FAYETTEVILLE – Four Razorbacks reached double-digit scoring for the second time on the season, as the University of Arkansas women's basketball team (5-0) earned a 78-44 win over Missouri State (1-3) inside Bud Walton Arena on Friday.
Keira Peak scored 16 points, Kelsey Brooks poured in 15, Jessica Jackson recorded 12 and McKenzie Adams added 10 in the victory. Melissa Wolff also finished just shy of double digits with nine points, as nine different Razorbacks scored and UA shot 55 percent from the field as a team on the night.
“Once they started remembering the game plan and what we wanted to do, the shots started falling and we started making plays,” head coach Tom Collen said. “Any game you play where you get a variety of different looks, you’re going to gain experience from seeing them go through.”
The shots began going through behind an early 11-0 run that kick-started the Razorbacks. Led entirely by freshmen scoring, the offensive spurt began with Jackson stepping back and knocking down a deep three-pointer. Over the stretch, Jackson scored three points, Adams contributed four points and a rebound, and Brooks recorded four points, two assists, a steal and a block. The momentum shift pushed UA’s lead to 16-4 with 12:29 left in the first half.
Despite shooting just 28 percent from the floor, rebounding kept the Lady Bears in the game in the first half. Out-rebounding the Razorbacks 13-8, including six offensive boards and seven second-chance points, MSU went on a 9-0 run and cut UA’s lead to 18-13 with just over six minutes to play in the half.
UA responded with another big 14-2 run of its own to close the half, as MSU committed five turnovers and went the final 6:58 of the half without a field goal. Jackson totaled eight points (2-3 FG, 1-1 3PT), as the Razorbacks led 32-15 at half.
The hot shooting continued right out of the locker room for UA, as the Razorbacks shot 50 percent (6-for-12) over the first eight minutes. Peak asserted herself offensively and scored six points in seven minutes, as the UA lead swelled to 50-26 with 12:00 to play.
Entering the game averaging just over 19 turnovers a game, MSU committed 21 mistakes on the night. The Razorbacks took advantage, capitalizing and scoring 22 points off of turnovers.
UA kept the Lady Bears at bay the entirety of the second half and led by as many as 34 points before things went final.
Arkansas remains home for its third non-conference game in six days and will host Western Michigan inside Bud Walton Arena on Nov. 24. Tip is scheduled for 2 p.m.