FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Kelsey Brooks
led the way as one of four Razorbacks to reach double-digit scoring, as the University of Arkansas women’s basketball team (3-0) earned a 74-45 win over Furman (1-2) inside Bud Walton Arena on Saturday.
Brooks finished the day with 16 points on 70 percent shooting (7-for-10), as the freshman finished with her third straight game scoring in double digits. Fellow freshmen Jessica Jackson
(13) and McKenzie Adams
(12) also reached double figures, as well as senior Keira Peak
A majority of the Razorbacks’ scoring against the Paladins came down low, where UA outscored FU 48-to-18 in the paint.
“We got the ball inside early and got some easy baskets,” head coach Tom Collen
said. “I feel like we needed to establish ourselves on the low block a little bit more. Some of those points in the paint are deceiving, because when you get a steal and then a layup those are points in the paint.”
Extra effort on the defensive end enabled UA to extend its first-half lead, forcing FU into 12 first-half turnovers. The Razorbacks translated the miscues into 17 points off turnovers, including 12 fast-break points in the first half.
A tight contest through the opening five minutes, both teams came out shooting above 40 percent from the floor. Jackson got off to a quick start for the Razorbacks by scoring seven points on 3-for-5 shooting, including a nice and-1 finish underneath the basket on an excellent assist in traffic from Calli Berna
Holding the Paladins scoreless for a stretch of four minutes midway through the first half, the Razorbacks put together a 10-0 run and pushed their lead to 22-9.
UA out-rebounded FU 23-to-11 in the first half alone, including seven offensive boards. The Razorbacks finished the game with 41 rebounds to the Paladins’ 30.
Closing the first half on a 27-10 run, UA created a 39-19 lead for itself by halftime. Jackson led all scorers with nine points, while Peak was close behind as the game’s second-leading scorer at eight points on 6-for-8 shooting from the free throw line.
Brooks took over in the second half for the Razorbacks, coming off the bench and scoring 14 of her 16 points over the final 20 minutes alone.
It was an inside-out offensive attack from the Razorbacks, which as a group shot 50 percent (3-for-6) from beyond the arc in the second half and finished the game outscoring the Paladins 48-to-18 on points in the paint.
Arkansas remains home to continue its opening stretch of non-conference games, hosting Middle Tennessee State inside Bud Walton Arena on Nov. 19. Tip is scheduled for 7 p.m.