With neither team able to set up an offensive rhythm in the first half, Kentucky was able to capitalize on Arkansas’ lack of scoring throughout the first five minutes of the contest as it took a 6-1 lead into the first media timeout with 14:03. Coming out of the break, the Lady’Backs were able to muster their first bucket of the contest on a Christon layup to cut the Wildcat lead in half. Peoples tied the score at eight on the second of two consecutive buckets to renew the contest with 13:08 in the period.
Arkansas’ next possession gave the Lady Razorbacks their first lead as Vaughn buried a three from the corner. Adrienne Bush made it a five point Arkansas advantage on the Lady’Backs fifth consecutive bucket, which erased a five-point deficit and made it a five-point lead. Arkansas’ lead grew to six, but its cold shooting hand returned allowing the Wildcats to claw their way back into the contest and tie the game at 18.
Kentucky’s four minute, 10-0 run gave it a second lead which it carried into the break, 26-24.
Danyelle Payne had a career high 20 points to lead Kentucky, followed by 15 from Sara Potts and 11 from SeSe Helm.
The Lady Razorbacks are on the road for their next contest another SEC matchup against the University of Florida in Gainesville, Fla., on Sunday, February 22. Tip off is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.