FAYETTEVILLE – The No. 22/24 University of Arkansas women’s basketball team improved to 12-0 on the year with a 41-point win over Furman in Bud Walton Arena Tuesday.
Arkansas (12-0) picked up a dominating 88-47 win over Furman (6-6) and had five players in double-digits for the win. The 41-point victory is the largest for Razorback head coach Tom Collen at Arkansas.
"I’m really pleased with the team," Collen said. "This was a test. The big question coming in was can we shake the rust off. We did that. Our starters set the tone and that comes from being a more veteran ball club."
Arkansas was paced by junior Lyndsay Harris who scored a game-high 16 points – all in the first half. Harris was 6-for-11 including 4-for-8 from beyond the arc.
Junior Ashley Daniels posted her second double-double of the season with 15 points and 10 rebounds while sophomore Sarah Watkins scored 12 points and had three blocked shots. Sophomore Quistelle Williams had 11 points in her first double-digit night of the season and junior C’eira Ricketts added 10 points and had four assists in the win for the Razorbacks.
"We came into the game wanting to get out to a fast start," Watkins said. "We were focusing on playing really good defense and we knew that would make for good offense."
"We feel really confident," added Daniels. "We wanted to finish big and that gives us confidence going into the Florida game."
The Razorbacks shot 53.3 percent for the game and were better than 77 percent from the line going 17-for-22 from the stripe.
Arkansas forced Furman into 22 turnovers while committing a season-low eight and the Razorbacks turned its opponent turnovers into 28 points on the night.
A dominating first half let Arkansas sail throughout the ball game. The Razorbacks shot 48.6 percent for the first stanza going 17-for-35 and 6-for-10 from three-point range.
Arkansas was up 7-4 and went on a 12-0 run taking a 19-4 lead that seemed to crush Furman’s spirits. The Razorbacks led by as many as 27 before taking a 21-point, 44-23, lead into the locker room at the half. Arkansas’ 44 points is the second-highest halftime point total of the season.
Harris had 16 points at the break and was 4-for-6 from three-point range. Arkansas won the rebounding battle, 21-19, and had forced nine Furman turnovers, scoring 15 points off those miscues.
The second half became a teaching clinic for Collen as he played every player available and often had three or four freshman on the floor together.
"We can’t win in the SEC with five or six players," Collen said. "We need the seven, eight and nine players to step up. They had that chance tonight. Yashira (Delgado) had some good minutes tonight. I feel pretty comfortable with her in there. Quistelle also played well. We need that third post player to play well and I was pleased with her effort tonight."
The Razorbacks return to action beginning Southeastern Conference play Sunday, Jan. 2, at Florida. That game is televised by FSN/SUN.