Claremore Daily Progress


March 22, 2013

WNIT: Arkansas knocks off Memphis, 67-57


FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The Tigers hit two baskets but the Razorbacks found another gear hitting seven of their next 10 shots doubling up the score over Memphis.

As the first half came to a close, Arkansas had a 39-21 lead heading into the locker room.  The Razorbacks shot 48.4 percent, the fourth-best shooting percent in a first half this season.  Wilson led all scorers with 12 points going 5-for-5 in the opening frame.

The Razorbacks began the second half much the same as they started the game and struggled to get into their offensive rhythm.  The Tigers sprinted out to a 5-0 run before Williams hit a baseline jumper to get the offense started.

Wilson hit a three from the left side on an in bounds play as the crowd got back into the game and Arkansas regained the momentum.

The Tigers were a different team in the second half.  Their shots started falling and they picked up the defensive intensity and the Razorbacks were forced to adjust as the half wore on.  The fouls started to pile up for Arkansas as the Tigers’ offense continued to connect.

Arkansas suffered with an 0-for-5 run while the Tigers put together a 6-0 run closing the gap to 12, 51-39.  Memphis cut the Arkansas lead to six, 53-47, with a three pointer from the top of the key but an ensuing foul sent Berna to the line.  The sophomore hit both freebies moving the lead back to eight for Arkansas with just over six minutes to play in the game.

The Razorbacks kept chipping away trading baskets finished the game with a 7-0 run to get the win and advance in the tournament.

For the game, Arkansas was 22-for-58 and hit seven three pointers.  The Razorbacks were 16-for-22 from the line behind Bern’s 5-for-8 night and Sarah Watkins was 4-for-4.

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