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Harris has 14 in Razorback loss

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Harris has 14 in Razorback loss

FAYETTEVILLE — Senior Lyndsay Harris scored 14 points while junior Quistelle Willilams grabbed six rebounds but the University of Arkansas women’s basketball team could not overcome a slow start, falling to No. 6/7 Tennessee, 38-69, in Bud Walton Arena, Sunday. The Razorbacks (11-4, 0-3 SEC) started the game with three quick turnovers and went 0-for-6 in the first five minutes forcing head coach Tom Collen to burn a quick timeout with Arkansas down 11-0 early. Tennessee’s (12-3, 3-0 SEC) early 1-3-1 zone also hampered the Razorbacks’ ability to score as they were not able to create space for a good shot. Arkansas elevated its defense and picked up the intensity on the offensive end of the floor but the early deficit was difficult to erase. The shooting woes continued throughout the half with the Razorbacks ending the period shooting 10 percent on 3-for-30. Their 11 points at the break tied a program low for all games for halftime scoring as they trailed 11-31. Arkansas shook up the starting lineup to start the second half and Harris popped out and hit a three as they tried to jump start the offense. The intensity went up a notch on the Razorback side of the floor but some quick fouls dampened the momentum for Arkansas. Tennessee, meanwhile, continued to shoot well and more than doubled the Razorbacks on the glass. “Well it was disappointing,” said Collen. “I was a little surprised that we were as shocked as we were with their defense. “It’s nothing new that we hadn’t seen before but they guarded us better and with better players than anything we have seen all season. That’s a credit to Tennessee. “I told our players this game is in the trash,” Collen continued. “We are not going to look back on this but we are looking forward starting with practice tomorrow.” Harris finished with 14 points and was the only Razorback in double figures. Ashley Daniels and Williams each had six while C’eira Ricketts had four points. Arkansas shot 18.2 percent for the game on 10-for-55 shooting. The Razorbacks hit 15-of-16 from the line and had 38 rebounds in the loss. The Razorbacks travel to Ole Miss Thursday Jan. 12 and host Auburn Jan. 15, as SEC play continues. For more information regarding Razorback women’s basketball or University of Arkansas athletics, please visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com. NOTES -Arkansas is 1-22 all-time against Tennessee -Tom Collen is 0-5 against Tennessee as a head coach -Tom Collen changed the starting line up for the first time this year, staring Lyndsay Harris for Calli Berna -This is the first of two meetings between these teams this year -11 first half points ties a program low for points in a half -Arkansas changed the starters for the second half for the first time this season going with Harris, Robinson, Williams, Daniels and Ricketts -Arkansas welcomed 5,258 fans to Bud Walton. It is the largest home crowd of the season.



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