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@RazorbackWBB Loses Late Lead, Falls To Auburn 56-48

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FAYETTEVILLE -- Jessica Jackson recorded her fourth double-double of the season with 19 points and a career-high 12 rebounds, but the University of Arkansas women's basketball team (15-7, 2-7 SEC) saw its lead evaporate in the second half to Auburn (12-10, 3-6 SEC) and fell 56-48 at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville, Ark., on Sunday.

Fellow freshman McKenzie Adams chimed in with nine points, which marked her most since scoring 18 points at home against Mississippi State on Jan. 12. It was not enough, however, as the Tigers closed with an 18-2 run and left with the win.

It was a rough shooting start for the Razorbacks, who came out cold at just 13 percent from the floor and struggled to find a rhythm offensively. Auburn took its largest lead at 13-7 with 11:17 to play in the half. The Tigers got themselves rolling early by finding their range from distance and converting 4-of-8 shots from three-point range.

Arkansas built a 14-3 run to regain a 20-16 lead with under 5:30 to play, which marked its first lead since the opening minutes of the contest. The Razorbacks also improved their shooting percentage to 33 (7-21 FG), as freshmen Jackson and Adams combined for over half the team's points. Jackson also recorded five rebounds in the first half, which was a significant display of effort for the freshman that came in averaging just over six a game.

Melissa Wolff provided a great stretch of play coming off the bench for Arkansas in the second. The sophomore had six rebounds (four offensive), two points, two assists, one steal and one block in 17 minutes of play. Arkansas held to a 31-26 lead with 11:30 to play. The Razorbacks were shooting just 28 percent as a group, while the Tigers were 27 percent themselves.

Despite Auburn’s bench outscoring the reserves of Arkansas 19-to-4, the scoring efforts of Jackson kept Arkansas out in front late in the game, including a 39-33 lead with 8:27 to play. Jackson upped her total to 16 points on 41 percent shooting, also hauling in 12 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the season.

It became a game of free throws late, with a combined 38 fouls called between both teams and Arkansas looking to hold onto its second-half lead. After the Razorbacks led by as much as nine points, the Tigers fought all the way back, fueled by an 8-0 run over a two-minute stretch, to tie the game at 46-46 with 2:00 to play.

The game tied, things unraveled late for the Razorbacks as the group committed 12 turnovers in the second half alone after just three mistakes in the first half. AU outscored UA 36-21 in the second half, including a three-pointer from Khady Dieng with 1:05 to play that gave them a late 51-48 lead.

Arkansas finished the game shooting just 32 percent, while Auburn was 31 percent from the field.

Arkansas was outscored 36-to-21 in the second half, shooting just 28.6 percent and 0 percent from three-point range in the second half. As a result, the Tigers closed the game on an 18-2 run and stole the road win.

Arkansas committed just three turnovers in the first half, but then lost the ball 14 times in the second half, which helped fuel the late comeback by the Tigers. Auburn recorded 14 points off of turnovers. It was the first time this season Arkansas has turned the ball over more than its opponent.

“”We can’t make excuses for ourselves right now. We handled the pressure pretty well for the most part, but then in the last 10 minutes they extended a bit more and we lost our confidence. It’s disappointed. I think it really comes back to the turnovers. Once you see that lead slipping away from you, you’ve got to be pretty mentally tough to stop it and get it back.”

- Jessica Jackson recorded her fourth double-double of the season with 19 points and a career-high 12 rebounds. The freshman continued her impressive scoring stretch, as she reached 10+ points for the 20th time in 22 games this season.

 - Melissa Wolff had a well-rounded outing for Arkansas. In 29 minutes off the bench, Wolff finished with three points, six rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one steal.

- Calli Berna scored six points and also added four assists to bump her season assist total to 161. 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 457 career assists, which ranks fifth all-time in program history.

- McKenzie Adams scored nine points, which marked her highest total since scoring 18 points at home against Mississippi State on Jan. 12, 2014.

- Arkansas shot just 32 percent (16-50 FG) in the loss to Auburn, its lowest performance since…

- Auburn shot just 31 percent (17-54 FG) from the floor, but defeated Arkansas and became the first opponent this season (12-1) to be held below 40 percent but still defeat the Razorbacks.

- The Razorbacks allowed 56 points in the loss. AU came in averaging 66.5 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 is now 0-2 this season in games decided by 5-9 points.

- Arkansas is 1-5 this season when its opponents finishes with more three-pointers. The Tigers were 6-for-15 3PT, while the Razorbacks were 4-for-20.

- Arkansas fell to 14-3 this season when leading at halftime. The Razorbacks held a 27-20 lead at the break.

- Arkansas fell to 11-3 at home this season, including 1-3 in conference play. The Razorbacks are also now 3-3 this season in games played on Sunday.

- Tom Collen is 344-156 overall in 16 seasons as a head coach and 127-86 in seven years at Arkansas.

- Arkansas is now 12-20 all-time against Auburn, including a 7-8 record in Fayetteville.

POSTGAME TWEETABLES (140 Characters Or Less)
- Thank you to @RazorbackWBB fans for supporting the team despite the snowy weather.  We appreciate you. #GoHOGS

- Jessica Jackson continues her impressive freshman season for @RazorbackWBB, recording her 20th game of 10+ points and fourth double-double. #GoHOGS

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The Razorbacks remain home Thursday hosting Florida at Bud Walton Arena in a 7 p.m. tip.

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