FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – McKenzie Adams scored 18 points and Keira Peak added 10 points, but it was not enough as the University of Arkansas women's basketball team (14-3, 1-3 SEC) fell 54-50 to Mississippi State (14-3, 1-2 SEC) at Bud Walton Arena on Sunday.
A defensive battle in the first half led to a low-scoring start and a 25-23 lead for Arkansas at halftime. The Razorbacks shot just 32 percent from the floor, including 1-for-7 three-point shooting. Mississippi State shot 39 percent and made its mark in the paint with 16 of its 23 points coming down low. Adams led the Razorbacks early and was tied for a game-high nine points by the break.
Peak settled in at the free-throw line, shooting 6-for-10 in the first half. MSU's leading scorer, Kendra Grant, ran into early foul trouble and picked up four personal fouls in the opening frame.
A 12-5 run to open the second half helped kick start the Razorbacks, extending the lead to a game-high nine points at 37-28 with 13:26 to play. The Bulldogs came right back with a 10-0 run of their own, however, to regain a 38-37 lead. Peak reached double digits and joined Adams. The teams traded leads in the second half, as Jhasmin Bowen found some room to score late and finished the game with nine points. Bowen, along with four other Razorbacks, would play the majority of the second half in foul trouble, however, as MSU continued to work the ball inside. A three-pointer from Dominique Dillingham with 1:47 remaining proved to be the dagger, however, as MSU went up 53-50 and would hold to win.
A clutch three-pointer from Dominique Dillingham with 1:47 to go took life out of Bud Walton Arena and proved to be the dagger, as the Bulldogs took the late lead and would hold on for the win. Arkansas was held to just one field goal over the final four minutes.
Player of the Game:
Coming off a career-high 23 points at Florida, McKenzie Adams racked up 18 points for her encore against Mississippi State. The freshman was 11-for-12 from the free-throw line and also added five rebounds and two assists.
Quoting Coach Collen:
"Mississippi State played with a lot of intensity. They knew exactly where they wanted to go with the basketball, they knew what they wanted to do and they knew what shots were there for them. They wanted to get inside and our interior defense wasn't that good. We got in foul trouble and that didn't help us any. They just kept attacking us down there. It was a tough loss for us. Mississippi State is a good basketball team."
- McKenzie Adams scored 18 points, shooting 11-for-12 at the free-throw line. The freshman has scored at least one three-point basket in eight straight games.
- Jhasmin Bowen returned to the starting lineup (injury) for the Razorbacks and scored nine points, but was one of four Razorbacks in foul trouble with four of her own.
- Mississippi State averages 79.5 points per game, but was held to just 54 by Arkansas.
- Mississippi State averages 9.6 steals per game, but had just three against Arkansas. The Razorbacks had eight steals of their own and turned the ball over eight times in the game.
- Leading scorer for the Bulldogs, Kendra Grant, came in averaging 13.6 points per game, but was held scoreless by the Razorbacks after falling into early foul trouble.
- Arkansas has shot better than 40 percent in 11 games so far this season, but has been held in the 30s the last two games. UA did so 13 times in 32 games last season.
- Ranked 12th in the NCAA and third in the SEC in field-goal percentage defense, Arkansas held MSU to 39.1 percent shooting in the first half, but a second half resurgence bumped the Bulldogs to 41 percent shooting in the game.
- Arkansas moved to 223-84 in 21 seasons at Bud Walton Arena including a 10-2 start this year. The program best is 14 wins in a single season which has happened twice.
- Arkansas has held all of its SEC opponents well below their scoring averages this year including today’s win over Mississippi State. State entered the game averaging 79.5 points per game and scored 54 today.
- Tom Collen is 344-152 overall in 16 seasons as a head coach and 127-82 in seven years at Arkansas.
- Arkansas is to 18-14 all-time against Mississippi State including an 11-4 record at home.
- Arkansas led 25-23 at the half. The Razorbacks are 13-1 when leading at the break.
- Freshman McKenzie Adams had nine points to lead the Razorbacks at the half.
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· .@RazorbackWBB has the best defense in the SEC and held Miss State to just 54 points Sunday – 26 points below its average.
- Freshman @kenziemichelle3 paced @RazorbackWBB with 18 points and five boards. Great game Kenzie!
- Senior @kpeaky1 dropped in 10 points in 30 minutes Sunday for the @RazorbackWBB team.
- The @RazorbackWBB team was good from the line going 21-for-28 against State. Love bonus shots. #GoHOGS
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Arkansas hits the road again and travels to face Georgia on Jan. 16 in what will be its third road contest in four games. The Razorbacks and Lady Bulldogs are scheduled to tip off 6 p.m. Thursday at Stegeman Coliseum in Athens, Ga.