Photo Courtesy: UA Athletics (Logan J. Webster)
ATHENS, Ga. (Univ. of Ark.) - The University of Arkansas got eight points each from Dominique Wilson and Erin Gatling but it wasn't enough as they fell 66-34 at No. 13/12 Georgia in Athens, Ga., Thursday.
Arkansas (17-9, 5-8 SEC) got out of the gates with a slow start and committed 23 turnovers while shooting a season-low and tying a program low in an SEC game 34 points in the loss.
"Well clearly we are disappointed," said Arkansas head coach Tom Collen. "This was a game we feel like we were really well prepared for and we let it get away. We are going to have to regroup and come out strong in the rest of the games as we near the end of our regular season."
The first half was a struggle for the Razorbacks as cold shooting and turnovers quickly took their toll. Georgia stretched the lead to 14 at the halfway point and Arkansas was not able to recover.
The Razorbacks scored just 16 points in the first 20 minutes, the second lowest scoring performance against an SEC opponent this season. Fourteen first-frame turnovers by the Razorbacks allowed the Bulldogs some easy looks and they made the most of them, shooting 45 percent on 13-for-29 in the opening half.
Arkansas got eight points from Gatling but shot just 32 percent hitting just seven field goals in the opening stanza.
The second half opened in much the same fashion with the Razorbacks committing four quick turnovers allowing Georgia to score.
For the game, Arkansas shot just 26 percent on 14-of-53 from the floor. The Razorbacks got to the foul line just six times hitting four bonus shots on the night.
In addition to Gatling and Wilson, Arkansas got scoring from Quistelle Williams with six points, while Keira Peak and Melissa Wolff had four each. Collen played nine players getting good minutes for several underclassmen. It was the first game this season in which Arkansas did not have a player in double figures.
The Razorbacks return to action hosting #11/10 Tennessee Sunday at 1 p.m. in Bud Walton Arena. Tickets are just $5.