FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — McKenzie Adams led a three-point barrage and Jessica Jackson added in a double-double for good measure, as the University of Arkansas women's basketball team (12-0) earned a 79-53 win over Tennessee Tech (3-8) inside Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville, Ark., on Friday night.
Finishing 6-for-8 from three-point range, Adams tied for a game-high 18 points and led 58.8 percent shooting from beyond the arc for the Razorbacks. Fellow freshman Jackson also scored 18 points and reached double-digit scoring for the 11th time in 12 games this season, adding 11 rebounds for the first double-double of her career and third of the season for Arkansas.
“She can make shots and she did another great job tonight,” head coach Tom Collen said of Adams. “Also, I thought Jess had one of her best games. We really challenged her and I thought that her effort level really went up in the second half. We saw the results.”
Fresh off a career-high 22 points in the team’s last win over Tulsa, Adams got right back to it and ignited the Razorbacks early against TTU, connecting on three straight three-point baskets to lead all scorers with an early nine points. Arkansas shot 64 percent from the field over the first six and half minutes to build an 18-14 lead by the 13:29 mark.
Opening the game 3-for-3 from beyond the arc, Adams improved to 15-for-20 from three-point range over her last three games. Other Razorbacks joined in on the three-point barrage, as Jackson, Joey Bailey and Kelsey Brooks added one each from distance to help pace early 67 percent three-point shooting for a 25-16 lead by the 10:40 mark of the first half.
With seven three-pointers in the first half, UA finished one shy of tying a program record.
Both teams maintained hot shooting throughout the first half, as the Golden Eagles continued to hang around and trade baskets with the Razorbacks. While UA held a 30-20 lead with 8:13 to play in the half, TTU upheld 53 percent shooting and kept the game competitive. The Golden Eagles outscored the Razorbacks 12-to-4 on points in the paint in the first half.