Women’s basketball earns hard-fought win over Tulsa

FAYETTEVILLE- In a matchup between two undefeated teams on Monday night, Arkansas women’s basketball edged Tulsa, 79-70. On a cold, snowy night in northwest Arkansas, both teams were on fire with a combined 23 3-pointers, while Erynn Barnum led all scorers for the third time this season with a career-high 27 points. Arkansas started the year 3-0 for the second time in three years, while handing Tulsa its first loss of the season as the Golden Hurricane fell to 2-1.

Tulsa struck first, but then went 0-4 downfield, putting Arkansas on an 8-0 run. That run was capped off with one of Makayla Daniels’ four 3-pointers on the night. Rylee Langerman then stabbed one from deep and after another triple from Daniels, Arkansas led 15-5 with 4:33 left in the quarter. Outside of the media timeout, Tulsa went 4-0, but back-to-back Langerman steals created opportunities for the Razorback offense. After another 3-pointer from Daniels, Arkansas extended their lead to 15. Tulsa then began to warm up from top to bottom, making straight 3-pointers, as the Razorbacks led 24-15 after one quarter.

The Golden Hurricane continued the hot shot off the break, cutting the lead to six after another 3-pointer. Samara Spencer began to warm up from the ground up, recording 3 points on consecutive possessions to help Arkansas move up 10 with seven minutes left in the first half. Arkansas fell into a drought for a while, going 0-5 from the field, but were still up nine with 4:24 left in the first half. After the Arkansas drought, the Razorbacks shot 4-on-5 from the field, but that didn’t stop Tulsa from shooting 4-on-4 from the field to end the half. Arkansas still led, 41-34 entering the locker room.

Tulsa hit their seventh and eighth triples of the game outside of the half to go one point closer, but Langerman fed Barnum under the basket on the next possession to move up three. Tulsa then tied the game, unsurprisingly, another 3-pointer, and a few possessions later, the Golden Hurricane took a 46-45 lead after a 3-pointer with 4:38 remaining in the third quarter. Arkansas took a 6-0 run thanks to 3-pointers from Maryam Dauda and Spencer. The Razorbacks led 54-48 going into the fourth quarter.

After Tulsa cut the lead to four to start the fourth quarter, Chrissy Carr joined the party downtown with a triple to extend the lead to seven. Tulsa just didn’t back down and came two points from a layup with 7:23 remaining in the game. It was as close as Tulsa came to taking the lead, as Arkansas closed the quarter with a 21-13 advantage to clinch a 79-70 victory. Barnum delivered 13 of his career-high 27 points in the fourth quarter and the team went 9 for 16 from the charity stripe in the frame, which was enough to solidify the victory.

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Arkansas is set to host Kent State on Thursday, Nov. 17 with a 7 p.m. tip-off. The game serves as a kickoff to honor Native American Heritage Month. More details on how the Arkansas women’s basketball team will be celebrating the month will be posted on our social media pages in the coming weeks.

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