Lady Razorbacks win big over NSU Friday

From the University of Arkansas

Dominique Robinson,  Jhasmin Bowen andDominique Wilson had season-best nights leading the University of Arkansas women's basketball team to an 80-41 win over Northwestern State giving head coach Tom Collen a birthday victory.

Arkansas moved to 11-1 on the year with the 39-point win over NSU (4-5).

"Overall, I think we are in pretty good shape at this point in the season," Collen said.  "I really like the way we played the last three games.  We were able to make a lot of adjustments on the fly and I was pleased with that."

Bowen scored 17 points in 24 minutes to lead the Razorbacks while Robinson added 15 points going 5-for-5 from the floor including 2-for-2 from three-point range.

"It was a great game for Dominique," Collen said.  "She has battled so hard to return from injury and she's been practicing harder and getter better."

The duo led four players in double figures with senior Sarah Watkins adding 14 and Wilson added a career-best 12 points for the Razorbacks.

Arkansas dominated nearly every statistical category shooting 49.1 percent for the game on 28-for-57 from the floor.  Arkansas was 18-for-26 from the line and outrebounded NSU 45-21 in the game.

Arkansas won the tip and scored first eventually opening a nine point lead but the Razorback coaching staff was not pleased with the execution early in the contest.

Collen took a timeout just inside the five minute mark and made wholesale lineup changes subbing for all five starters in an effort to find an offensive rhythm and a defensive stop.  Early turnovers and cold shooting hurt the effort but Arkansas made up for it with solid rebounding.

The Razorbacks went into the locker room with a 38-25 lead paced by Robinson's season-best 12 points.  They ended the half with a good shooting effort that boosted their shooting percentage to 48.1 on 13-for-27 from the floor.  Although they had 15 turnovers at the break, Arkansas also had 20 rebounds and held NSU to just 10 in the first frame.

In addition, the Razorbacks created opportunities at the free throw line shooting 60 percent going 9-for-15 from the line in the first half.  NSU only got to the line five times and hit all of their bonus shots.

Arkansas was more focused on offense to start the second half and their aggressive play led to points early as they continued to stretch the lead.

As the half wore on, Collen continued to platoon players in making liberal substitutions keeping fresh legs on the floor.  The Razorbacks put together an 8-0 in just over 1:30 around the seven minute mark as they put the game out of reach for NSU.

The Razorbacks outscored NSU 42-16 in the second half shooting 50 percent on 15-for-30 from the floor.

Arkansas breaks for four days before returning to Bud Walton for practice on Dec. 26 and 27 in preparation for Coppin State Dec. 28.

* Arkansas' 11 wins is the third consecutive season the Razorbacks have reached double digits before January and the fifth time in six seasons under Collen.
* Head coach Tom Collen is 321-137 (.701) overall in all games in 15 seasons.
* Collen is 104-67 in six seasons at Arkansas (100th vs. Pepperdine). He is the third coach with 100 wins in program history.
* Collen has taken Arkansas to three postseason appearances (WNIT, 2009, 2011; NCAA Second Round, 2012).
* Arkansas is 42-1 in non-conference games at Bud Walton under Tom Collen (loss to Missouri December 2007).
* Arkansas has won 28 consecutive non-conference games in Bud Walton.
Sarah Watkins has had nine games in double figure scoring/eight in a row.
Quistelle Williams has six games in double figure scoring this year...Williams had double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds at Tulsa…Posted a career-best 18 points against MVSU.
* Senior Sarah Watkins (second-team) and sophomore Calli Berna (all-freshman team) were both All-SEC selections in 2012.
* Arkansas is 207-76 in 20 seasons in Bud Walton Arena.
Sarah Watkins became the 26th player in program history to score at least 1,000 career points. She finished the NSU game with 14 points for 1,117 career points in 109 games. She ranks 22nd in program history.
Sarah Watkins ranks 26th in career rebounds with 506 in 109 games.
Sarah Watkins ranks second in career blocked shots with 167.
Sarah Watkins is the 17th player in program history to reach the 1,000 point, 500 rebound plateau.
* Arkansas has won six tips (Tulsa, Hawai'i, Pepperdine, Furman, MVSU, NSU).
* Arkansas is 10-0 when leading at half…1-0 when tied and 0-1 when trailing at half.
* Arkansas has had nine games with at least three players scoring double figures.
* Arkansas has scored 70+ points nine times this year…80+ five times…90+ twice this year.
* NSU's 21 rebounds is the lowest rebound total for an opponent this year.