(AGENPARL) – MONROE (LOUISIANA), ven 04 dicembre 2020
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The ULM women’s basketball team ran into buzzsaw in No. 16 Arkansas, falling 103-50 to the Razorbacks in the season-opener for the Warhawks Thursday night at Bud Walton Arena.
The Warhawks (0-1), playing with five returning players and six true freshmen on Thursday night, had a brief leads early, going up 2-0 and 4-2, before the Razorbacks (4-1) used a 20-0 run to break the game open.
“Arkansas is a great team and one of the best we will face this season,” ULM head coach Brooks Donald Williams said. “It was an incredible experience for this young team to play their first collegiate game against a pace like theirs. I have no doubt this will help us get back home and improve in many ways.”
Freshman Kyren Whittington made her first career start in her debut and scored the first points of the season on a runner in the lane with 8:02 left in the opening quarter to put the Warhawks up 2-0. Senior Diamond Brooks knocked down a pair of free throws moments later for the 4-2 advantage.
Then the Razorbacks went to work. ULM was scoreless over the next 4:47 as the Hogs came alive. Arkansas’ Destiny Slocum had 10 of the Razorbacks’ 20 points in the run as they built a 22-4 lead.
The Razorbacks built the lead out to 30 in the second quarter and poured it on from there. Whittington added six more points in the second quarter to lead the Warhawks with eight points at halftime. Arkansas led 59-31.
The Hogs led by as much as 40 in the third quarter before ULM used a 6-0 spurt to chip into the deficit. Gracen Williams, freshman Sadie Williams and van Schaik each chipped in two points as ULM trailed 76-42. Arkansas increased the lead to 78-42 at the end of the third quarter.
The Razorbacks open the fourth quarter with 16 straight points to build a 94-42 advantage. ULM ends the game by scoring the final six points but falls 103-50.
Senior Whitney Goins knocked down three 3-pointers and finished with a team-high 11 points. Senior Kierra Crockett added 11 rebounds. Slocum led Arkansas with 18 points as the Razorbacks had six players score in double figures.
Arkansas shot 55.4% (36-of-65) from the floor and knocked down 10 3-pointers, while ULM shot 28.8% (17-of-59) from the field. Arkansas outrebounded ULM 42-35.
The Warhawks play their home opener at 2 p.m. Sunday against Louisiana College. For links to live audio and stats, visit ULMWarhawks.com. To buy tickets, call 318-342-HAWK or go to ULMWarhawks.com.