TEMPE, Ariz. – Junior Malica Monk scored a team-high 12 points but it was not enough as the University of Arkansas women’s basketball team fell at Arizona State, 89-43, in the final game before the holiday break.
Eighteen first half turnovers and a 20-0 Arizona State (9-3) run to close the half sealed Arkansas’ (8-4) fate in the game. ASU’s big inside game allowed the Sun Devils to stretch the court where they hit nine first-half 3-pointers to lead 52-14 at the break.
Monk and Jailyn Mason had six points each at the half and ASU held graduate student Devin Cosper scoreless through the first 20 minutes. Mason finished with six points and Cosper dropped in eight, all in the second half.
Arkansas hit its first 3-pointer late in the third quarter when Raven Northcross-Baker connected from distance. She finished with eight points.
Trailing by as many as 50 points, Arkansas put together a run in the fourth quarter, outscoring ASU 14-2 over a two-plus minute span. That run was fueled by Cosper hitting a pair of 3-pointers.
The Razorbacks won the fourth quarter, 18-16, and Monk went 2-for-2 from the free throw line. She has made 14 consecutive bonus shots.
• Malica Monk scored Arkansas’ first points. It is the fourth time Monk has scored first for Arkansas.
• Arkansas committed a season high for turnovers with 23.
• ASU hit an opponent season high with 12 3-pointers.
• Malica Monk reached double figure points for the 12th consecutive game.
The Razorbacks break for the holidays and return to Bud Walton Arena on Dec. 28 hosting Grambling State. Southeastern Conference action opens with Ole Miss at home on Dec. 31.
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