Pigs catch fire in the second half, Sweep Mizzou, 88-71

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COLUMBIA, Mon – Arkansas Women’s Basketball (16-8, 6-5) won its second straight game Sunday afternoon at Mizzou Arena and rode 54 points in the second half to an 88-71 win over Missouri (16-9, 5-7 ). With the win, the Hogs have now won six straight games against their rivals. Head coach Mike Neighbors’ side put in arguably their best performance of the season on Sunday – shooting 47 percent from the field, 40 percent from three and dominating the Tigers on the glass, 49-37.

Redshirt senior guard Amber Ramirez’s stellar SEC season continued as she recorded 25 points and nine rebounds to win. The Splash Sister went scoreless in the first quarter but dominated from there, finishing the season with over 20 points in their seventh game. Newcomer Samara Spencer was outstanding on her return to the floor, posting a career-best with 22 points, seven boards and four assists.

TURNING POINT

Mizzou headed into the dressing room at half-time with some momentum as Aijha Blackwell’s one and one ended the first half goal. Blackwell and the Tigers went into the break with a 41-34 lead, keeping the Hogs off the field on just 36 percent shots in the first two quarters.

However, Arkansas turned up the heat in the second half, dominating the home side 54-30 in the last two frames. Spencer and Sasha Goforth both fell to 15 chips after the break, while Ramirez entered with 14 chips. The Hogs went into the fourth quarter with a four lead after being down as much as 11 in the third period. Ramirez had several spectacular, swing-changing plays in the half, but none surpassed her deep three-pointer that beat the third-quarter buzzer.

The Hogs would tear the game wide open in the final frame, outpacing the Tigers 26-12. The Neighbors’ team hit eight of their 13 shots in the frame, including three of four from downtown.

PIGS HIGHLIGHTS

  • Ramirez has just been unstoppable lately – she’s lost 25 or more in four of her last five games.
  • Spencer has scored 20 or more in three of their last four games played.
  • Freshman Jersey Wolfenbarger registered her second double-double of her career, recording 12 points and 11 rebounds.
  • Goforth has now scored 15+ points in consecutive games. She also blocked three Mizzou shots, her 13thth Play with multiple blocks this season.
  • Rylee Langerman racked up four steals in the game, a new career high.

NEXT TIME-OUT

The Razorbacks will stay on the road and head to Gainesville for a showdown with the Florida Gators. The Hogs play Thursday, February 17 and tip-off is scheduled for 5pm CT.

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