WACO, TX (arkansasrazorbacks.com)
Seniors Calli Berna and Jhasmin Bowen ended their Razorback careers after leading the University of Arkansas women's basketball team to an 18-win season and the second round of the NCAA Tournament Sunday.
Arkansas fell to No.5/6 Baylor (34-3) on the Bears' home court, 73-44, to close the season. Jessica Jackson led the Arkansas scorers with 15 points while junior Melissa Wolff had 13 in the loss. Bowen finished her night with seven points and eight rebounds while Berna had five points, six rebounds and eight assists in their final game.
It was as physical and fast-paced as an SEC game the Razorbacks have played all year and Arkansas battled tough in the opening 10 minutes.
Baylor's defense came to life and shut down the Razorbacks holding Arkansas without a field goal from the 12:38 mark through 3:39. The Bears went on a 9-0 run and opened up a 31-16 lead at the under four timeout.
The lead continued to grow as the Razorback offense struggled to find the basket. Arkansas finished the first 20 minutes shooting 25.7 percent on 9-for-25 from the floor.
Wolff paced the Razorbacks in the opening half with eight points.
Baylor opened the second half on an 8-0 run as the Razorback offense never got on track.
Arkansas finished the game shooting just 24.6 percent on 15-for-61 from the floor. The Razorbacks were 2-for-16 from distance, 12-for-19 from the free throw line and grabbed 32 rebounds Sunday.
* This is Arkansas' 10th NCAA Tournament appearance in program history
* The Razorbacks are 13-10 all-time in the NCAA Tournament
* Arkansas has won nine consecutive first-round games
* The last loss in the first round was in 1989 at No. 5 Purdue
* Arkansas is 2-3 in the state of Texas in the NCAA Tournament
* Arkansas was limited to just eight players (Katie Powell out with injury)
* Arkansas went without a field goal from the 12:28 mark through 3:39 in the first half
* Arkansas was 2-for-20 to end the first half
* Arkansas played all eight available players in the first half
* Melissa Wolff led Arkansas with eight points at the half
* Arkansas outrebounded Baylor, 9-4, on the offensive glass in the first half
* There were 10 lead changes and three ties in the game
* Junior Joey Bailey was the first player off the bench for Arkansas
* Arkansas was 15-for-61 from the floor, 2-for-16 from distance and 12-for-19 from the line
Senior Calli Berna
* Scored five points and has 741 career points ranking 40th
* Grabbed six rebounds and has 512 career rebounds ranking 23rd
* Dished out eight assists and has 667 career assists ranking second
* Has 223 career steals ranking fourth
Sophomore Jessica Jackson
* Scored 15 points and has 962 career points ranking 28th
* Scored in double figures for the 25th this year, the 12th consecutive game and the 51st time in her career
Senior Jhasmin Bowen
* Scored seven points and has 861 career points ranking 33rd
* Grabbed eight rebounds and has 503 career rebounds ranking tied for 27th
Junior Melissa Wolff