FAYETTEVILLE – Foul trouble and a struggling offense spelled the end of the streak for the University of Arkansas women’s basketball team as they suffered a 50-42 loss to LSU Thursday.
Arkansas (19-6, 8-5 SEC) shot just 30.4 percent for the game while the Tigers (19-6, 8-5 SEC) were efficient at 54.8 percent in the win.
“Obviously we are disappointed that we lost,” Arkansas head coach Tom Collen
said. “We know that we are going to take some hits because there are just too many good teams in this league. We are most disappointed in how we lost. The effort was there but we struggled with the execution.”
Senior C'eira Ricketts
led all scorers with 19 points and senior Lyndsay Harris
added 11 but the Razorbacks were out-rebounded 36-21 in the physical game.
Senior Ashley Daniels
fouled out early and junior Sarah Watkins
was in foul trouble for much of the game forcing the Razorbacks to play a four-guard offense in the second half. Watkins finished with four points and Daniels two for Arkansas.
It was a slow start offensively for both teams with the score tied at four with six minutes gone in the first frame. The scoring never really heated up for either team as LSU took an 18-16 lead into the locker room at the half.
LSU took the early lead but the Razorbacks were never far behind. Watkins hit a turnaround jumper from eight feet with the 5:02 mark to tie the game at 16 and Quistelle Williams
connected on the next possession giving Arkansas the 16-14 lead.
The Tigers hit the final two shots of the half taking the lead into the locker room.
Arkansas shot just 29.2 percent in the first half but they forced 13 Tiger turnovers and scored nine points off LSU miscues. The difference in the first half was clearly the rebounds with LSU holding an 18-8 advantage.
The physical battle continued into the second half as, again, neither team was able to pull away. LSU continued to hit the boards hard and dominate the glass while Arkansas found themselves in foul trouble early in the second half.
The Tigers pushed the lead to six, 31-25, at the 10 minute mark but Ricketts hit her second three pointer of the game to pull within three once again.
Arkansas held LSU scoreless for a three-plus minute stretch and Ricketts hit one from the line as the Razorbacks chipped away at the Tiger lead.
But LSU answered and the teams continued to trade baskets as Arkansas was not able to close the gap. Arkansas trailed by eight, 44-36, with 2:40 remaining in the game. The Razorbacks went cold in the final three minutes and LSU hung on for the win.
Arkansas won the turnover battle forcing 22 but the Razorbacks scored just 13 points off the LSU mistakes.
Arkansas hosts Mississippi State Sunday at 2 p.m. in the final home game of the regular season. Join the Razorbacks as they honor the 2012 senior class.
-Arkansas is 12-28 all-time against LSU
-Arkansas won eight consecutive SEC games…The streak was snapped with the LSU loss
-Arkansas hosts Mississippi State for senior day Sunday at 2 p.m.
-Arkansas is 2-3 in home Pink Day games
-Arkansas wore dark pink uniforms and LSU was in dark purple
-Senior Ashley Daniels
’ streak of eight consecutive games in double figure scoring ended tonight. Daniels had two points and fouled out of the game at the 5:10 mark.