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Tennessee Too Much As @RazorbackWBB Falls 70-60

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Jessica Jackson led four Razorbacks in double-digit scoring, but it was not enough as the University of Arkansas women's basketball team (15-6, 2-6 SEC) fell 70-60 on the road to No. 10 Tennessee (17-4, 6-2 SEC) at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tenn., on Thursday.

Jackson led the team with 16 points, Jhasmin Bowen had 11 points and Keira Peak added 10. Bowen posted a near double-double, also adding eight rebounds and two steals. As a group, Arkansas shot 44 percent, marking the 14th time this season the group has shot better than 40 percent in a game.

It was not enough, however, as the Lady Vols countered with impressive 62-percent shooting of their own to stave off any potential upset bid from the Razorbacks.

Arkansas came out shooting 70 percent from the floor (7-10 FG) and jumped out to a 16-13 lead on Tennessee just over midway through the first half. It was a balanced attack for the Razorbacks, as five different players scored at least a basket. The Lady Vols were upholding 56 percent shooting of their own, as Cierra Burdick led the way with four points.

A 10-4 run from the Razorbacks helped the team extend its lead to 30-22 with 5:47 to go in the half. Peak had it rolling offensively, including a nice steal and score in transition that lifted her to a game-high eight points. The Lady Vols responded with a 16-6 run of their own to close the half, led by Meighan Simmons shooting 50 percent and scoring eight points to get Tennessee back within one. A late three-pointer from Jordan Reynolds would put the Lady Vols up 38-36 heading into the break, their first lead since the 14:22 mark of the first half.

A tight contest midway through the second half, a late three-point barrage from Tennessee proved too much, as the Lady Vols had a stretch with four of five shots from beyond the arc to pull away late and secure the win. Tennessee was 5-for-9 from distance in the second half, while Arkansas was just 3-for-10.

Arkansas battled Tennessee throughout the night and remained in the game midway through the second half, but a late three-point barrage from the Lady Vols sealed their fate. Tennessee was 5-for-9 from beyond the arc in the second half alone, including a stretch in which it hit three-point baskets on four of five possessions.

Despite the Lady Vols out-rebounding opponents by an average of 12 boards per game, the Razorbacks out-rebounded the Lady Vols 31-to-24 on the night. Bowen led the way with eight rebounds, including seven on the offensive glass.

“It says a lot about the pride that they’ve got and what they want to accomplish,” Collen said of the team’s effort. “This team is still really young and we’ve run the gauntlet of going out on the road at Kentucky and now at Tennessee and I think we’ve proved that they can play with anyone in the country. These are two teams that might be teams who make it to the Final Four. I know the consolation prize doesn’t seem like a lot, but I think when we can go into these kinds of environments and play with them I think we can play with anybody.”

- Arkansas shot 44 percent (25-57 FG) in the loss to Tennessee, marking the 14th time this season it has shot better than 40 percent this season. The Razorbacks accomplished the same shooting feat 13 times in 32 games last season. There are still 10 guaranteed games left this season.

- Four Razorbacks (Jackson, Peak, Bowen, Berna) reached double-digit scoring for the first time since Nov. 29, 2013, against Southeastern Missouri.

- Tennessee entered the game out-rebounding its opponents by an average of nearly 13 boards per contest (ranks fifth in the NCAA), but Arkansas out-hustled underneath the basket for a 31-to-24 advantage on the glass.

- The Razorbacks allowed Tennessee 70 points in the loss, which was the most they’ve allowed an opponent all season. UT came in averaging 81.8 ppg this season. Arkansas is first in the SEC and second in the NCAA in scoring defense, allowing opponents an average of just 50.4 points per game this season.

- Arkansas fell to 1-4 this season when trailing at halftime. Tennessee held a 38-36 advantage at the break.

- Keira Peak recorded 12 points, six rebounds and four steals. The team’s lone senior, Peak reached double digits for the 13th game this season. Peak has reached double figures in four of the last five games for Arkansas.

- Jhasmin Bowen reached double digits for the 10th time this season, finishing with 11 points and eight rebounds. The junior has reached double figures in 10 games this season, including the last three straight contests.

- Jessica Jackson led the team with 16 points and has reached double digits in 19 of 21 games this season. The freshman has topped 20+ points in four of the last six contests.

- Calli Berna scored 10 points and also added six assists to bump her season assist total to 157. Berna moved closer to breaking the program’s class record for most assists by a junior in a season. Amy Wright had 198 assists as a junior. Averaging 7.5 assists per game and with nine games left, Berna is well on pace to erasing Wright’s mark for her own.

- Berna now has 453 career assists, which ranks fifth all-time in program history.

- Facing powerhouse programs Kentucky and Tennessee back-to-back on the road, Arkansas has gone up against some of the nation’s stiffest competition as of late. Over the last five days, the Razorbacks have matched up against a total of 13 McDonalds All-Americans. Tennessee has six national standouts, while Kentucky had seven high-profile recruits.

- Tom Collen is 344-155 overall in 16 seasons as a head coach and 127-85 in seven years at Arkansas.

- Arkansas is now 2-25 all-time against Tennessee, including a 1-12 record in Knoxville.

POSTGAME TWEETABLES (140 Characters Or Less)
- Lieberman Award Watch List honoree @calesbernah recorded 10p, 6a against #10 Tennessee, bumping her career total to 453 assists. The junior ranks 5th in program history.

- @jessjack_00 led four #Razorbacks in double-digit scoring with 16pts against #10 Tennessee. The freshman has reached double digits in 19 of 21 games this season.

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Arkansas returns home to Fayetteville and welcomes Auburn to Bud Walton Arena on Sunday, Feb. 2. Opening tip is scheduled for 2 p.m.

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