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Beyond The Box: Arkansas 70, Missouri Southern 61

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Beyond The Box: Arkansas 70, Missouri Southern 61

STAR OF THE GAME

Head coach Tom Collen had talked all offseason about how his freshman class would need to step up and play as if they were upperclassmen. Jessica Jackson answered the call in her first action with the lights on in Bud Walton Arena, as the freshman led the team with 14 points and nine rebounds in its exhibition matchup against Missouri Southern. Jackson shot 35 percent from the floor and 50 percent from three-point range in her first collegiate action.

PLAY OF THE GAME

Keira Peak took over for the Razorbacks right out of the gates to begin the second half and ignited a 10-4 run with back-to-back scoring plays. The senior scored twice within the first 35 seconds of the half, opening with a jumper, then following with an impressive hustle play by stealing an arrant Missouri Southern pass and finishing on a drive to the rim.

TURNING POINT OF THE GAME

After a competitive first half and the game still within reach, Arkansas ran off a 15-4 run to close the first half and begin the second half. The offensive spurt helped the Razorbacks build a 16-point lead just under four minutes into the second half. Peak played the biggest role, scoring six points on 3-of-4 shooting over the course of the run.

STAT OF THE GAME

With its win over Missouri Southern, Arkansas improved to 10-0 against other NCAA teams in exhibition games. The Razorbacks’ 10-game winning streak is also the longest exhibition game streak in program history.



Sports Category : Basketball (W)