STARKVILLE, Miss. – The University of Arkansas women’s basketball team suffered a Southeastern Conference road loss at No. 5/3 Mississippi State in Starkville, Mississippi, on Thursday.
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A great effort, especially in the first half, kept Arkansas (10-5, 1-1 SEC) close to the Bulldogs (16-0, 2-0 SEC) early but an 8-0 run just before the break began to open the lead. State won the game 111-69 finishing with a 19-2 run in the final five minutes.
The Razorbacks had three players in double figures paced by a 15-point effort from Jailyn Mason tying her season-best. Kiara Williams tied her career-high with 13 points and Devin Cosper added 13 points in the loss. Arkansas shot well, at a 45.2% clip hitting 28-of-62 shots in the game.
Arkansas opened the game with a quick 5-0 run behind a 3-pointer from Williams, the first of her career. The Razorbacks trailed by two, 22-20, at the end of the first quarter.
Although Arkansas’ offense continued to play well, the size difference in the paint was the difference in the game. The Bulldogs scored 46 points in the paint while the Razorbacks managed just 20 points inside.
• Kiara Williams had 11 points at the half. It is the second time of the season/career she has been in double-digits in the first 20 minutes.
• Kiara Williams tied her career-best with 13 points.
• Devin Cosper scored 13 points, scoring in double figures for the 13th time this season.
• Jailyn Mason finished with 15 points tying her season-best.
Arkansas continues SEC play hosting Alabama on Sunday, Jan. 7, at 3 p.m., on the SEC Network. The Razorbacks then play back-to-back conference road games traveling to Georgia and Auburn.
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