Arkansas Stays Undefeated with Victory at No. 16 Creighton
OMAHA, Neb. – In the one top-25 matchup of the day in NCAA DI ladies’s basketball, the No. 21/22 Arkansas ladies’s basketball crew (13-0) earned an announcement win at No. 16 Creighton, 83-75. Arkansas was paced by 4 gamers in double digits, led by Samara Spencer’s 26 factors and Saylor Poffenbarger’s third double-double of the season (16 factors and 11 rebounds). The Razorbacks’ 13-0 begin matches one of the best begin for this system since 2013.
Spencer received the Razorbacks rolling, scoring the crew’s first eight factors, as Arkansas led 8-3 within the opening three minutes of the sport. The Razorbacks continued to steer till the Bluejays knocked down a 3-pointer to then path 10-9 on the media timeout with 4:49 left within the first quarter. Poffenbarger’s jumper put the Razorbacks again up for a minute, however Creighton made 4-of-5 subject targets to steer 17-13 with lower than a minute left within the quarter.
With the Razorbacks down 17-13 after 10 minutes, Erynn Barnum made a hard-fought layup to chop the deficit to 2. The Bluejays went chilly from the sector, however stored going to the road, scoring their subsequent 5 factors off freebies, as Arkansas trailed 22-16 with seven minutes left within the quarter. Arkansas went on a 5-0 run, courtesy of a Spencer jumper and a 3-point play by Barnum. The Bluejays then made two free throws, because the Razorbacks trailed 24-21 with 4:40 left within the body. Spencer tied the sport out of the media timeout with a 3-pointer, however Creighton responded on the opposite finish with a triple of their very own to spark a 9-4 run. After head coach Mike Neighbors referred to as a timeout, Rylee Langerman knocked down back-to-back 3-pointers and Spencer adopted with considered one of her personal to assist the Razorbacks finish the quarter on a 9-0 run to steer 37-33 on the half.
Poffenbarger opened the quarter with a jumper, after which the Razorbacks received 4 freebies after a Creighton participant was assessed with a technical foul. Arkansas made three of 4 free throws and Makayla Daniels adopted with a 3-pointer. The Razorbacks led 45-35 with 8:39 left within the third. Creighton sparked a 7-0 run to chop the result in three, however Arkansas made back-to-back baskets to go up by seven. On the media timeout with 4:54 left within the third, Arkansas led 52-47. The Razorbacks went on a 9-4 run, and after a Spencer 3-pointer, Arkansas led by 10. Creighton wouldn’t go away, developing with huge pictures, however Maryam Dauda knocked down a triple to place the Razorbacks up by 11 with 2:35 left within the quarter. The Razorbacks entered the ultimate quarter of a play with an eight-point lead, up 61-53.
Creighton began the fourth quarter with a basket, however then fell in a scoring drought for over two minutes. Barnum made a pair of free throws, as Arkansas went again up by 10. The Bluejays went on a 4-0 run, however Barnum dug the Razorbacks out of their drought from the sector with a layup. Poffenbarger rolled in a 3-pointer and Barnum adopted by a layup, and the Razorbacks prolonged their result in 11, 72-61, with 4:19 remaining within the recreation. Creighton got here out of the media timeout with a 4-0 run, however Poffenbarger responded with a 3-pointer. Pricey turnovers gave Creighton extra alternatives, and as Neighbors referred to as a timeout, Arkansas led 75-69 with 2:44 left within the recreation. Spencer got here up with a giant layup, however Creighton matched, and the Razorbacks had been forward 77-73 with 42 seconds left within the contest. A two-possession recreation for the final minute of the sport, Daniels and Poffenbarger knocked down huge free throws and the Razorback protection stayed resilient to drag out the win, 83-75.
- Spencer logged 26 factors off 10-of-17 capturing from the sector, 5-of-7 from 3-point. She additionally added 4 assists and led the crew in +/- with 13
- Poffenbarger adopted with 16 factors and 11 rebounds together with two steals. The redshirt freshman now has three double-doubles
- Barnum was stable with 15 factors off 5-of-9 from the sector
- In her first recreation again after lacking the final three contests, Daniels logged 14 factors
- Langerman gave the crew an enormous activate the bench with six factors off two triples and 5 rebounds
- The Razorbacks held a hot-shooting Creighton crew to 35 p.c capturing from the sector and 23 p.c from past the arc
Arkansas will keep on the highway and journey to the West Coast to play within the San Diego Invitational. The Razorbacks will play 16/15 Oregon on Tuesday, Dec. 20 at 3 p.m. Central, and can play both No. ¾ Ohio State or USF on Wednesday, Dec. 21.
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