 offensive rebounds.