Beyond the Box: Arkansas 58 - Missouri 50
PLAYER OF THE GAME: Senior Erin Gatling had the hot hand to lead the Razorbacks to a road victory. She got scorching hot from long range and made a huge impact in the game. Gatling was 6-10 from behind the three point line, and had a career high 23 points. She also hounded the Tigers on defense, forcing Missouri into multiple turnovers, recording 3 steals.
PLAYS OF THE GAME: Missouri entered the game as a sharpshooting team from 3-point range, but the Razorbacks displayed their 3 point prowess in the first half. Calli Berna got Arkansas off to a good start from distance, and Gatling splashed three more threes in the opening frame.
TURNING POINT OF THE GAME: The Razorbacks got out to a strong start in the first half, opening up a 12-2 lead out of the gate. Missouri battled back and took their first lead of the night at 32-31 in the second half, but Arkansas countered with a 16-5 run to take a 47-37 lead. The Razorbacks finished the second half strong, and finished off the 58-50 victory.
UNSUNG HEROS OF THE GAME: While Erin Gatling was the focus of the Tigers' attention, Sarah Watkins and Calli Berna had very productive nights. Watkins had a team high eight rebounds to go with 8 points and Berna scored 12 points and had seven assists.
STAT OF THE GAME: Missouri entered the game as the best three point shooting team in the nation, averaging 9.4 makes per game. The Razorbacks played very tight defense on the outside, holding the Tigers to 6-20 from long distance, while shooting 8-18 themselves from long range.