FAYETTEVILLE – University of Arkansas junior Ayana Brereton recorded a career high 23 points and a career tying 11 rebounds, but the Lady Razorbacks couldn’t overcome a late run by the Auburn Tigers in a Southeastern Conference loss at Bud Walton Arena Sunday.
Arkansas fell to 17-7 overall and 2-7 in league play after the 73-68 loss to the Tigers (16-7, 4-4).
“It’s frustrating to get a good effort overall, but to some up short again,” UA head coach Tom Collen said. “We need all five starters to step up in these games, and there’s just not a lot of margin for error.”
The Lady’Backs tied the game 52-52 midway through the second half, but an 8-0 run by the Tigers proved the difference.
“We’re just a run or two away from getting a win,” UA senior Sarah Pfeifer said. “We had the effort once again.”
Auburn made a switch from man to zone, and that stalled Arkansas offense long enough for the Tigers to make the winning run.
“I think that befuddled us for a bit,” Collen said. “We stayed with them most of the game, but they beat us down the stretch on the low block.”
DeWanna Bonner led all scorers for Auburn with 28 points and nine rebounds, mostly from the paint.
Arkansas responded in the closing minute to cut the game to five points with 19 second left, but ran out of time for a comeback.
Brereton lead four Lady’Backs in double-digits. Brittney Vaught added 16 points, with Sarah Pfeifer tallying 12. Charity Ford poured in 11 in the losing effort.
The fast-paced contest was a back-and-forth battle with the final tie of the contest coming at 52-all with just eight minutes to play. Auburn went on a 21-16 run to end the game with the win.
Arkansas trailed by nine with :39 remaining in the contest but closed within four, 72-68, behind smothering defense and hot shooting late in the contest but the Lady’Backs could not overcome the deficit.
The first half saw Auburn take the lead at the 13:06 mark but Arkansas was able to stay close thanks, in part, to the fast-paced play. The Lady’Backs took the lead, 26-25, with 3:48 remaining in the half but Auburn pulled away holding a four-point, 33-29, advantage at the half.
Arkansas continues SEC play on the road at Florida Feb. 17 and returns to Fayetteville hosting Vanderbilt Feb. 21. For more information about Arkansas basketball or for tickets, please call the Razorback Ticket Office at 57-LBACK or log on to LADYBACKS.COM.