FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (ArkansasRazorbacks.com) – McKenzie Adams scored 18 points and Keira Peak added 10 points, but it was not enough as the University of Arkansas women's basketball team (14-3, 1-3 SEC) fell 54-50 to Mississippi State (14-3, 1-2 SEC) at Bud Walton Arena on Sunday.
A defensive battle in the first half led to a low-scoring start and a 25-23 lead for Arkansas at halftime. The Razorbacks shot just 32 percent from the floor, including 1-for-7 three-point shooting. Mississippi State shot 39 percent and made its mark in the paint with 16 of its 23 points coming down low. Adams led the Razorbacks early and was tied for a game-high nine points by the break.
Peak settled in at the free-throw line, shooting 6-for-10 in the first half. MSU's leading scorer, Kendra Grant, ran into early foul trouble and picked up four personal fouls in the opening frame.
A 12-5 run to open the second half helped kick start the Razorbacks, extending the lead to a game-high nine points at 37-28 with 13:26 to play. The Bulldogs came right back with a 10-0 run of their own, however, to regain a 38-37 lead. Peak reached double digits and joined Adams. The teams traded leads in the second half, as Jhasmin Bowen found some room to score late and finished the game with nine points. Bowen, along with four other Razorbacks, would play the majority of the second half in foul trouble, however, as MSU continued to work the ball inside. A three-pointer from Dominique Dillingham with 1:47 remaining proved to be the dagger, however, as MSU went up 53-50 and would hold to win.
A clutch three-pointer from Dominique Dillingham with 1:47 to go took life out of Bud Walton Arena and proved to be the dagger, as the Bulldogs took the late lead and would hold on for the win. Arkansas was held to just one field goal over the final four minutes.
Player of the Game:
Coming off a career-high 23 points at Florida, McKenzie Adams racked up 18 points for her encore against Mississippi State. The freshman was 11-for-12 from the free-throw line and also added five rebounds and two assists.
Quoting Coach Collen:
"Mississippi State played with a lot of intensity. They knew exactly where they wanted to go with the basketball, they knew what they wanted to do and they knew what shots were there for them. They wanted to get inside and our interior defense wasn't that good. We got in foul trouble and that didn't help us any. They just kept attacking us down there. It was a tough loss for us. Mississippi State is a good basketball team."