COLUMBIA, Mo. – Sophomore Jessica Jackson scored 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds but it wasn’t enough as the University of Arkansas women’s basketball team dropped the last game of the regular season at Missouri, 57-41, Sunday.
The loss drops Arkansas to 16-12 overall and 6-10 in the SEC while Missouri moves to 17-12 and 7-9 in the league.
The shooting was as cold as the outside temps to start the game for both teams. The Razorbacks got a basket from Jackson and that was the only score for Arkansas as Missouri took a 4-2 lead into the first media timeout at the 15:36 mark of the game.
Rebounding kept Arkansas in the game early and back-to-back three pointers by Jackson and Brooks saw the Razorbacks close the gap, trailing 8-10 with 11:51 to go in the game. But Missouri heated up from distance and Arkansas struggled offensively going over 12 minutes without a field goal to finish the first half.
The Tigers took a 24-11 lead into the locker room at the break as the Razorbacks shot just 13.6 percent on 3-for-22 from the floor. Arkansas’ only points came from the line in the last 10 minutes of the first frame.
Arkansas came out of the locker room and hit two quick baskets but the Tiger offense was steady and answered. Arkansas finished the game shooting 27.3 percent on 15-for-55 shooting. Arkansas lost the turnover battle and was outrebounded in the game.
With the loss Arkansas, the Razorbacks move to 6-10 in the SEC. If Georgia defeats Florida (the Bulldogs were leading at half) they would also have a 6-10 SEC record tying Arkansas. The Razorbacks would win the tie breaker over Georgia and will likely be the eighth seed in the SEC Tournament.
If Florida wins, they have the tie breaker over Arkansas and the Razorbacks would possibly fall to a ninth seed. The complete SEC Tournament bracket will be announced Sunday evening after all of the games are complete.
* @RazorbackWBB has finished the regular season with a 16-12 overall record and a 6-10 mark in the SEC.
o It is the 27th time in program history the team has won at least 16 games.
* With the loss, Arkansas moves to 10-5 all-time against Missouri. Arkansas is 5-1 against the Tigers in Fayetteville, 4-4 in Columbia and 1-0 on a neutral floor. The Razorbacks are 5-1 against the Tigers since they joined the SEC.
* Freshman McKenzie Bostad was the first player off the bench for Arkansas.
* Arkansas’ 11 first half points ties a program low for an SEC game (last time vs. Tennessee, 1-8-12)
* Jessica Jackson has scored in double figures in 22 games this year and in eight consecutive games. Jackson finished with 19 in the game.
o Jackson added 11 rebounds
o It is her fourth double-double of the year and her ninth of her career.
* Senior Jhasmin Bowen scored in double figures for the 14th time this season. Bowen finished with 11 despite playing the final 10 minutes with four fouls.
o Bowen also had 10 rebounds. It was her third double double of the year and the sixth of her career.