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Arkansas Defeats Missouri Southern In Exhibition, 70-61

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Freshman Jessica Jackson led four players in double figures as the University of Arkansas women’s basketball team picked up a 70-61 win over Missouri Southern in the team’s only exhibition contest of the season in Bud Walton Arena on Sunday.

Jackson paced Arkansas offensively, finishing with 14 points and a rebound short of a double-double with nine boards. The scoring began with Jackson, but it did not end there, as senior Keira Peak scored 13 points, while freshmen McKenzie Adams poured in 12 points and Kelsey Brooks added 11 points.

“It was great to get out and play another team today,” Arkansas head coach Tom Collen said.  “We did some things really well and I hope our fans got a chance to see our potential.  We know that we have some things to work on before Friday and we’ll get back in the gym this week and get ready for the opener.”

Jackson, Adams and Brooks combined to account for over half of the team's scoring, as the freshmen trio paced the Razorbacks to a 44.4 field-goal percentage.

The veterans combined for 31 points in the balanced attack with all nine players in the game scoring.

A competitive first half of play saw Arkansas take a 37-27 lead into the locker room at halftime. Brooks came in off the bench and scored nine points on 4-of-6 shooting to lead all scorers at the break.

Having only scored two points through the first half of play, Peak quickly took over the scoring load to begin the second half. The senior opened the half with back-to-back baskets to fuel what became a 10-4 run that gave the Razorbacks a 47-31 lead with 16:08 to play.

Missouri Southern countered with a 14-3 run of its own to pull within 50-45 with 11:19 to play, but the even scoring of Arkansas was too much, as the Razorbacks held on for the 70-61 win.

Junior Calli Berna added six points but stood out with 11 assists for Arkansas and the Razorbacks won the rebounding battle 39-30 over the Lions.  In addition to Jackson’s nine, Melissa Wolff had six and Peak and Jhasmin Bowen had five boards each.

The Razorbacks return to the court to open the season Friday when they host Sam Houston State on Nov. 8 at 11 a.m. welcoming area elementary students to the contest.

For more information on Arkansas women’s basketball, follow @RazorbackWBB on Twitter.

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