The Tulsa women's basketball team dropped an 81-43 decision to Arkansas on Tuesday night at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville, Ark. TU fell to 3-3 on the season, while UA moved to 11-0 overall.
"We ran into a hot shooting team, but I think it is indicative of the youth of our team," coach Matilda Mossman said. "I thought we played hard and fought hard. With 11:30 in the first half we were only down two points, but we went back out after the media timeout and Arkansas went into a zone defense and we got rattled. From that point on, the wheels fell off the wagon and we couldn't get them on fast enough. We played tough with them for nine minutes, but our kids went into panic mode and that is due to having youth on the floor."
Sophomore Ashley Clark led Tulsa with 14 points and six rebounds, while Stevi Parker and Loren McDaniel added six points apiece, and McDaniel and Kadan Brady both pulled down five boards. All 14 players for TU saw playing time.
TU struggled from the field, shooting just 25-percent, but went 4-for-11 from three-point range for 36 percent. The Golden Hurricane also shot 72 percent from the charity stripe, making 13-of-18 attempts.
Arkansas forced Tulsa to have 22 turnovers to their 11, while UA had a 14-8 lead in steals and a 46-35 advantage in rebounds. Both teams tallied five blocks in the contest.
There were five lead changes and two tied scores in the first 5:28 off the clock and TU had a 14-11 lead, but Arkansas went on an 18-0 run that spanned nearly 10 minutes on the clock to take a 29-14 advantage at the 5:37 mark. The Golden Hurricane scored six of the next eight points to pull within 11 (31-20), but the Razorbacks hit the final eight points for a 39-20 advantage and a first-half high 19-point lead at the break. In the second half, Arkansas continued to inch ahead and captured a 38-point win.
Arkansas was led by a trio of players in double figures, including 22 points by McKenzie Adams, while Jessica Jackson had 14 and Keira Peak scored 10. Calli Berna pulled down seven rebounds, all of which came on the defensive end, and had 11 assists and four steals.
The Razorbacks shot 46 percent from the field, 60 percent from three point range (9-of-15), and hit just 12-of-26 free throw attempts for 46 percent.
Tulsa will return to action on Saturday, Dec. 14 against Abilene Christian beginning at 2 p.m. at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.