Gainesville, Fla. – Arkansas Women’s Basketball (16-9, 6-6) got on its two-game winning streak Thursday night at the Exactech Arena when No. 17 Florida (20-6, 10-3) defeated the Hogs 76-67. Turnovers were the story of the night – Arkansas came into play averaging just under 11 per game, second best in the nation, but finished at 20, the season’s worst mark. The three-point shot was also a story in this one, as Arkansas, a normally excellent three-point ball hitter, hit just one of his 13 shots from beyond the arc.
Turnovers aside, the Hogs’ offense was efficient — head coach Mike Neighbors’ squad shot 49 percent from the field. Reigning freshman of the week Samara Spencer again led the charge, posting a team-high 19 points. Sophomore Sasha Goforth did well in this case as well, scoring 18 points.
That game was close in the first quarter, and the Gators hit the buzzer to end the frame at five. Goforth and company shut it down early, but the Gators really started to back off in the second quarter when they forced nine Arkansas turnovers. Ironically, Arkansas didn’t miss a shot during that period – they were a perfect seven of seven in the frame. The Gator lead was 14 when the halftime buzzer sounded.
The lead continued to grow in the third frame, increasing to as much as 18 points in the third period. Arkansas would make a comeback late, reducing the deficit to eight several times, but not getting close as the Gators were able to smash in some free throws late.
- Spencer has now scored 17 or more points in seven straight games.
- Amber Ramirez recorded the first double-double of her career with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
- Jersey Wolfenbarger showed their continued development, aiming for 15 points and six boards.
- Goforth blocked three more shots against UF, their seventh game of the season with more than 3 blocks.
Arkansas returns to Bud Walton Arena on Sunday, where the Hogs meet Kentucky in Game #23For23. The game begins at 1:00 p.m. CT and will be broadcast live on SEC Network.
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