Beyond the Box Score: Arkansas 71 - Coppin State 57
PLAYER OF THE GAME: Senior Sarah Watkins turned it on down the stretch, scoring 18 points and seven rebounds in the second half. She did some of her best work at the free throw line, and led the Razorbacks with 22 points and had a season high five blocks. Watkins had 10 rebounds to record her first double-double of the season and the seventh of her career. She has now scored in double figures in nine consecutive games.
Honorable mention goes to Quistelle Williams. She had 10 points and 11 rebounds for her second double-double of the season and third of her career.
PLAYS OF THE GAME: During a 16-2 run to end the first half, the Razorbacks showed how their defense could give them the needed spark to get back into the game. First Erin Gatling forced a turnover and ran a perfect fast break for a Keira Peak layup, and then freshman Dominique Wilson stole a pass and took the ball the rest of the way herself to score the basket.
TURNING POINT OF THE GAME: After a week off of competition for the holiday break, Arkansas was slow to start off the game, as Coppin State held a 21-16 lead with 7:45 to play in the first half. The Razorbacks finished off the half on a big run however, going on a 16-2 run down the stretch to take a halftime lead of 32-23. Helped by the Eagles hitting a cold stretch from the field, UA used contributions from six different players to turn the five-point deficit into a nine-point halftime lead. While Coppin State kept it close for much of the second half, the Razorbacks never relinquished that halftime lead.
STAT OF THE GAME: Free throws were the difference in this game, with Arkansas doing an excellent job of picking up points at the charity stretch. The Razorbacks recorded 23 points from the free throw line, tying their most made free throws on the season while shooting 82%. They also scored 16 of those 23 points in the second half, getting to the line repeatedly to close out the Eagles.