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Three players in double figures lead to win

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Three players in double figures lead to win

FAYETTEVILLE — The University of Arkansas had two posts in double figures for the first time this year leading the Razorbacks to a 59-39 Southeastern Conference win over Auburn in Bud Walton Arena Sunday. The balanced attack saw Ashley Daniels and Sarah Watkins score 12 each as the Razorbacks notched their first SEC win of the year moving to 12-5 overall and 1-4 in the SEC. Auburn falls to 9-9 and 1-4 in the SEC. Lyndsay Harris added 11 going 3-for-7 from three point range for the Razorbacks. “It just feels good to get a win in the SEC,” Arkansas head coach Tom Collen said. “We were pretty focused today, especially on the defensive end of the floor. Our shooting was still kind of slow to start but the defense kept us in the game.” Arkansas hit a three to start the game and scored its next eight points in the paint, something that had been lacking in the team’s recent losses. Collen substituted liberally in the first half, keeping Auburn guessing on personal and offenses and that gave the Razorbacks an advantage. Arkansas’ aggressive play did see the Razorbacks turn the ball over 10 times but Auburn was unable to convert those miscues into points, scoring just four off turnovers. The Razorbacks were balanced for the half shooting nearly 48 percent going 11-for-23, taking a 28-18 lead into halftime. It was the first halftime lead for the Razorbacks since Dec. 28. Both teams were cold to start the second half and Auburn tried to press the Razorbacks to slow the fast-paced play. Harris, Ricketts and Calli Berna handled the ball well and broke the press keeping the pace moving until the scoring started once again. Both teams finally hit more than three minutes into the second frame and traded baskets in the first 10 minutes of the half. Auburn cut the lead to 10 twice but a three pointer from Harris at the 9:27 mark seemed to knock the wind out of the Tigers as Arkansas stretched the lead to 22 three different times in the final minutes of the game. Arkansas shot 42.9 percent for the game, going 21-for-49. In addition to three players in double figures, Arkansas got seven points from senior C’eira Ricketts and six from sophomore Kiera Peak. Peak paced the team as the Razorbacks out-rebounded Auburn, 38-34. The Razorbacks were also really good in the paint, scoring 24 and holding Auburn to 14. The Razorbacks continue SEC action hosting No. 24/25 Vanderbilt Thursday at 7 p.m. in Bud Walton Arena. The first 1,000 fans will receive team trading cards. NOTES -Arkansas is 11-18 all-time against Auburn -Tom Collen is 3-6 all-time as a head coach against Auburn -Arkansas is 9-1 at Bud Walton this year and 196-75 all-time -Tom Collen is 81-62 in five seasons at Arkansas and 298-132 all-time as a head coach -Today’s game is the first of two meetings with the Tigers this year -Today’s game was part of the SEC’s “We Back Pat” initiative and both teams wore “We Back Pat” shooting shirts



Sports Category : Basketball (W)