FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Devin Cosper and Malica Monk had career nights and the University of Arkansas women’s basketball team overcame a double-digit deficit but couldn’t hold off No. 11 Tennessee, falling 90-85, in Southeastern Conference action in Bud Walton Arena on Thursday night.
Cosper scored a career-best 29 points going 10-for-14 from the floor including a 6-for-9 performance from 3-point range. Monk finished with a career-high 25 points including a career-best 4-for-4 performance from distance. Jailyn Mason added 11 points and Kiara Williams scored nine points and had 10 rebounds for Arkansas (12-12, 3-8 SEC).
The game was close for much of the night until the Lady Vols (20-4, 8-3 SEC) stretched their lead to 10 points heading into the fourth quarter. Arkansas outscored Tennessee 28-23 in the frame but had to foul late in the game with time running out.
Tennessee, who ranks second in the nation in free throw shooting, went 15-for-20 from the line to get the win.
Arkansas outscored Tennessee 29-0 in fast break points and forced 19 Lady Vol turnovers, turning that into 24 points. The Razorbacks outscored a much taller Tennessee, 32-30, in the paint but Arkansas was out-rebounded 45-26 in the game.
• Devin Cosper scored a career-best 29 points. It is her sixth 20+ point game of the year and the seventh of her career. It is the 17th game of the season in double figures and the 40th double-digit scoring game of her career. She had a career-high for field goals made (14) and tied her career-best for 3-point field goals made (6).
• Malica Monk scored a career-high 25 points. It is the 23rd game this season and the 39th of her career with double figure points. It is the ninth game of the season/her career with 20+ points. She tied her career-best for field goals made (9) and had a career high for 3-point field goals made (4).
• Jailyn Mason scored 11 points. It is her 15th game of the year in double figures and the 25th of her career.
• Kiara Williams grabbed 10 rebounds. It is her seventh season/career game with double figure boards.
• Bailey Zimmerman played a career-high 40 minutes.
Arkansas hosts No. 15 Missouri on Sunday, No. 11 at 4 p.m. in Bud Walton Arena.
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