MSU had played well in recent five-point victories over Ole Miss and Auburn; however, that trend did not continue Thursday night. Instead, the Lady Bulldogs shot 25.5 percent from the field – second worst in a game this season. MSU was held below 40 points for the first time this season.
For MSU, it was their lowest point total since an 84-31 conference loss at LSU in 2008. As far as home is concerned, it was the Lady Bulldogs' lowest point total since an 82-32 conference loss to Auburn in 1986.
Both teams struggled mightily through the first half. The Lady Bulldogs actually built a 14-6 lead on back-to-back baskets by Catina Bett. MSU would go the final 11:07 of the opening half with only one made field goal.
The Razorbacks drew within one on a 3-point basket by Lyndsey Harris and moved ahead on a putback by Sarah Watkins. Arkansas ended the half with a 15-2 run to take a 21-16 lead at the intermission.
Each team shot less than 30 percent from the field in the opening half and were a combined 3-of-13 from 3-point range. The charity stripe was not free often either, with each team combining for two makes and six misses.
Still, MSU appeared poised to right the ship early in the second half. A layup by Ashley Brown brought the Maroon and White within 26-23. The Razorbacks answered with the game's next five points.
Again, MSU battled back to a 34-30 deficit with one free throw from Bett at the 10: 17 mark. Alas, the hosts would then go the rest of the way without another field goal. The second half draught would encompass the final 11:55 without a made basket and six made free throws.
A 13-3 run by Arkansas closed out the Razorbacks' third straight victory in this arena.
For the contest, the Lady Bulldogs made 13 of 51 shots from the field (25.5 percent), 1 of 15 shots from 3-point range (6.7 percent) and 8 of 13 shots from the foul line (61.5 percent).
The Razorbacks hit 20 of 65 shots from the field (30.8 percent), 2 of 15 shots from 3-point range (13.3 percent) and 9 of 17 shots from the foul line (52.9 percent).
Arkansas held a 48-41 rebounding advantage. The Lady Bulldogs had five assists and 22 turnovers, while the Razorbacks had 10 assists and 17 turnovers.
Porsha Porter and Martha Alwal each led MSU with seven points apiece. Leading scorer Diamber Johnson had six points, matching her lowest point total of the season. Alwal had a team-high 14 rebounds and blocked six shots.
Ashley Daniels had a double-double for the Razorbacks with 10 points and 14 rebounds. C'eira Ricketts had a team-high 14 points, while Watkins added 10 rebounds.
MSU returns to the road Sunday for a contest at South Carolina. The Bulldogs and Gamecocks tip at 1 p.m. central time and will be regionally televised by the SEC Network and shown locally on My Mississippi.