FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (UofA) – The University of Arkansas scored a season-high 81 points and grabbed a season-best 64 rebounds with four players in double figures in a 81-50 win over Morgan State Monday.
The win is the ninth in a row as the Razorbacks move to 9-1 on the year. Morgan State falls to 2-6 overall. Arkansas hosts Texas Southern Wednesday in a 7 p.m. tip from Bud Walton Arena.
"It was an ugly first half," senior Lyndsay Harris said. "But our guards and posts trapped better in the second half and we were able to control the tempo."
Harris, a senior from Hoover, Ala., scored a game-back 14 and grabbed six boards to lead Arkansas. Senior Ashley Daniels had 12 points and juniors Sarah Wakins and Erin Gatling had 11 points each for Arkansas. Quistelle Williams had a career-best 12 rebounds leading Arkansas to 64 boards in the win.
Both teams struggled in the opening minutes with sluggish offenses but the Razorbacks were able to put a lot of pressure on Morgan State and or on an 11-0 run to open a 17-6 lead with under 10 to play in the first half. The offensive spurt was enough to doom MSU for the half as the Razorbacks took a 30-19 lead into the locker room at the half.
Arkansas opened the second half with a 6-0 run before Morgan State was able to get on the board but the Bears responded launching some threes that let them stay in the game in the early minutes of the second frame.
It didn't take long, however, for the Razorbacks to find their offense in the second frame. Every player (six) on the floor scored in the first five minutes of the half as the Razorbacks stretched the lead to 17, 42-25, forcing a Bear timeout.
Arkansas finished the game shooting 43.1 percent holding MSU to 23.4 percent for the game.
"We were more energized in the second half," said Arkansas head coach Tom Collen. "We were a little inconsistent in the post in the first half. It was what we expected but not what we wanted. I though Erin and Jhasmin (Bowen) really did a good job of energizing us. They took their time and stepped up and finished shots."
Arkansas hosts Texas Southern Wednesday at 7 p.m. followed by a doubleheader with the Razorback men's basketball team Dec. 28.