FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (ArkansasRazorbacks.com) – University of Arkansas senior Sarah Watkins became the 21st player in Razorback women's basketball history to grab 500 career rebounds leading her team to a 99-42 win over Mississippi Valley State in Bud Walton Arena Wednesday.
Arkansas (10-1) also got a career-best night from senior Quistelle Williams with 18 points and five boards as the Razorbacks reached the 10-win mark before January for the third consecutive year.
Watkins grabbed her 500th rebound at the 5:53 mark of the second half becoming the 17th player in program history to score at least 1000 points and have 500 boards in her career.
"Big players are hard to find," said Arkansas head coach Tom Collen, "and the fact that Sarah chose Arkansas means a lot. She continues to respond well to coming off the bench and I'm pleased that she was able to reach this milestone tonight."
The Razorbacks wanted to come out with intensity and they did just that dominating the game from tip to buzzer. Arkansas opened the contest on a 9-2 run more than doubling up MVSU (3-6) in the early minutes and the Razorbacks established a tempo that the Devilettes could not match.
Williams had 10 of Arkansas' 18 points in the first five minutes of the game helping the Razorbacks to an 18-7 lead at the first media timeout. Arkansas was 7-for-9 shooting 78 percent at the 14:40 mark of the first half.
The Razorbacks resumed the pressure after the first timeout jumping out with a 7-0 in under a minute as they continued to stretch the lead over MVSU. The run continued through the next media timeout growing to 15-0 in four minutes and Arkansas never looked back.
MVSU put together a bit of a run in the final two minutes as the Razorbacks weathered a 0-6 finish to the half, making the halftime lead to 29, 49-20. Williams finished the half with 14 points, three shy of her career-best. She was 6-for-6 to start the contest. It was the highest first-half point total of the season for the Razorbacks.
Arkansas's second half started a bit slower than the first but the Razorback offense quickly found its rhythm and stretched the lead running away with a 57-point win over the Deviletts. The Razorbacks shot 55.4 percent for the game on 36-for-65 shooting. Arkansas dominated the boards, out-rebounding MVSU, 54-26.
In addition to Watkins and Williams, the balanced Razorback performance included 11 points from sophomore Calli Berna. The Fayetteville, Ark., native was 3-for-4 from the floor and 4-for-5 from the line with seven assists and two steals.
Sophomore Jhasmin Bowen added 10 points and six rebounds while Dominique Robinson and Keira Peak had nine points each for Arkansas.
The Razorbacks host Northwestern State in a 7 p.m. contest Friday in the final game before a four-day holiday break. Youth 17 and under will be admitted free in the general admission seating area.
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