FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Dominique Robinson, Jhasmin Bowen and Dominique Wilson had season-best nights leading the University of Arkansas women's basketball team to an 80-41 win over Northwestern State giving head coach Tom Collen a birthday victory.
Arkansas moved to 11-1 on the year with the 39-point win over NSU (4-5).
"Overall, I think we are in pretty good shape at this point in the season," Collen said. "I really like the way we played the last three games. We were able to make a lot of adjustments on the fly and I was pleased with that."
Bowen scored 17 points in 24 minutes to lead the Razorbacks while Robinson added 15 points going 5-for-5 from the floor including 2-for-2 from three-point range.
"It was a great game for Dominique," Collen said. "She has battled so hard to return from injury and she's been practicing harder and getter better."
The duo led four players in double figures with senior Sarah Watkins adding 14 and Wilson added a career-best 12 points for the Razorbacks.
Arkansas dominated nearly every statistical category shooting 49.1 percent for the game on 28-for-57 from the floor. Arkansas was 18-for-26 from the line and outrebounded NSU 45-21 in the game.
Arkansas won the tip and scored first eventually opening a nine point lead but the Razorback coaching staff was not pleased with the execution early in the contest.
Collen took a timeout just inside the five minute mark and made wholesale lineup changes subbing for all five starters in an effort to find an offensive rhythm and a defensive stop. Early turnovers and cold shooting hurt the effort but Arkansas made up for it with solid rebounding.
The Razorbacks went into the locker room with a 38-25 lead paced by Robinson's season-best 12 points. They ended the half with a good shooting effort that boosted their shooting percentage to 48.1 on 13-for-27 from the floor. Although they had 15 turnovers at the break, Arkansas also had 20 rebounds and held NSU to just 10 in the first frame.
In addition, the Razorbacks created opportunities at the free throw line shooting 60 percent going 9-for-15 from the line in the first half. NSU only got to the line five times and hit all of their bonus shots.
Arkansas was more focused on offense to start the second half and their aggressive play led to points early as they continued to stretch the lead.
As the half wore on, Collen continued to platoon players in making liberal substitutions keeping fresh legs on the floor. The Razorbacks put together an 8-0 in just over 1:30 around the seven minute mark as they put the game out of reach for NSU.
The Razorbacks outscored NSU 42-16 in the second half shooting 50 percent on 15-for-30 from the floor.
Arkansas breaks for four days before returning to Bud Walton for practice on Dec. 26 and 27 in preparation for Coppin State Dec. 28.
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(Source: University of Arkansas)