No. 16 Arkansas (14-6, 4-5) held off Missouri (6-7, 2-6) in the latest edition of the Battle Line Rivalry, beating the Tigers, 85-80, in Mizzou Arena Thursday night. Arkansas has now swept the season series against Mizzou two years in a row, as the Hogs also beat Mizzou, 91-88, on Jan. 3 in Fayetteville.
Arkansas guards Destiny Slocum and Chelsea Dungee poured in two outstanding offensive performances to lead the Razorbacks to the victory. Slocum was simply superb in the win, notching a double-double with 22 points and 10 assists while shooting at an incredibly efficient clip, going 8-13 from the field and 6-8 from deep. Dungee scored a game-high 27 points while grabbing five rebounds in 38 minutes. Amber Ramirez also chipped in with 17 points on 6-11 shooting and four assists.
Arkansas got off to a fast start in this one, opening the game on a 13-2 run. The Hogs kept the pressure on in the second quarter thanks to 16 combined points from Dungee and Slocum in the frame. Arkansas took a 45-39 lead to the locker room.
After starting the fourth quarter with a 12 point advantage, Arkansas allowed a quick 9-0 run to the Tigers, and Missouri made its way all the way back to take its second lead of the game with 2:22 to go. Arkansas took the lead right back after a pair of Dungee free throws, though, and Slocum sealed the game with a clutch three-pointer in the game’s final moments. Some solid free throw shooting down the stretch cemented the win for Arkansas as the Razorbacks escaped Columbia with their first conference road win.
- Slocum became the first Hog with 10+ assists in a game since Malica Monk had 10 against Grambling State back in 2017 (12-28-17).
- It was the first 10+ assist performance by a Hog in an SEC game since Jailyn Mason had 10 against Ole Miss in 2017 (1-1-17).
- Senior forward Taylah Thomas had five blocks in the game, a new career best.
- Dungee has now scored 20+ points in eight of nine SEC games this year, and has scored in double-figures in 24 straight games.
- Ramirez made five threes in the game, her third straight game with 5+ makes from deep.
NEXT TIME OUT
Arkansas’s matchup against Texas A&M has been pushed up a week to Sunday, with the Razorbacks next heading to College Station to take on the Aggies. The game will be broadcast on the SEC Network with tipoff scheduled for 2 p.m. CT.