Minus Moore, Arkansas Looks Helpless

FAYETTEVILLE -- Kristin Moore sat in street clothes on the Arkansas bench, out with a torn ACL on her right knee. The 6-foot-1 junior forward from Chicago was helpless, limited to the role of sideline cheerleader.

Without Moore, though, the Lady Razorbacks appeared even more helpless.

Turnover after turnover, missed shot after missed shot, Arkansas suffered though a night of ill fortune. And visiting Florida feasted on the Lady'Backs all along the way, taking a 68-56 win in Bud Walton Arena with them back to Gainesville.

"I'm not going to lie to you," said Arkansas coach Susie Gardner. "Moore is a huge part of our team. A huge part of our team and a huge part of our success so far.

"Certainly I'm not making excuses, but that has something to do with us not being the team we were the last three or four games."

With Moore's 6.3 points and 5.9 rebounds nowhere to be found, the Lady'Backs looked lost. In the first half, turnovers were the killer.

Instead of being the harasser and forcing steal after steal -- as it's done game after game -- Arkansas looked befuddled on offense, committing 14 first-half miscues while falling behind 43-26.

"Their pressure defense was taking us out of our game," said Lady'Backs sophomore point guard Kristin Peoples. "And we were partially to fault."

Where turnovers did in Arkansas in the first half, poor shooting did the trick in the second half. The Lady'Backs hit just 10 of 35 shots from the field in the final 20 minutes, as no one found their groove.

Rochelle Vaughn struggled the most, hitting just 1 of 14 from the floor while Peoples and Sarah Pfeifer were both only 3 of 10. But Pfeifer -- always ready to take the heat -- wasn't blaming Moore's absence or Florida's scheme for this lowly performance.

"I don't think it was their defense, it was our offense," Pfeifer said. "Man, we've got to do better because our defense was good enough to win the game."

Arkansas (10-3, 0-2) managed to cut Florida's big lead to nine points late in the second half with a couple of 3-pointers by April Seggebruch. But turnovers and missed opportunities never allowed the Lady'Backs to seriously threaten the Gators.

"I just feel that we have to work on our shooting, being SEC players," Peoples said. "We just have to work on our shots."

With Kristin Moore in her street clothes for the first time since tearing an ACL, Arkansas looked a little lost. But hopefully, for the Lady'Backs sake, it was just one of those nights.

"I think shooting is contagious," Gardner said. "If a couple of people are hitting, everyone feels like everything is good. But if no one is hitting, you feel a little tight, perhaps, and yeah, I think we were (frustrated)."

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